Smith Wins 133-Pound Bracket at NYS Championships

Smith Wins 133-Pound Bracket at NYS Championships

VESTAL, NY - The Buffalo wrestling team finished eighth at the conclusion of day two at the New York State Championships, hosted by Binghamton University. Kevin Smith won the team's lone title, but six wrestlers in all placed for UB.

Smith entered the day having wrestled only once the day before to reach the semifinals. As play resumed today, the Mexico, NY native won a tight 1-0 decision over Seth Ecker of Ithaca. He then easily dispatched of Columbia's Kyle Gilchrist 4-0 to win the 133-pound bracket. It was his second tournament win of the season, the first coming at the Oklahoma Gold Classic.

Senior Jimmy Hamel had the team's other top-3 finish Sunday afternoon, losing in his first match before earning a major decision over Sabino Galassi of NYU to earn a matchup with Binghamton's John Paris in the third-place match. He won it going away, an 8-2 decision to cap a productive weekend.

Other Buffalo wrestlers who placed Sunday were Sean Walton, who finished seventh at 125 pounds; Andrew Schutt, who was wrestling well before being injured and placing sixth at 141 pounds; Ron Majerus, another victim of injury despite fighting deep into the consolation bracket; and freshman heavyweight James Donner, who took seventh in his bracket.

The team had some other highlights in the 'B' Bracket, reserved for younger wrestlers and those who are redshirting for the season. Sophomore Justin Farmer won the 133 pound bracket after ripping off four straight convincing wins and freshman Matt Dehney did the same, with three straight wins for the 165-pound bracket win. Freshmen Wally Maziarz and Zach Ward finished third in the 149- and 184-pound brackets, respectively.

From here on out it will be a brand new season for the Buffalo Bulls, as Mid American Conference action is set to begin, starting next Saturday at Ohio. Match time is set for 7 pm. Buffalo is looking to avenge a close 22-17 loss in last season's dual meet.

Buffalo Wrestlers (Place)

Sean Walton, 125 lbs. (7th)

Kevin Smith, 133 lbs. (1st)

Andrew Schutt, 141 lbs. (6th)

Ron Majerus, 174 lbs. (8th)

Jimmy Hamel, 184 lbs. (3rd)

James Donner, HWT (7th)

Team Standings

1. 149.5 Binghamton

2. 132.5 Columbia

3. 126 Army

4. 110 Nassau

5. 92.5 Hofstra

6. 88.5 Cornell

7. 84.5 Ithaca

8. 73 Buffalo

9. 46.5 Brockport

9. 46.5 Cortland

11. 35 RIT

12. 29.5 Niagara

13. 26.5 NYU

13. 26.5 Oneonta

15. 24.5 Oswego

16. 19 Hunter

17. 16.5 Alfred

18. 5 Jamestown

19. 2 Morrisville