BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo wrestling team heads to Cedar Falls, IA this weekend for the Mid-American Conference Championships. Hosted by Northern Iowa, the preliminaries are on Saturday, March 4 with the finals on Sunday, March 5.
The Bulls enter the MAC Championships coming off their best regular season in recent memory. Their 11 dual wins were their most since 2004. In addition, UB won four MAC duals, its most since joining the conference in 1998.
Bryan Lantry has had the best season by a UB wrestler and enters the MAC Championships as a four seed at 133 lbs., arguably the toughest weight class. Lantry is ranked 14th in the nation with an 18-4 record, including a 13-2 mark in duals. The redshirt-sophomore has defeated four ranked wrestlers on the season.
Kyle Akins is UB's highest seed at three. The redshirt-sophomore is 18-4 overall and 8-0 in duals, including 3-0 in MAC duals on the year.
Jake Gunning looks to make a return to the heavyweight title match. Gunning lost in the finals a year ago and is a four seed this season. He is 17-5 on the year and 14-3 in duals. He won six of his final seven duals of the regular season.
Also a four seed, Brett Perry is making his first appearance at the MAC Championships. The Bulls' 184-pounder finished the season strong by beating 15th-ranked Steve Schneider of Binghamton on February 17 to earn MAC Wrestler of the Week honors.
Wrestlers will be battling for not only a conference championship, but a spot in the upcoming NCAA Championships. Other than the MAC champion, here are the qualifier allocations at each weight class for the NCAA Championships.
The MAC Wrestling Championships begin at 1 pm (EST) on Saturday and will be broadcast on ESPN3.
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