Kyle Akins led things off with a 3-1 decision over Dylan Ryder. Akins’ second-period reversal was the difference in the match. It was Akins’ fifth straight dual win.
After Hofstra had to forfeit at 133, the Pride won the next two matches by decision to cut the Buffalo lead to 9-6.
Alex Smythe and Troy Keller got the Bulls back on track with consecutive technical falls. Smythe earned a 17-1 tech fall over Chris Mauriello at 157, followed by a 15-0 tech fall by Keller over Corey Langner at 165. The wins increased the Buffalo lead to 19-6.
Following Hofstra wins at 174 and 184, the Bulls were able to put the Pride away with wins at 197 and 285. Brett Perry earned a 7-3 decision over Nezar Haddad at 197 and Jake Gunning closed out the victory with a 5-2 decision over Omar Haddad.
“We were a little sluggish, because we haven’t competed much in a couple weeks. We were happy we came out with a win,” head coach John Stutzman said. “I was really happy with 125. I thought that was the biggest match of the day. We needed that one. We wrestled smart.”
With the win, Buffalo improved to 7-3 in duals on the season. The Bulls will next wrestle six straight conference opponents, beginning at SIU Edwardsville on January 11.
125 – Kyle Akins (UB) won by decision over Dylan Ryder (H), 3-1
133 – Derek Spann (UB) won by forfeit
141 – Garrett Lambert (H) won by decision over John Arceri (UB), 4-1
149 – Holden Heller (H) won by decision over Jason Estevez (UB), 10-3
157 – Alex Smythe (UB) won by technical fall over Chris Mauriello (H), 17-1 (6:59)
165 – Troy Keller (UB) won by technical fall over Corey Langner (H), 15-0 (5:03)
174 – Ricky Stamm (H) won by decision over Noah Grover (UB), 3-1
184 – Trey Rogers (H) won by decision over Logan Rill (UB), 5-4
197 – Brett Perry (UB) won by decision over Nezar Haddad (H), 7-3
285 – #11 Jake Gunning (UB) won by decision over Omar Haddad (H), 5-2