Bulls Earn Dominant 27-9 Win over Ohio in MAC Opener

Bulls Earn Dominant 27-9 Win over Ohio in MAC Opener

BUFFALO, NYKyle Akins and Joe Ariola each earned first-period pins to help the University at Buffalo wrestling team to a dominant 27-9 win over Ohio in the Mid-American Conference opener at Alumni Arena on Saturday night. It was the Bulls' first win over the Bobcats since 2008.

"That was fun," head coach John Stutzman said. "Every time they beat us, they laughed us out of the gym, so it felt good to get some redemption"

Akins set the tone early by pinning Coleton Chase just 2:31 in his match. It was Akins' first fall of the season and improved his record to 3-1 on the year.

After Ohio won the next two matches to tie the dual at 6, Jason Estevez put the Bulls back on top with an 8-6 decision over Kade Kowalski at 149 lbs. to put the Bulls ahead, 9-6.

Freshman Eric Fasnacht wrestled hard in his dual debut, but lost to Cullen Cummings, 9-6, at 157 lbs. At that point, the dual was knotted up at 9.

After the break, it was all Bulls as UB swept the remaining matches. Derek Holcomb was in total control in a 6-2 decision over Ben Schneider at 157 lbs., giving the Bulls a 12-9 lead.

Austin Weigel followed with a 9-5 decision over Joseph Terry at 174 and Brett Perry earned a 4-1 decision over Hunter Yeargan at 184 to extend the Buffalo advantage to 18-9.

Ariola slammed the door on any Ohio threat when he pinned Aaron Naples just 1:33 into his match.

Finally, Jake Gunning closed the dual with a 5-3 decision over Zack Parker for his third win of the season.

Buffalo improved to 2-2 on the season with the victory and will next wrestle against Michigan State on December 8 at Alumni Arena.

125 – Kyle Akins (UB) won by fall over Coleton Chase (OU), 2:31
133 - #18 Cameron Kelly (OU) won by decision over #5 Bryan Lantry (UB), 4-3
141 – Alex Hagan (OU) won by decision over Blake Retell (UB), 5-0
149 – Jason Estevez (UB) won by decision over Kade Kowalski (OU), 8-6
157 – Cullen Cummings (OU) won by decision over Eric Fasnacht (UB), 9-6
165 – Derek Holcomb (UB) won by decision over Ben Schneider (OU), 6-2
174 – Austin Weigel (UB) won by decision over Joseph Terry (OU), 9-5
184 – Brett Perry (UB) won by decision over Hunter Yeargan (OU), 4-1
197 – Joe Ariola (UB) won by fall over Aaron Naples (OU), 1:33
285 – #20 Jake Gunning (UB) won by decision over Zack Parker (OU), 5-3