BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo wrestling team fell to 12th-ranked Cornell, 31-6, on Monday night in an event billed "Mayhem on the Mainstage." For the first time in school history, the dual was held at the UB Center for the Arts, the campus' theatrical venue.
A strong Cornell squad entered the dual with four wrestlers ranked in the Top 20. Starting at 184, 11th-ranked Max Dean earned a major decision over Brett Perry and Ben Honis took a 6-1 decision from Joe Ariola to quickly take a 7-0 lead.
The Bulls battled back as Jake Gunning, ranked 20th in the nation at heavyweight, won his fifth straight dual with a 10-4 decision over Jeramy Sweany. Kyle Akins followed with a 3-0 decision over Mike Russo at 125 to cut the Cornell overall lead to 7-6.
Cornell won the remainder of the matches to improve to 2-0 in duals on the season. Buffalo dropped to 3-4 in duals on the year.
"First off, I want to thank Allen Greene and the administration for putting this event on. It was a great crowd," head coach John Stutzman said. "We fought hard. I'm not disappointed with the effort. We got better tonight. We're making people believers in UB wrestling."
The Bulls will next compete at Midlands at the end of the calendar year before returning to dual action at Columbia on January 6.
CORNELL 31 BUFFALO 6
184: #11 Max Dean (CU) won by major decision over Brett Perry (UB), 14-3
197: Ben Honis (CU) won by decision over Joe Ariola (UB), 6-1
285: #20 Jake Gunning (UB) won by decision over Jeramy Sweaney (CU), 10-4
125: Kyle Akins (UB) won by decision over Mike Russo (CU), 3-0
133: Chas Tucker (CU) won by decision over #16 Bryan Lantry (UB), 3-2 (2 OT)
141: #3 Yianni Diakomihalis (CU) won by fall over Blake Retell (UB), 5:20
149: Johnathan Furnas (CU) won by decision over Jason Estevez (UB), 6-3
157: Adam Santoro (CU) won by decision over Eric Fasnacht (UB), 9-7
165: #16 John Jay Chavez (CU) won by fall over Noah Grover (UB), 3:40
174: #16 Brandon Womak (CU) won by decision over Ryan Kromer (UB), 8-4