Four Bulls Advance to Finals, Buffalo in Second After Opening Day of MAC Championships

Four Bulls Advance to Finals, Buffalo in Second After Opening Day of MAC Championships

NORFOLK, VA – It was a successful start to the Mid-American Conference Championships for the University at Buffalo as four Bulls advanced to Saturday's finals. Derek Spann, Bryan Lantry, Troy Keller and Brett Perry will all have a shot at a MAC title on Saturday. As a team, the Bulls sit in second place following the first day at Old Dominion University.

Spann advanced to the finals of the 133-lb. bracket by winning both of his bouts on the day. He cruised in his first match, winning an 11-2 decision over Old Dominion's Trevon Majette. Spann had a tougher test in the semifinals, but was able to get by Ohio's Mario Guillen, 6-4. A second-period reversal by Spann was the difference in the match.

Lantry advanced to the finals for the third straight season. And for the third straight season, he'll face a Missouri wrestler in the finals looking for his first MAC title. Lantry made easy work of his opponents to get to the finals. He opened with a 16-2 major decision over Northern Illinois' Drew West and followed with a 4-0 decision over Kent State's Cory Simpson.

Keller won both of his matches to advance to the finals of the 165 bracket. Keller opened with a 9-2 decision over Shane Jones of Old Dominion. In the semis, he earned a 5-2 decision over Nate Higgins of SIU-Edwardsville. With the match knotted, 2-2, heading into the third period, Keller used a late reversal and the riding time point to pull out the three-point victory.

At 197, Perry was the final Bull to advance to the final. The UB senior won both of his matches rather easily. Perry started by winning a 17-6 major decision over Ohio's Derek Hillman. He followed with an 8-3 decision over SIU-Edwardville's Christian DuLaney to advance to the finals for the first time in his career.

Elsewhere, Kyle Akins (125), Alex Smythe (157), Jake Lanning (174) and Jake Gunning (285) will continue tomorrow in the consolation bracket.

Tomorrow's consolation matches will begin at noon with the championship matches to follow at 2 pm.

Team Scores
1. Missouri 127.5
2. Buffalo 94.5
3. ODU 92.5
4. CMU 82.5
5. Ohio 76.0
6. NIU 71.0
7. SIUE 59.5
8. Kent State 56.5