Bulls Drop Home Finale to Binghamton, 22-14

Jake Gunning

BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo wrestling team lost to Binghamton, 22-14, in the final home dual of the season at Alumni Arena on Thursday night. The Bulls will close out the regular season at top-ranked Penn State on Sunday.

The Bulls won decisions at 133 and 141 lbs. to take a 6-3 lead in the dual. Bryan Lantry used a third-period reversal to earn a 4-3 decision over Jacob Nicholson at 133 lbs. It was Lantry's 10th dual win of the season.

Jason Estevez followed with a 9-3 decision over Joe Russ at 141 to give the Bulls the 6-3 lead. It was Estevez's second straight decision by six or more points.

However, the Bearcats rattled off five straight wins, including a pair of technical falls to take a commanding 22-6 lead in the dual.

Joe Ariola won a dominant 16-5 major decision over Alex Melikian at 197. It was Ariola's third straight dual win by major decision.

Jake Gunning closed things out by winning his 10th straight dual. The redshirt-junior earned a 17-7 major decision over Sean Dee.

125 – Joe Nelson (BU) won by decision over Kyle Akins (UB), 8-5
133 – #15 Bryan Lantry (UB) won by decision over Jacob Nicholson (BU), 4-3
141 – Jason Estevez (UB) won by decision over Joe Russ (BU), 9-3
149 – Frankie Garcia (BU) won by decision over Nick Palumbo (UB), 2-1
157 – Tristan Rifanburg (BU) won by decision over Eric Fasnacht (UB), 3-0
165 -  Vincent DePrez (BU) won by technical fall over Noah Grover (UB), 17-2 (4:37)
174 – Anthony Lombardo (BU) won by technical fall over Derek Holcomb (UB), 18-2 (5:43)
184 - #13 Steve Schneider (BU) won by decision over Brett Perry (UB), 8-6
197 – Joe Ariola (UB) won by major decision over Alex Melikian (BU), 16-5
285 – #20 Jake Gunning (UB) won by major decision over Sean Dee (BU), 17-7