Bulls Edge Bearcats, 19-16
Smith collects third technical fall of the season
BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo wrestling team edged Binghamton, 19-16, on Sunday evening at Alumni Arena. Sophomore Kevin Smith propelled the Bulls to victory as he earned his third technical fall of the season at 133. Earning bonus points for the Bulls were junior Jimmy Hamel and senior Dan Bishop as each recorded major decisions at 197 and 125, respectively.
Senior Andrew Stella earned the Bulls' second decision as he defeated Ryan McGarity, 3-1. After a scoreless first period and a pair of stalling calls to start the second period, Stella escaped McGarity's clutch in the final 30 seconds of the second period. To start the third, McGarity tied the match at 1-1 off an escape. Stella would capture his 25th career dual victory by taking down McGarity with just five seconds left on the clock for the decision.
"Andrew is wrestling strong so far this season. He is continually showing improvement each step of the way. His bout was a match we needed to win," said head coach Jim Beichner.
The Bearcats earned victories in the next three bouts to erase the Bulls' team score lead, 9-6.
Trailing 13-10 following the 285-pound bout, Bishop kept James Inghram and the Bearcats off the scoresheet, winning by an 8-0 decision. Off the start, Bishop came out aggressive as he took down Inghram just 16 seconds in. Bishop would continue to add to his lead in the remaining periods by wrestling aggressively on top. Bishop earned 2:46 of riding time throughout the match to earn the major decision. A key moment in the match came with Inghram on the bottom and only 12 seconds remaining in the bout. Bishop was able to ride Ingrham, preventing an escape. Bishop riding out Inghram provided the Bulls with a four-point victory rather than a three-point victory if Inghram had escaped.
"Obviously, the dual came down to bonus points. Smith, Hamel and Bishop each earned us the bonus points we needed for the victory. The outcome would have changed if that was not the case", said Beichner.
With today's victory, Beichner improves his all-time record against the Bearcats to 7-1.
The Bulls return to action on Saturday, January 9 as they compete in the National Duals held in Cedar Falls, IA on the campus of Northern Iowa. A schedule of who and when the Bulls will compete against will be released in the upcoming week.
Buffalo 19, Binghamton 16
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