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Kent State fends off Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Kent State rallied off victories in five of the first seven matches and the Golden Flashes knocked off the Buffalo Bulls 20-17 on Saturday afternoon.

A tech-fall by Andrew McNally and Tim Rooney victory in a battle of top-20 wrestlers to highlighted the six individual victories for the Golden Flashes.

Saturday's dual started at 165 and took the early lead. Andrew McNally answered back with his team-leading 26th victory of the season. He did so in convincing fashion, a 24-4 tech-fall, earning the Flashes a big five points to give Kent State a 5-4 lead. After the Bulls took back the lead at 184, the Flashes were able to gain control of the meet.

Colin McCracken ground out an 8-7 decision to give the Flashes an identical 8-7 lead. Spencer Berthold built upon the lead with a 6-0 shutout of Logan Rill at heavyweight. Tomas Gutierrez kept it going, continuing his strong stretch of matches with a 6-2 victory over Jordan Reyes.

The highlight match of the dual was Tim Rooney vs Derek Spann at 133 as both wrestlers entered the match ranked in the top-20 by many publications. Rooney took control of the match early, controlling riding time and steadily earning points. The fifth-year senior held off a late push by Spann to earn the 6-4 victory.

Buffalo earned a tech-fall at 141 to shrink the Kent State lead to 17-12 with two matches remaining. Kody Komara iced the dual for the Golden Flashes, building a three-point lead through two periods and earning a 9-7 decision to put Kent State up eight and put the match out of reach.

The win improves Kent State to 6-9 overall in duals and 2-4 in the MAC. The Golden Flashes will wrap up their home slate next Saturday night against Cleveland State at 7 p.m. Kent State will honor their seniors in a pre-dual ceremony.

Results:
125 Tomas Guitierrez (Kent State) over Jordan Reyes (Buffalo) (Dec 6-2) 14-7 (KSU)
133 Tim Rooney (Kent State) over Derek Spann (Buffalo) (Dec 6-4) 17-7 (KSU)
141 Marcus Robinson (Buffalo) over Earl Blake (Kent State) (TF 16-0 3:35). 17-12 (KSU)
149 Kody Komara (Kent State) over John Arceri (Buffalo) (Dec 9-7) 20-12 (KSU)
157 Michael Petite (Buffalo) over Conan Becker (Kent State) (TF 22-7 7:00) 20-17 (KSU)
165 Troy Keller (Buffalo) over Kade Byland (Kent State) (MD 14-2) 4-0 (UB)
174 Andrew McNally (Kent State) over Dillon Ross (Buffalo) (TF 24-4 7:00) 5-4 (KSU)
184 Peter Acciardi (Buffalo) over Tyler Bates (Kent State) (Dec 9-3) 7-5 (UB)
197 Colin McCracken (Kent State) over Sam Schuyler (Buffalo) (Dec 8-7)8-7 (KSU)
285 Spencer Berthhold (Kent State) over Logan Rill (Buffalo) (Dec 6-0) 11-7 (KSU)

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