Bulls Drop Season Opener to CSU Bakersfield, 22-14

Bulls Drop Season Opener to CSU Bakersfield, 22-14

BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo wrestling team dropped its season opener to CSU Bakersfield, 22-14, at Alumni Arena on Thursday night.

The Roadrunners set the tone early with an upset 11-4 decision victory by Sergio Mendez over 14th-ranked Kyle Akins at 125 to take a 3-0 lead. Bryan Lantry tied things up with an 8-4 decision over Sean Nickell at 133.

A major decision at 141 gave CSUB a 7-3 lead. Jason Estevez responded with a 7-6 decision over Kalani Tonge to cut the Roadrunner advantage to 7-6.

CSUB dominated the middle weights, winning the next three matches to take a commanding lead in the match.

The Bulls bounced back with a dominant performance at 184. Brett Perry earned a 16-5 major decision over Dominic Ducharme.

Jake Gunning closed the match with another major decision win. The junior heavyweight beat Jarrod Snyder, 18-7.

"That was a disappointing loss," head coach John Stutzman said. "I have to take this loss on me, because maybe I didn't have them ready. We have to get back after it. We'll regroup and figure it out."

The Bulls will next wrestle at Iowa on November 17.

CSU BAKERSFIELD 22, BUFFALO 14

 125

Sergio Mendez (CSUB) won by decision over #14 Kyle Akins (UB), 11-4

133

#5 Bryan Lantry (UB) won by decision over Sean Nickell (CSUB), 8-4

141

#19 Russell Rohlfing (CSUB) won by major decision over Ryan Peters (UB), 13-4

149

Jason Estevez (UB) won by decision over Kalani Tonge (CSUB), 7-6

157

Coleman Hammond (CSUB) won by decision over Danny Boychuck (UB), 6-1

165

#15 Lorenzo De La Riva (CSUB) won by technical fall over Derek Holcomb (UB), 17-2 (6:37)

174

Bryan Battisto (CSUB) won by major decision over Austin Weigel (UB), 10-2

184

Brett Perry (UB) won by major decision over Dominic Ducharme (CSUB), 16-5

197

#11 Matt Williams (CSUB) won by sudden victory over Joe Ariola (UB), 7-1

285

Jake Gunning (UB) won by major decision over Jarrod Snyder (CSUB), 18-7