BUFFALO, NY - In one of the team's most anticipated home dual meets in program history, the Buffalo Bulls welcomed in Big 12 power Oklahoma to Alumni Arena Friday afternoon. The Buffalo loss by a score of 28-7 belied the numerous terrific matches held, five of which were decided by four points or less.
Redshirt sophomore Taylor Golba led off the meet at 125 pounds, facing Jarrod Patterson, who came in ranked ninth in the country in the weight class. The Buffalo, NY native held tough in a low-scoring match, losing 4-1.
His teammates picked him up right away, however, as junior Kevin Smith dominated his match at 133 pounds and took a major decision with a 14-5 win, putting the Bulls ahead early in the match 4-3. The team recorded its other win of the day at 157 pounds, as redshirt sophomore Mark Lewandowski scored an early takedown and controlled pace throughout in a 4-2 win.
Oklahoma earned close wins in the 149, 165 and 184 matches to swing the meet in its favor. Junior Desi Green was slow-played early in his match, and he ended up going to two overtimes before being taken down, 6-2. At 165, junior John-Martin Cannon had a dogfight and was unable to get a late takedown to win the match, falling 5-3 in overtime as well. In the match of the night, Jimmy Hamel took on Erich Schmidtke in a match of top 20 grapplers. It was a defensive match throughout, and Hamel had a late takedown disallowed before his opponent scored again to put it out of reach, 4-0
The loss drops the team to an even 1-1 in dual meets, and the squad will have little time to rest as it travels to various tournaments tomorrow morning. Most of the team will makes its way to Brockport, NY for the Oklahoma Gold Classic, while some members will participate at the Washington & Jefferson Open Wrestling Invitational.
125 - #9 Patterson (OU) dec. Golba (UB), 4-1
133 - #17 Smith (UB) maj. dec. Reed (OU), 14-5
141 - #1 Bailey (OU) maj. dec. Schutt (UB), 14-4
149 - N. Lester (OU) dec. #11 Green (UB), 6-2 (7OT)
157 - Lewandowski (UB) dec. M. Lester (OU), 4-2
165 - Nelson (OU) dec. #15 Cannon (UB), 4-3
174 - #8 Caldwell (OU) dec. Majerus (UB), 7-1
184 - #15 Schmidtke (OU) dec. #18 Hamel (UB), 4-0
197 - Hall (OU) dec. Peters (UB), 9-4
HWT - #10 Fernandez (OU) pinned Correll (UB) F 2:58