Bulls Drop Road Contest at #14 Kent State
KENT, OH - Facing Mid-American Conference rival Kent State for the second time in three weeks, the Buffalo wrestling team dropped its dual Friday night at Kent, losing 26-9. The Bulls earned wins at 157, 165 and 174, and dropped two other tight matches by one point. The loss drops UB to 5-13 (0-3 MAC) while Kent State moves to 11-4 (4-0 MAC).
The Golden Flashes ran out to a 12-0 lead right away thanks to four straight losses. Kevin Smith gained an early 2-1 lead and secured riding time, but a late takedown by Tyler Small in a 2-2 match gave him the 4-3 win at 141 pounds. In the very next match, Blake Roulo fell behind 2-1 in the first period and was unable to muster any offense in a 3-2 loss.
Buffalo responded in the middle weights despite missing key starter Mark Lewandowski. Wally Maziarz broke the team's string of bad luck in one-point matches with a 3-2 win in his favor over Mallie Shuster at 157. Clay Reeb then came through with a solid 5-2 win over Ross Tice in the 165 bout. Freshman Jake Waste then brought UB within three in the dual with a 4-3 win at 174. With that win, he now has 20 wins this season and 14 in duals, putting him in the program's top 15 for most dual wins in a single season.
Despite getting the score to 12-9, the host Flashes put the comeback attempt on hold with a sweep of the final three matches for a 26-9 win. The Bulls will now travel to Eastern Michigan in search for its first conference dual win of the season. The two teams will square off in a mid-week matchup on Wednesday for a 7 pm dual.
125 Nicholas Bedelyon (Kent State) won by decision over Max Soria (Buffalo) 5-0
133 Steve Mitcheff (Kent State) won by decision over Taylor Golba (Buffalo) 8-2.
141 Tyler Small (Kent State) won by decision over Kevin Smith (Buffalo) 4-3.
149 Marcel Clopton (Kent State) won by decision over Blake Roulo (Buffalo) 3-2.
157 Wally Maziarz (Buffalo) won by decision over Mallie Shuster (Kent State) 3-2.
165 Clay Reeb (Buffalo) won by decision over Ross Tice (Kent State) 5-2.
174 Jake Waste (Buffalo) won by decision over Brandonn Johnson (Kent State) 4-3.
184 Casey Newburg (Kent State) won by major dec over Dominic Montesanti (Buffalo) 11-3.
197 Keith Witt (Kent State) won by pin over Justin Heisermen (Buffalo) 2:04.
285 Brendan Barlow (Kent State) won by decision over Jedd Mason (Buffalo) 7-4.