Wrestling Weekly Release
Bulls Travel to Boston for the Season Opener
The University at Buffalo wrestling team will kick off its 2010-11 season for an early-season dual meet against Boston University of the Colonial Athletic Association. This dual meet will mark the beginning of a strenuous 15-day stretch for the team to open the season.
The Terriers have three returning national qualifiers from a team that finished seventh in the conference championships in 2010 and put together a 4-14-1 record in dual meets. This matchup will be the third all-time between the two squads, with the Bulls owning a 1-0-1 record in the series, including a 34-9 win in the most recent match in the 1997-98 season.
Big Name Schools Converge at the UB Open
There will be little turnaround before the team hosts the annual UB Open Sunday morning at 10. The tournament will not feature team scoring and will include many great teams from all over the region. Teams that will be sending either wrestlers or full squads include:
Bloomsburg, Maryland, American International University, Notre Dame College (Ohio), Lehigh, Hofstra, Gannon, Pittsburgh, Niagara County Community College, Jamestown Community College, Edinboro, Ohio State, Rutgers, Mercyhurst, Cortland, Brockport, Kent State and Tompkins Cortland Community College.
The Open will be a star-studded affair, with the day featuring four teams ranked 21st or better in the NWCA/NCAA Division I top 25 and another four D-I squads who are receiving votes in the preseason rankings.
Bulls in the National Spotlight
Four Buffalo wrestlers were recognized as some of the best in the country by multiple media outlets coming into this season. Senior Jimmy Hamel was ranked as high as 16th at 184 pounds by Intermat.com and junior Desi Green (149) earned a #8 rank by WIN Magazine. Fellow junior Kevin Smith (133) got the nod at #14 by Intermat and his classmate John-Martin Cannon was recognized as the 13th best wrestler at 165 pounds.
MAC Preseason Weight Rankings
125– 1. Nic Bedelyon (KSU); 2. Gabe Ramos (OU); 3. Kyle Waldo (CMU); 4. Jared Germaine (EMU).
133– 1. Scott Sentes (CMU); 2. Kevin Smith (UB); 3. Mike Leholm (EMU); 4. Kevin Fanta (NIU).
141– 1. Germane Lindsey (OU); 2. Pat McLemore (NIU); 3. Chase Skonieczny (KSU); 4. Andrew Schutt (UB).
149– 1. Desi Green (UB); 2. J.J. Johnson (EMU); 3. Mallie Shuster (KSU); 4. Ryan Cubberly (CMU).
157– 1. Bryan Deutsch (NIU); 2. Eric Cubberly (CMU); 3. Matt Cathell (KSU); 4. Aaron Sulzer (EMU).
165– 1. Mike Miller (CMU); 2. John-Martin Cannon (UB); 3. Ross Tice (KSU); 4. Alex Ortman (EMU).
174– 1. Ben Bennett (CMU); 2. Nick Purdue (OU); 3. Keith Witt (KSU); 4. Brian Sheehan (UB).
184– 1. Dustin Kilgore (KSU); 2. Jimmy Hamel (UB); 3. Brad Dieckhaus (NIU); 4. Chad Friend (CMU).
197–1. Erik Schuth (OU); 2. Joe Tymoszcuk (KSU); t-3. Craig Kelliher (CMU); t-3. Nick Whitenburg (EMU).
HWT– 1. Jared Trice (CMU); 2. Brandon Barlow (KSU); 3. David Wade (EMU); 4. Jeremy Johnson (OU).