KENT, OH – The University at Buffalo wrestling team won seven matches on Saturday afternoon as the Bulls won their second straight match with a 28-13 victory at Kent State.
Redshirt senior Kyle Akins got the afternoon started with a 10-2 major decision at 125 lbs and then Derek Spann followed it up with an 8-4 victory at 133. Redshirt senior Bryan Lantry also recorded a major decision, coming away with a shutout at 141, 8-0, staking the Bulls to an early 11-0 lead.
Kent State got on the board with a victory at 149 pounds, but Buffalo then won two more at the middle weights beginning at 157 pounds when senior Alex Smythe had a dominating technical fall, with a 24-9 victory over Kent State's Richard Jackson. Junior Troy Keller added an 8-3 decision, extending the Buffalo lead to 19-3.
The Golden Flashes would pick up wins at 174 and 184, but UB ended the match on a high note. Redshirt senior Brett Perry scored a 9-5 win at 197 pounds and fellow redshirt senior Jake Gunning capped the day off with a pin.
"Another great win," said head coach John Stutzman. "We're wrestling well and we are starting to believe! To pick up our ninth win and secure another winning season, to have six guys ranked nationally, my staff has done a great job on preparing these guys day to day."
Following a week off, the Bulls will open a three-match home stand beginning on Friday Feb. 8 at 7pm against Central Michigan.
Buffalo 28 Kent State 13
125 lbs | Kyle Akins (UB) def. Jake Ferri (KSU) | MD 10-2
133 lbs | Derek Spann (UB) def. Tim Rooney (KSU) | Dec. 8-4 SV
141 lbs | Bryan Lantry (UB) def. Cory Simpson (KSU) | MD, 8-0
149 lbs | Kody Komara (KSU) def. Jason Estevez (UB) def. | Dec. 4-1
157 lbs | Alex Smythe (UB) def. Richard Jackson (KSU) | TF, 24-9
165 lbs | Troy Keller (UB) def. Isaac Bast (KSU) | Dec. 8-3
174 lbs | Kade Byland (KSU) def. Jake Lanning (UB) | Pin 1:12
184 lbs | Andrew McNally (KSU) def. Logan Rill (UB) | MD 13-2
197 lbs | Brett Perry (UB) def. Shane Mast (KSU) | Dec. 9-5
285 lbs | Jake Gunning (UB) def. Spencer Berthold (KSU) | Pin 3:51