ATHENS, OH - The Buffalo wrestling team opened Mid American Conference play Saturday evening at Ohio. Despite a comeback from an early deficit, the Bulls could not hold off the host Bobcats, losing 16-15 on a decision in the final match.
It was a typical conference face-off, with each team earning five wins. The difference ended up being in the 141-pound match, with Germane Lindsey earning a four point major decision over Chris Conti. The Bulls came achingly close to winning the dual, falling just a point short at 133 (Kevin Smith won 11-4) and 149 (Desi Green won 10-3). If either or both wrestlers had earned just one more point, they would have earned a major decision and bonus points.
Aside from Smith and Green, Mark Lewandowski won his 157-pound bout 4-0, John-Martin Cannon won at 165 3-2 and Jimmy Hamel won 4-3 at 184 pounds. The Bulls led 15-10 following Hamel's win, but Ohio won the following two matches to overtake Buffalo.
The Bulls are now 7-6 overall and 0-1 in the MAC. The team will return home for a match next Sunday against Kent State, who are currently ranked seventeenth in the nation. Match time is set for 1 pm.
125-Gabe Ramos (Ohio) dec. Sean Walton (UB), 10-9 (Ohio leads 3-0)
133-Kevin Smith (UB) dec. Gavin Moore (Ohio), 11-4 (Meet tied 3-3)
141-#20 Germane Lindsey (Ohio) maj. dec. Chris Conti (UB), 15-5 (Ohio leads 7-3)
149-#16 Desi Green (UB) dec. Darrin Boing (Ohio), 10-3 (Ohio leads 7-6)
157-Mark Lewandowski (UB) dec. Chris Kline (Ohio), 4-0 (UB leads 9-7)
165-John-Martin Cannon (UB) dec. Steve Wilson (Ohio), 3-2 (UB leads 12-7)
174-Nick Purdue (Ohio) dec. Ron Majerus (UB), 10-5 (UB leads 12-10)
184-Jimmy Hamel (UB) dec. Ryan Garringer (Ohio), 4-3 (UB leads 15-10)
197-#16 Erik Schuth (Ohio) dec. Josh Peters (UB), 10-6 (UB leads 15-13)
HWT-#20 Jeremy Johnson (Ohio) dec. Brett Correll (UB), 4-2 (Ohio wins 16-15)