EDWARDSVILLE, IL - Highlighted by a record-setting win from Kevin Smith, the Buffalo wrestling team ended its regular season Sunday afternoon with a commanding 28-10 win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. The Bulls won seven matches and earned bonus points in three of them. Smith's decision at 141 pounds was the 52nd of his career, moving him into sole possession of first place on the program's career dual meet wins list.
After a SIU forfeit at 125 and a UB loss at 133, Smith took the mat with his last dual match of his career, needing the win to break his tie at the top of the list with Kyle Cerminara. He jumped out to a 7-1 lead after the first period against Logan Taylor, and starting on bottom in the second period he reversed Taylor and turned his for three two-point near falls to extend the lead. Taking a 15-1 lead into the final period, Smith secured riding time to claim a technical fall.
Wally Maziarz won his second match in as many days, breaking a 2-2 tie in the third period en route to a 6-2 win over Kyle Lowman. Mark Lewandowski followed with his 11th technical fall win of the season after working his opponent over for 17 points in just over two minutes. The junior got a takedown just ten seconds into the match and went to work, turning Steven Ross six times for a 17-0 shutout. Jake Waste's 4-1 decision immediately after gave the team a 22-7 lead in the dual.
Following a close loss by Justin Lozano in the 184-pound bout, Justin Heiserman came through with a clutch win in overtime over Cole Brandt. After the two wrestlers exchanged escapes in the second and third periods, the true freshman got a takedown for the sudden-victory win. Jedd Mason capped the dual with an 8-3 win over Cole Rogers.
With the two weekend wins by Smith, Lewandowski and Waste, the trio finish the season with 16 wins in dual action to put them into an eight-way tie for seventh most for a single season in program history. Lewandowski's five two-point near falls over the weekend give him 21 for the season, a program record, and his 12 total three-point near falls are tied for sixth most for a single season in program history. Smith will end his career at Buffalo with his named dotted all over the program record book. His 126 career takedowns are good for fifth, his 56 escapes are tied for 12th, his 15 reversals are 18th most and his 15 three-point near falls are tied for tenth.
The Bulls end the regular season with a 7-14 overall record and will take two weeks to rest up and prepare for the Mid-American Conference tournament, hosted by Ohio University. The event will begin on Mar. 3.
125 - Max Soria (Buffalo) won by forfeit
133 - Brendan Murphy (SIUE) def. Justin Farmer (Buffalo) 8-2
141 - Kevin Smith (Buffalo) won by tech fall over Logan Taylor (SIUE) 7:00 16-1
149 - Dillon Pousson (SIUE) def. Dan Gormley (Buffalo) 15-1
157 - Wally Maziarz (Buffalo) def. Kyle Lowman (SIUE) 6-2
165 - Mark Lewandowski (Buffalo) won by tech fall over Steven Ross (SIUE) 2:05 17-0
174 - Jake Waste (Buffalo) def. Gabe Hocum (SIUE) 4-1
184 - Deshoun White (SIUE) def. Justin Lozano (Buffalo) 7-6
197 - Justin Heisermen (Buffalo) def. Cole Brandt (SIUE) 3-1 OT
285 - Jedd Mason (Buffalo) def. Cole Rogers (SIUE) 8-3