MORGANTOWN, WV -- The University at Buffalo wrestling team defeated West Virginia, 24-12, at the WVU Coliseum on Sunday afternoon. It was the first win over a Big 12 Conference opponent in program history.
Head Coach John Stutzman leaned on his young lineup and they responded. Four of the Bulls' six wins in the dual came from first-year starters.
"Another barn burner, but this time we came out on top," Stutzman said. "I'm going to say this again, I love this team. They fight hard and the best part is, we're starting four to five freshmen and a few others that are first time starters."
After falling behind, 3-0, in the dual, Derek Spann continued his dominant ways with a 19-4 technical fall win over Lucas Seibert. It was his second tech fall of the weekend. Spann was sparked by a 4-point nearfall late in the first period. He added a 4-point nearfall and a 2-point nearfall in the second period to pull away.
Redshirt-freshman Marcus Robinson followed with a 12-1 major decision at 141 to extend the UB lead to 9-3. Robinson jumped out early with a takedown and a 4-point nearfall in the first period.
Two third-period takedowns helped John Arceri earn a 6-2 decision over Liam Lusher at 149.
The highlight of the day came in the 157 match by Hunter Shaut. The UB freshman needed only 1:12 to pin Alex Hornfeck. After being taken down, Shaut quickly got a reversal and the pin.
Troy Keller used a first-period takedown and reversal to set the tone in a 5-2 decision over Nick Kiussis. It was Keller's sixth-straight dual win.
Taylor Cahill earned sudden-victory decision at 165 for Buffalo's sixth straight win. With the match tied, 5-5, Cahill got a takedown in the first overtime to earn his first dual win as a Bull.
With UB leading, 24-3, West Virginia was able to win the final three matches by decision to make the final score, 24-12.
The Bulls will be back in action next Sunday when they host Missouri at Alumni Arena.
125: Joey Thomas (West Virginia) over Jordan Reyes (Buffalo) (Dec 8-1)
133: Derek Spann (Buffalo) over Lucas Seibert (West Virginia) (TF 19-4 5:33)
141: Marcus Robinson (Buffalo) over Caleb Rea (West Virginia) (MD 12-1)
149: John Arceri (Buffalo) over Liam Lusher (West Virginia) (Dec 6-2)
157: Hunter Shaut (Buffalo) over Alex Hornfeck (West Virginia) (Fall 1:12)
165: Troy Keller (Buffalo) over Nick Kiussis (West Virginia) (Dec 5-2)
174: Taylor Cahill (Buffalo) over Scott Joll (West Virginia) (SV-1 7-5)
184: Jackson Moomau (West Virginia) over Peter Acciardi (Buffalo) (Dec 5-3)
197: Noah Adams (West Virginia) over Sam Schuyler (Buffalo) (Dec 10-3)
285: Brandon Ngati (West Virginia) over Nolan Terrance (Buffalo) (Dec 2-0)