The Buffalo men's wrestling team had another fast start Sunday afternoon against Kent State, but a controversial loss and other close losses led to a 19-13 defeat at the hands of the fifteenth-ranked Golden Flashes.
Chris Conti got the team rolling with an upset win in the 141-pound match, controlling Chase Skonieczny throughout and using a late reversal to seal a 5-2 win to lead off the match. The win was Conti's fourth dual meet win of the season despite being an injury replacement.
In the next match, Desi Green scored an early takedown and held his opponent at bay for a 4-2 win. It was Green's 40th career win in dual meets, moving him in to the top five in program history. The win also moves the Henrietta, NY native's career Mid American Conference record to 8-1.
Mark Lewandowski moved the Buffalo lead to 9-0 after winning his match 6-5. Lewandowski lost his lead late but used his minute of riding time to decide his matchup. The Depew, NY native is now just one of two Buffalo wrestlers to have nine wins in dual meets, the other being Green.
Junior Kevin Smith ended the meet with a dominating performance over Tyler Small, a wrestler who had previously beaten Smith this season. The Mexico, NY native had three takedowns en route to a 12-1 major decision, putting the final score at 19-13.
The team will have little time to rest as it will welcome in Eastern Michigan Wednesday night. The dual will be broadcast on Time Warner Sports. Buffalo sits at 7-7 overall and 0-2 in the MAC while Eastern is 11-7 and 0-1 in the MAC after a recent loss to Northern Illinois. Match time is set for 7 pm.
Saturday the team will hit the road for the last time as it heads to Mount Pleasant for a match against Central Michigan. The Chippewas were upset most recently by Ohio, who used two pins to beat CMU 21-17. The team was ranked 12 nationally in the most recent polls and is 5-8 overall (0-1 MAC).
With his upset win at 141 pounds Sunday against Kent State, sophomore Chris Conti earned his first career MAC dual win.
Desi Green earned career dual win number 40 with his victory over Kent State. Green now has a career dual record of 40-6 (.870), good for the seventh-highest winning percentage in program history.
Jimmy Hamel recently jumped up yet another spot in the program's all-time wins list. With a win in his final match of the NYS Championships, Hamel passed Gary Cooper for second place. He now has 115 wins, 22 shy of most all-time.
After earning a dominant major decision over Tyler Small Sunday, Kevin Smith picked up three more takedowns to push his career total to 97, tenth-most in program history