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UB Wrestling falls to Eastern Michigan in MAC Opener, 30-3

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Opening up their MAC dual slate at Eastern Michigan, John Stutzman's Bulls were walking into the first in a long line of grueling MAC dual meets. Eastern Michigan was coming off of a 34-0 shutout victory over Michigan State in which the Eagles only gave up 1 takedown.

The match began at 165 pounds and UB would get into a hole early, going down 13-0 before Jake Gunning broke the shutout at 285 pounds with a 6-3 decision. Gunning's 3 takedowns were more than the entire Michigan State team had, a testament to how tough this EMU squad is.

But, things wouldn't get any easier for the Bulls as Gunning's 3 points would be the only that the team would earn. Colt Cotten was handed his first loss of the season by nationally ranked Nick Barber after  a back-and-forth match where the men traded takedowns and escapes but Barber came out on top 8-6.

It's a disappointing loss for sure but the Bulls will return to the mat this upcoming Friday when they open their home slate against Gardner-Webb at 7 PM in Alumni Arena.

Results:

125: #33 Vin Pizzuto (EMU) dec. Kyle Akins (UB), 5-1

133: Shane Wireman (EMU) dec. Bryan Lantry (UB), 8-3

141: Kyle Springer (EMU) maj. dec. Jason Estevez (UB), 18-5

149: #22 Nick Barber (EMU) dec. Colt Cotten (UB), 8-6

157: Devan Murray (EMU) maj. dec. Tim Schaefer (UB) 9-1

165: #27 Dakota Juarez (EMU) maj. dec. Tyler Rill (UB), 11-3

174: Jake Davis (EMU) dec. Muhamed McBryde (UB), 3-2

184: Derek Hillman (EMU) dec. Brett Perry (?) (UB), 7-3

197: #9 Anthony Abro (EMU) dec. James Benjamin (UB), 4-3

285: #26 Jake Gunning dec. Gage Hutchison (EMU), 6-3