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.
"He (Conti) is out there wrestling hard, he's out there wrestling smart and he's winning MAC dual meets for us and those are the toughest one's to win," head coach Jim Beichner said. "We're very proud of him."
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.
"He (Cannon) isn't where he wants to be at this time. He has wrestled 17 or 18 guys in the top 32 in the country he's had one of the most difficult schedules of anyone in that weight class," Beichner said. "Tonight he woke up. He said enough is enough and I'm going to go out there and wrestle. We hope that we see this for the rest of the season because that's the John-Martin we know."
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.
After snapping a two-match losing streak, Buffalo (8-7, 1-2 MAC) will hit the road for another critical MAC dual as it will face Central Michigan Sunday afternoon at 1pm. 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).
125- Jared Germaine (Eastern Michigan ) DEC Walton, Sean (Buffalo) 5-4
133- Smith, Kevin (Buffalo) DEC Filiberto Colon (Eastern Michigan ) 10-5
141- Conti, Chris (Buffalo) DEC Mike Leholm (Eastern Michigan ) 3-0
149- Green, Desi (Buffalo) DEC Corey Phillips (Eastern Michigan ) 5-3
157- Lewandowski, Mark (Buffalo) MD Aaron Sulzer (Eastern Michigan ) 8-0
165- Cannon, John-Martin (Buffalo) MD Nicholas Hendrick (Eastern Michigan ) 18-8
174- Chris Eggert (Eastern Michigan ) DEC Majerus, Ron (Buffalo) 8-4
184- Hamel, Jimmy (Buffalo) DEC Khodar Hoballah (Eastern Michigan ) 9-2
197- Nick Whitenburg (Eastern Michigan ) DEC Peters, Josh (Buffalo) 10-3
285- David Wade (Eastern Michigan) DEC Correll, Brett (Buffalo) 3-2