Bulls Compete Against Top Talent at Midlands

Bulls Compete Against Top Talent at Midlands

EVANSTON, IL – The University at Buffalo wrestling team had six wrestlers competing at the 54th Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Northwestern University on Saturday.  The Midlands Championships feature one of the season's best fields with 13 of the Top 25 teams. Individually, the tournament includes 71 ranked wrestlers, 38 of whom are in the top 10 of their weight classes.

Bryan Lantry (133) continued his strong campaign by advancing to the quarterfinals after earning a major decision over Purdue's Cody Pae, beating Iowa's Phillip Laux, 3-2, and pinning 8th-seeded Corey Keener of Central Michigan in the third period. He lost his quarterfinal bout to top-seeded Zane Richards of Illinois, 7-3, but will wrestle in the consolation bracket tomorrow.

Bryan Lantry (3-1)
Bryan Lantry (UB) won by major decision over Cody Pae (Purdue), 11-3
Bryan Lantry (UB) won by decision over Phillip Laux (Iowa), 3-2
Bryan Lantry (UB) won by fall over #8 Corey Keener (CMU), 6:39
#1 Zane Richards (Illinois) won by decision over Bryan Lantry (UB), 7-3

The Bulls had a pair of wrestlers in action at 125 in Justin Patrick and Kyle Akins. Patrick rebounded after losing to top-seeded Thomas Gilman of Iowa in the first round by earning an 11-9 decision over Maryland's Michael Beck and a 3-2 decision over Travis Piotrowski of Illinois. He followed that up with a first-period pin of Anthony Rubinetti of Northwestern. Patrick will wrestle again tomorrow.

Akins won his first match of the day by beating Johnson Mai of Columbia, 3-1. After losing to Central Michigan's Brent Fleetwood in the next round, he rebounded to earn a 9-4 decision over Kegan Calkins of Oregon State. In his final match, he dropped a major decision to Paul Bianchi of North Dakota State.

Justin Patrick (3-1)
#1 Thomas Gilman (Iowa) won by tech fall over Justin Patrick (UB), 24-7
Justin Patrick (UB) won by decision over Michael Beck (Maryland), 11-9
Justin Patrick (UB) won by decision over Travis Piotrowski (Illinois), 3-2
Justin Patrick (UB) won by fall over Anthony Rubinetti (Northwestern), 2:38

Kyle Akins (2-2)
Kyle Akins (UB) won by decision over Johnson Mai (Columbia), 3-1
#7 Brent Fleetwood (CMU) won by major decision Kyle Akins (UB), 8-0
Kyle Akins (UB) won by decision over Kegan Calkins (Oregon State), 9-4
Paul Bianchi (ND State) won by major decision over Kyle Akins (UB), 14-4

Nate Rose represented the Bulls at 197. The redshirt-freshman got off to a great start by earning a major decision victory over Illinois' Andre Lee in the first round. After dropping a major decision to top-seeded Nate Rotert of South Dakota, Rose bounced back to earn a 3-2 decision over Northwestern's Regis Durbin. Rose's day ended when he dropped a decision to 9th-seeded Matt Williams of Cal State Bakersfield.

Nate Rose (2-2)
Nate Rose (UB) won by major decision over Andre Lee (Illinois), 16-2
#1 Nate Rotert (South Dakota) won by major decision over Nate Rose (UB), 16-3
Nate Rose (UB) won by decision over Regis Durbin (Northwestern), 3-2
#9 Matt Williams (CSU Bakersfield) won by decision over Nate Rose (UB), 8-2

Both Jake Gunning and Nolan Terrance wrestled for the Bulls in the heavyweight bracket and both went 1-2 on the day. Gunning won his first match over David Jensen of Nebraska, before losing decisions to Iowa's Samuel Stoll and Central Michigan's Newton Smerchek.

Terrence lost his first match, but came back to earn a 3-2 decision over Purdue's Jacob Aven in his next match. Terrence's day ended with a close 2-1 decision to Nebraska's David Jensen.

Jake Gunning (1-2)
Jake Gunning (UB) won by decision over David Jensen (Nebraska), 6-5
#3 Samuel Stoll (Iowa) won by decision over Jake Gunning (UB), 5-1
Newton Smerchek (CMU) won by sudden victory over Jake Gunning, 3-1

Nolan Terrance (1-2)
#13 Jordan Wood (Lehigh) won by decision over Nolan Terrance (UB), 2-0
Nolan Terrance (UB) won by decision over Jacob Aven (Purdue), 3-2
David Jensen (Nebraska) won by decision over Nolan Terrance (UB), 2-1

Lantry and Patrick will be in action again tomorrow in the consolation bracket. Lantry will face Eli Stickley of Wisconsin and Patrick will battle Oklahoma's Christian Moody.