The UB Wrestling team kicked off John Stutzman's second season at the helm with a bit of a bang. Despite the postseason APR ban, and a roster filled with underclassman with little to no college wrestling experience, Stutzman's squad scrapped their way to a 3-1 record this past weekend, matching last season's win total.
In the first dual meet of the year, the Bulls downed a rebuilding Campbell squad by a score of 46-6. The Bulls accepted 5 forfeits and collected wins from Rrok Ndokaj, winning by major decision, and Joe Ariola, and Tyler Rill, who both won by pinfall.
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UB took advantage of five forfeit victories over a Campbell team that coach John Stutzman described as in "transition." With only ten weight classes in play today, that essentially handed the match to the Bulls, but UB outscored Campbell in the five remaining matchups, as well, winning three.
Then, the following day at the Appalachian State duals, one of the biggest storylines was a mild upset of host Appalachian State by a score of 20-18. The Bulls were led by senior captain and two-time NCAA qualifier Max Soria who upset #29 Dominic Parisi in a 5-3 decision, and impressive true freshman Sean Peacock who won by a 12-3 major decision over Jacob Grigg. After trading several bouts back and forth with Appalachian State, redshirt-freshman Joe Ariola sealed the win for the Bulls earning a 13-1 major decision win over Tyler Radford.
The win over Appalachian State was also a testament to the resiliency and short memory of the young Bulls squad; coming off a poor performance in the dual prior in a 32-7 loss to Gardner-Webb, the Bulls went out and did their jobs and walked away with a hard fought victory against a quality opponent.
The other big storyline coming out of this weekend was the impressive showings from several young grapplers, including the aforementioned Sean Peacock who remains undefeated at 4-0 on the young season. Several redshirt-freshmen are also impressing early, with Jason Estevez and Joe Ariola already having 3-1 records as well, each picking up a pinfall victory.
With basketball season upon us, be sure to keep your eye on this team, APR ban aside, John Stutzman is an excellent coach, and the team is filled to the brim with talent and will be competitive in every match they compete in.
The Bulls will look to build on their early season success this Saturday, November 8th, as they head to the Oklahoma Gold Classic held at Brockport.