BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo wrestling team finally opened the season on Saturday afternoon and looked impressive in a 20-12 win over Mid-American Conference foe Ohio. A number of new faces made their dual debut for the Bulls.
One of those Bulls making their debut was freshman Tristan Daugherty. The Peoria, IL native earned a 2-0 decision of Gio DiSabato in the first match of the day at 125. Daugherty used an escape and the riding time point to earn his first career win.
After dropping a decision at 133, the Bulls sent Derek Spann to the mat at 141. The redshirt-senior was bumped up a weight class this season after wrestling at 133. After giving up an early takedown, Spann took control for the remainder of the match and earned a 7-2 decision.
Ty Raines, also making his dual debut, had the most exciting match of the day, which helped swing the momentum into the Bulls favor. The redshirt-freshman was leading for most of the match before Ohio's Alex Mosconi got a late takedown to tie things up and force overtime. Raines wasted little time to get a takedown and earn the sudden victory.
Michael Petite cruised to a 24-9 technical fall over Andrew Knick at 157. Petite jumped out to an 11-4 lead after the first period and never looked back.
Ohio won the next two matches to cut the UB lead to 14-9. However, Pete Acciardi righted the ship for the Bulls by earning a 6-2 decision over Carson Brewer at 184 lbs. Acciardi was in control of the match the entire time.
Toby Cahill cemented the victory with an 8-2 decision over Jordan Earnest. Cahill trailed 2-1 after the second period, but took control of the match with a reversal early in the third period.
"That was a great team win," head coach John Stutzman said. "I'd like to thank everyone for making this possible. Thanks to our guys for following the protocols to wrestle and thanks to our training staff and administration for all they do."
The Bulls will next host Cleveland State next Sunday at Alumni Arena.
125 - Tristan Daugherty (UB) won by decision over Gio DiSabato (OU), 2-0
133 - Mario Guillen (OU) won by decision over Caleb Svingala (UB), 7-3
141 - Derek Spann (UB) won by decision over Conor McCrone (OU), 7-2
149 - Ty Raines (UB) won by sudden victory over Alex Mosconi (OU), 8-6 SV-1
157 - Michael Petite (UB) won by technical fall over Andrew Knick (OU), 24-9 (5:50)
165 - Colt Yinger (OU) won by decision over Noah Grover (UB), 5-4
174 - Logan Stanley (OU) won by decision over Marcus Petite, 4-1
184 - Pete Acciardi (UB) won by decision over Carson Brewer (OU), 6-2
197 - Jake Walker (OU) won by decision over Sam Mitchell (UB), 7-2
285 - Toby Cahill (UB) won by decision over Jordan Earnest (OU), 8-2