BUFFALO, NY - Spurred on by five straight wins in the first half of the match, the Buffalo wrestling team broke in to the Mid American Conference win column Wednesday evening with a 20-12 win over Eastern Michigan at Alumni Arena.
After dropping the first match, the Bulls took control, starting with Kevin Smith at 133 pounds. The junior just missed a pin but used two takedowns and three near fall points to post a 10-5 win. With the win, Smith now has a team-leading 30 wins, the most in a single season the Mexico, NY native has ever won.
At 141 pounds, Chris Conti continued his MAC hot streak with a 3-0 win over Mike Leholm. The Fredonia, NY sophomore now is 2-1 in conference action and an impressive 5-2 in dual meets overall.
Desi Green continues to dominate in conference action, winning 5-3 over Corey Phillips. The junior now sits at 96 career wins and is now 3-0 in the MAC this season and 9-1 in the MAC for his career.
The team really broke away in the 157 and 165 pound bouts.Mark Lewandowski (157) continued his breakout season with a 8-0 major decision over Aaron Sulzer. The Depew, NY native used two takedowns, two near fall points and riding time to pull out a big decision.
John-Martin Cannon one-upped his teammate in the very next match, starting fast from the first whistle and blowing out his opponent 18-8, with his opponent's only points coming from escapes. The junior had eight takedowns and eclipsed the century mark in takedowns for his career in the process.
Jimmy Hamel put the icing on the cake with a strong showing at 184 pounds, just missing a major decision by beating Khodar Hoballah 9-2. Hamel dictated the pace throughout the match and won career match 116 in the process.
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI - In a dual that came down to the very last matchups, the Buffalo Bulls lost a hotly contested dual on the road to the Central Michigan Chippewas Sunday afternoon, 19-14.
The Bulls found themselves in an early hole, trailing 9-0 after the first three matches. It sooned roared back after Desi Green (11-3) and Mark Lewandowski (8-0) earned major decisions in the 149- and 157-pound bouts. It marked the second straight dual that Lewandowski won a major. John-Martin Cannon soon followed with a 6-4 decision over Eric Cubberly to give Buffalo an 11-9 lead.
The two squads then traded decisions, with Ron Majerus losing to seventh-ranked Ben Bennett before Jimmy Hamel won 5-3 at 184 pounds to give the Bulls a 14-13 lead with just two matches remaining. The Chippewas won both to overtake Buffalo and win.
The loss drops Buffalo to 8-8 overall and 1-3 in Mid American Conference action. The regular season will draw to a close next Sunday with the Bulls hosting Northern Illinois at Alumni Arena. The match will not only be senior day for departing wrestlers Jimmy Hamel, Brian Sheehan and John Crisafulli, but it will also be the second annual Takedown Cancer Event. More information on the event can be found here. Match time is set for 1 pm.
10 - The national rank of former Edinboro wrestler Kyle Fluke, who was defeated by Buffalo freshman Max Soria at the Edinboro Open this past Saturday. Soria defeated Fluke 12-8 en route to a second place finish at the Open.
201 - The total number of takedowns the Bulls have recorded this season, already the fifteenth most for a single season in program history.
.822 - Career winning percentage for junior Desi Green, the third highest in program history. Green's season record of 27-4 (.867) is the eighth best for a single season in program history.
12 - Kevin Smith now has 12 career 3-point near falls, good for seventeenth most in program history.