Bulls Wrestling Faces Top Competition at Body Bar Invite
ITHACA, NY - Members of the Buffalo wrestling team made the middle leg of its three-straight weekend tournaments with a trip to Ithaca for the Body Bar Invitational.
The tournament - hosted by Cornell - featured three top-20 teams and plenty other top competition including the number-one ranked Big Red. The Bulls placed wrestlers in the top three in six different weight classes and finished fifth out of 11 teams.
Three of the place winners for Buffalo were runners up, starting with sophomore Mark Lewandowski. The Depew, NY native continued his breakout season with three straight wins before his only loss of the day came in the finals against James Fleming of Clarion. Another second place effort was turned in by junior John-Martin Cannon, who also went 3-0 before losing a heartbreaker to fifth-ranked Justin Kerber of host Cornell, 3-2.
The team's third runner up on the day was heavyweight Brett Correll, who continues to produce as Buffalo's go-to starter at the weight class. Correll won two straight before losing to thirteenth ranked Brendon Barlow of conference rival Kent State, 6-2.
Three other wrestlers made the top three to help Buffalo's team score, starting with sophomore Andrew Schutt at 141 pounds. Schutt won two straight before losing to eventual champion Matthew Bonson of Lock Haven, but the Greenwood Township, MI native battled back in the consolation bracket and beat Kent State's Chase Skonieczny in a high-scoring 11-9 win.
Senior Jimmy Hamel now sits just three wins away from 100 career victories after three wins today earned him a third-place finish at 184 pounds. Finally for the Bulls, sophomore Josh Peters finished third at 197 pounds after besting Central Michigan's Craig Kelliher 8-7 in the third-place match.
Buffalo will now have a much-needed two week break to rest up and heal some bumps and bruises before heading out to the final tournament in this stretch of the schedule. The Penn State Open will be held December 5 by the host Nittany Lions. The tournament will again be an all-day event.
Buffalo Place Winners
141 – Andrew Schutt: 3rd Place
157 – Mark Lewandowski: 2nd Place
165 – John-Martin Cannon: 2nd Place
184 – Jimmy Hamel: 3rd Place
197 – Josh Peters: 3rd Place
HWT – Brett Correll: 2nd Place
Final Team Scores
1. Cornell 134 points
2. Kent State 94 points
3. Central Michigan 83.5 points
4. Clarion 75.5 points
5. Buffalo 74 points
6. Lock Haven 43.5 points
7. Ithaca 40 points
8. Binghamton 37.5 points
9. Army 35 points
10. Drexel 33 points
11. Sacred Heart 24 points