The University at Buffalo wrestling team hosted some elite competition on Thursday night, as Missouri – ranked seventh in the country – arrived in town.
The Bulls couldn’t stay with the Tigers, as they saw their five-match winning streak come to an end. Missouri, which had five nationally ranked wrestlers from its roster take part in the match, finished with a 28-8 victory.
“I’m disappointed, but not disappointed,” head coach John Stutzman said. “I know we’re not far off. They’re a nationally ranked team for a reason. They’re well coached and I have to give those guys a lot of credit. We’ve got to get better, and we have 60 days to do it.”
The Bulls came close to a couple of wins in the early going. At 125 pounds, Justin Patrick fell to Barlow McGhee, ranked No. 14 nationally, by a score of 3-2. Patrick’s takedown, which would have given him the match, came just after the final buzzer.
Missouri won the next five matches before UB finally got on the scoreboard at 184 pounds. Brett Perry won a 2-1 decision from Matt Lemanowicz.
The highlight match was supposed to be at 197 pounds, when Nate Rose of UB faced two-time national champion and Olympic medalist J’den Cox. However, Cox was given the night off to rest for an upcoming match. Rose went on to beat Jayden Bears, 17-0.
UB fell to 6-4 overall and 1-2 in the MAC. The Bulls are slated to take on Old Dominion next Friday.
Friday’s basketball games
• Maybe a trip to the New York City area will be just what Niagara’s women’s basketball team needs to snap out of its losing streak. The Purple Eagles will play at Iona (7 p.m., ESPN3). Niagara has lost seven straight games, dating to Dec. 7, and has a record of 4-11, 1-5 MAAC.
• Canisius will be spending the weekend in New Jersey playing a pair of Metro Atlantic teams. The Golden Griffins are at Saint Peter’s on Friday night. Canisius has lost seven of its last eight games. The Griffins are 3-12, 2-4 in the conference. The Peacocks have the same record as Canisius.