Fresh off a second place finish at the Penn State Open Sunday, junior Kevin Smith was named the Mid American Conference wrestler of the week for the week of November 29 to December 5, the Mid-American Conference announced from its offices in Cleveland. The award is the Mexico, NY native's second in his career and second in a month's time.
Smith had a terrific outing Sunday, starting the day with four straight wins before falling in the championship match at 133 pounds at the Penn State Open. The Exercise Science major took down wrestlers from Navy, Bloomsburg, Maryland and North Carolina en route to his runner-up finish.
The Buffalo wrestling team rebounded strong after a loss to host Bloomsburg early in the day and won two straight meets over Drexel and East Stroudsburg to finish the day 2-1 at the Bloomsburg Duals Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Josh Peters led the team with wins in all three matches.
The only Bull to win in every match on the day, Peters continues his hot streak that has been going strong for almost a month. The Vestal, NY native started the day with a 6-2 win against Bloomsburg. He then followed it up with decisions against Drexel (3-2) and East Stroudsburg (7-1). Starting with his third-place finish at the Body Bar Invite Nov. 20, Peters has now won 11 of his past 13 matches, including six straight.
Junior Desi Green also went undefeated in his two matches, winning 9-4 against Bloomsburg and getting a major decision against Drexel (16-6). In the meet against ESU, Green rested while sophomore Andrew Schutt moved up from 141 pounds to take a 9-5 decision at 149 pounds. Schutt earned a major decision at 141 pounds in the match before, a 13-2 win over Drexel.
Buffalo now sits at 3-2 in duals meets and will take the next week to prepare for the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nevada next Sunday. The tournament will feature many of the top teams in the nation including #6 Boise State, #24 Arizona State and #2 ranked Oklahoma State.
With two more wins over the weekend, Desi Green now sits in sole possession of tenth place in career wins, with 86. The Henrietta, NY native boasts a 16-1 record this season and has a very real chance of reaching 100 wins this season, a rare feat for a junior.
Kevin Smith and John-Martin Cannon made the leap up the career takedown chart with their performances in the past weekend. Smith now has 80 takedowns and moved into a tie with Jeromy McVige (94-98) for 17th. Cannon's 85 takedowns is good for 15th place on the program's record list. With a win against East Stroudsburg, Cannon also won his 60th career match.
Jimmy Hamel entered the top 20 list in career escapes and now has 48 in his career, with only ten more escapes standing between him and the program's top 10 list.