Kevin Smith Named MAC Wrestler and Scholar Athlete of the Week
BUFFALO, NY - For the first time this season and the fourth time for his career, senior Kevin Smith was named the Mid-American Conference's Wrestler of the Week. The Mexico, NY native earned the honor thanks to a dominating 4-0 weekend at the New York State Collegiate Tournament. This marks the second straight week that a UB wrestler was honored. Smith was also named the MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week, his second time this season.
Buffalo senior Kevin Smith was named the New York State Collegiate Tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler on Sunday after winning all four of his matches en route to the 141-pound title. Wrestling as the top seed in his bracket, Smith got a pin in his opening round and then followed with a 7-4 win over eighth seed Ryan Guynup of Jamestown CC to end the first day of wrestling. On Sunday morning, he edged out Army's Casey Smith 1-0 before earning the title in an emphatic way with a pin 5:45 into the bout with second-seeded Brian Bistis of SUNY Cortland. With the trio of titles, Smith becomes just the second Buffalo wrestler to ever pull off the feat, joining Ray Pfeiffer's three titles in 1975-1977. Only 19 other wrestlers in the tournament's history have won three.
The Bulls (5-11, 0-1 MAC) will honor Smith and seniors Tyler Peter and Taylor Golba this Sunday at the third annual Takedown Cancer Dual. The team will take on MAC rival Ohio (2-5, 1-3 MAC) in what will be Smith's final home dual. The event starts at 11 am, with the dual to follow at 1 pm.