Wrestling falls to Buffalo in final match of contest, 18-17
Buffalo earned four points by major decision in the final match of the evening to defeat Central Michigan wrestling 18-17 in a Mid-American Conference dual at Alumni Arena.
The match between the Chippewas (3-7, 2-3 MAC) and Bulls (3-2, 10-4 MAC) had six lead changes.
CMU has dropped three straight meets, all in conference play. It was Buffalo’s first ever win against CMU.
The Chippewas are fifth in the conference, trailing Buffalo by two matches.
Collin Lieber dropped the first match of the night 6-3 to Jake Lanning but the Chippewas took a 4-3 lead after Jordan Atienza scored a major decision win in the 184-pound weight class.
Buffalo won the next match but once again CMU retook the lead by major decision as Matt Stencel defeated Jake Gunning 8-0 in the 285-pound weight class. Stencel is 6-0 on the season.
Drew Hildebrandt extended CMU’s lead by defeating Kyle Akins in the 125-pound weight class.
After two match victories for the Bulls, including a major decision win by Derek Span in the 133-pound weight class, Buffalo took a 13-11 advantage over the Chippewas.
Momentum continued to swing as Dresden Simon defeated Jason Esteves 6-2 in the 149-pound weight class. The victory gave CMU a 14-13 edge.
After Logan Parks scored a win for Central Michigan, Troy Keller scored a major decision victory in the final match of the dual meet to defeat the Chippewas.
CMU returns to action at 1 p.m. Feb. 10 at Kent State before heading to East Lansing to face Michigan State on Feb. 22.