Edinboro's 141 lber Gabe Willochell (Photo courtesy of Edinboro athletics)
Buffalo Tri-Meet: The Bulls hosted Cleveland State and SIU-Edwardsville in a tri-meet on Sunday in Alumni Arena. Buffalo swept both Cleveland State (19-17) and SIUE (24-12), going a perfect 2-0 on the day. Cleveland State had a solid win over SIUE-Edwardsville (24-15), and a close loss to Buffalo (19-17), going 1-1. SIUE dropped both matches, losing to Buffalo (24-12) and Cleveland State (24-15), going 0-2.
Buffalo had three standout wrestlers, all of which went a perfect 2-0 on the day, leading the Bulls to a sweeping victory. Derek Spann (133) had a win over Cleveland State by forfeit and over Matt Malavsky of SIUE by fall in 2:04. Hunter Shaut (157) defeated Caleb Cass of Cleveland State by a 6-1 decision, and Max Kristoff of SIUE by a 10-5 decision. Jay Nivison triumphed over Anthony Rice of Cleveland State with a 7-4 decision and Kevin Gschwendtner of SIUE with a 5-3 decision. Spann improves to 10-6, Shaut to 7-6, and Nivison is now 12-6 this season.
Cleveland State had five wrestlers who went 2-0 on the day. Logan Heil (125) had a win over Jordan Reyes of Buffalo by technical fall, and Austin Macias of Edwardsville by a decision of 7-5. Marcus Robinson (149) defeated John Arceri of Buffalo by a 7-5 decision, and Caleb Tyus of SIUE by a 7-5 decision. Riley Smucker (165) won by decision over Noah Grover of UB 6-3 and by forfeit over SIUE. DeAndre Nasser (184) defeated Pete Acciardi of Buffalo 3-2 and Sergio Villlalobos of SIUE 4-3 in tiebreakers. Ben Smith (197) won by decision over Sam Mitchell of Buffalo 5-2, and Ryan Yarnell of SIUE 5-1. Heil improves to 6-6, Robinson moves up to 10-2, Smucker is now 11-1, Nassar climbs to 10-3, and Smith gets to 9-3 this season.
SIU-Edwardsville had two wrestlers go 2-0 on the day, sweeping their matches against Buffalo and Cleveland State. Saul Ervin (141) defeated Hunter Olson of Cleveland State by technical fall and Ben Freeman of Buffalo by a 2-1 decision. Colton McKiernan (HWT) won by decision over Daniel Bucknavich of Cleveland State 6-0 and Toby Cahill of Buffalo 1-0. Ervin improves to 12-3, and teammate McKiernan improves to 9-5 this season.
Edinboro: Two Fighting Scots had a noteworthy weekend, placing at the Franklin & Marshall Open. Gabe Willochell (141) placed second on the podium, while teammate Ryan Burgos (149) took fourth. The two wrestlers have been leading the charge at Edinboro this year. Willochell improves to 14-6 this season, and Burgos improves to 10-8. Two of Willochell's four wins came over past NCAA qualifiers (Matt Kazimir - Columbia and Zach Redding - Iowa State).