Lewandowski Earns Win #100, Bulls Lose to Edinboro
BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo wrestling team continued to struggle through a tough early season schedule Sunday afternoon, losing to 17th ranked Edinboro (4-1) 28-9. The Bulls (0-4) saw wins by Max Soria, Mark Lewandowski, and John-Martin Cannon, but depth concerns would plague the team in the loss. The win by Lewandowski was the 100th of the senior's career at UB, making him the eighth wrestler in program history to reach the mark.
"I'm extremely disappointed, we didn't wrestle well from top to bottom," head coach Jim Beichner said. "We have a lot of injuries and sometimes that effects your team but there are no excuses. This was a match we expected to be in regardless of who we put out there. We as a coaching staff didn't like the product that we put on the mat today."
The Bulls started with a big win at 125 pounds, as Max Soria came from behind to earn an 8-4 win over Kory Mines. After trailing 2-1 going into the second period, Soria started out on bottom and scored a quick reversal and turned Mines for two more points and a 5-4 lead going into the final period. In the third, he sealed the win with three more near-fall points.
"I was really happy he went out there and found a way to win, because he started very slow," Beichner said. "We feel Max is a great wrestler, and his attitude should be that whoever steps out on the mat he should beat them. The outcome was good, but even he would tell you that the match pace as a whole is something he needs to continue to work on."
Lewandowski did not win the glamorous match that he had become accustomed to in his time at UB, but he was able to snap a four-match losing streak by the team and won 8-5 over Casey Fuller at 165 pounds. After scoring a quick takedown in the first period, Lewandowski was caught and taken down and ended the first period all square at 3-3. Lewandowski entered the third period up 4-3 and extended the lead to 5-3 after a quick escape. Fuller scored a tying takedown that also aggravated an injury for Lewandowski that put his win in jeopardy.
The gutsy senior rebounded with another takedown and rode out Fuller for the riding time point and an 8-5 win.
"If you relax too much, that's when injuries happen, and even though he was dominating his guy he relaxed and it wound up coming back to hurt him," Beichner said. "I'm happy and proud of him for getting his 100th career win, but I'm positive that he isn't happy with the way his match went today. You have to look at the milestone as something only eight wrestlers have done in almost 80 years of a program, but we want Mark to improve and leave here as one of the very best ever."
Buffalo's final win of the day would come from Cannon at 174. Finally free of his protective mask that shielded a broken nose suffered early in the season, Cannon looked to be his old self right from the start. He snatched Patrick Jennings' foot right off the opening whistle for a takedown, then proceeded to take him down four more times in the match for a never-in-doubt 11-5 win.
The team will be back in action next weekend, as it travels to Virginia for the Virginia Duals. It is a double-elimination team tournament that will feature many of the best teams in the country. The tournament starts Friday and runs through the weekend.
#17 EDINBORO 28, BUFFALO 9
|125||Max Soria (Buffalo) won by decision over Kory Mines (Edinboro) 8-4.||3.00||0|
|133||Aaron (A.J.) Schopp (Edinboro) won by pin over Justin Farmer (Buffalo) 2:57.||0||6.00|
|141||Mitchell Port (Edinboro) won by decision over Andrew Schutt (Buffalo) 7-2.||0||3.00|
|149||David Habat (Edinboro) won by decision over Blake Roulo (Buffalo) 5-2.||0||3.00|
|157||Michael Depalma (Edinboro) won by decision over Wally Maziarz (Buffalo) 10-6.||0||3.00|
|165||Mark Lewandowski (Buffalo) won by decision over Casey Fuller (Edinboro) 8-5.||3.00||0|
|174||John-Martin Cannon (Buffalo) won by decision over Patrick Jennings (Edinboro) 11-5.||3.00||0|
|184||Vincent Pickett (Edinboro) won by major decision over Jeff Palmeri (Buffalo) 12-4.||0||4.00|
|197||Warren Bosch (Edinboro) won by pin over Jarred Lux (Buffalo) 4:54.||0||6.00|
|285||Ernest James (Edinboro) won by decision over Justin Heisermen (Buffalo) 4-2.||0||3.00|