The UB wrestling team utilized their momentum picked up from a 32-3 throttling of the Columbia Lions yesterday and closed out a perfect weekend with a dominant 43-4 win over the Sacred Heart Pioneers. The win was UB’s fifth straight dual meet win and was fueled by three first period pinfall victories from Bryan Lantry, Jason Estevez and Colt Cotten.
Sacred Heart has been decimated by injuries and had to replace a majority of their starting lineup against the Bulls. Kyle Akins accepted a forfeit at 125 pounds then the trio of Lantry, Estevez and Cotten all racked up first period pins to give UB a 24-0 lead heading into 157 pounds.
True freshman Kobe Garrehy gave senior Casey Mitchell all he could handle but poor positioning in a close 3-3 bout ended up in a lopsided 14-3 major decision loss for the Binghamton native.
UB would then go on to win the final five matches, with four major decisions coming from Austin Weigel, Muhamed McBryde, Nate Rose and Jake Gunning. Weigel, making his dual meet debut this season was in total control of Paul Curtin, while Muhamed McBryde picked up 6 takedowns and racked up over 2 minutes of riding time en route to an easy 14-5 victory.
Brett Perry won in the closest match of the afternoon a 2-1 sudden victory decision over Elliott Antler. Nate Rose continued his weekend of dominance with a 15-5 major decision over senior Sasha Oliinyk. Rose showed he was adept on his feet, scoring the match’s first takedown mere seconds after the opening whistle, send the crowd to their feet. Rose improved to 14-5 on the season with the win.
Finally, Jake Gunning put the cherry on top of the Bulls’ victory with a major decision of his own at 285 pounds. Over the past 2 days the Bulls have won 18 of the 20 matches they have wrestled and the 5 match winning streak is the longest for the program since the 2008-2009 season.
Things won’t be getting easier this week as #6 Missouri comes to town for a MAC showdown on Thursday night. Missouri features several top ranked wrestlers including J’Den Cox at 197 pounds, who captured an Olympic Bronze medal this past summer in Rio.
125: Kyle Akins (UB) wins by forfeit
133: Bryan Lantry (UB) pinned Gerard Daly (SHU), 1:50
141: Jason Estevez (UB) pinned Adrian Nelson (SHU), 1:40
149: Colt Cotten (UB) pinned Kyle Brady (SHU),
157: Casey Mitchell (SHU) maj. dec. Kobe Garrehy (UB), 14-3
165: Austin Weigel (UB) maj. dec. Paul Curtin (SHU), 9-1
174: Muhamed McBryde maj. dec. Domenico Celli (SHU), 14-5
184: Brett Perry (UB) SV-1 Elliott Antler (SHU), 2-1
197: Nate Rose (UB) maj. dec. Sasha Oliinyk (SHU), 15-5
285: Jake Gunning (UB) maj. dec. John Hartnett (SHU), 10-2