BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo wrestling team dropped a 35-3 decision to 17th-ranked Central Michigan at Alumni Arena on Sunday afternoon. The loss snapped the Bulls three-match win streak.
Justin Patrick nearly pulled off an upset at 125 in the opening match. However, Brent Fleetwood scored three points in the third period to escape with a 5-4 decision.
The Chippewas scored dominant wins in the next three matches, before Tyler Rill got the Bulls on the board at 165. Rill, a senior, wrestling in his final match at Alumni Arena, earned a late 2-point takedown to score an 8-7 win over Logan Parks.
Muhamed McBryde wrestled well, but dropped a 7-4 decision to #20 C.J. Brucki at 174.
In a much-anticipated match at 197, #20 James Benjamin faced off against #14 Austin Severn. Severn earned a 2-point reversal in the third period to pull off the 4-3 decision.
Jake Gunning dropped a tough 2-1 overtime decision to Newton Smercheck in the 285 match to close out the dual.
"Disappointing result today," head coach John Stutzman said. "It was a big letdown from Friday. We've got to learn from it."
Buffalo dropped to 9-5 overall and 3-3 in the MAC. CMU improved to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the MAC.
Buffalo will next wrestle at Northern Iowa on Friday.
Central Michigan 35 Buffalo 3
125: Brent Fleetwood (UB) won by decision over Justin Patrick (UB), 5-4
133: Cory Keener (CMU) won by fall over Blake Retell (UB), 5:37
141: Mason Smith (CMU) won by major decision over Jason Estevez (UB), 10-0
149: #8 Justin Oliver (CMU) won by major decision Colt Cotten (UB), 19-5
157: #7 Colin Heffernan (CMU) won by technical fall over Kobe Garrehy (UB), 21-4 (5:23)
165: Tyler Rill (UB) won by decision over Logan Parks (CMU), 8-7
174: #20 C.J. Brucki (CMU) won by decision over Muhamed McBryde (UB), 7-4
184: #16 Jordan Ellingwood (CMU) won by major decision over Brett Perry (UB), 16-3
197: #14 Austin Severn won by decision over #20 James Benjamin, 4-3
285: Newton Smercheck (CMU) won by sudden victory over Jake Gunning (UB), SV2 2-1