Jake Gunning of the University at Buffalo won the individual ltitle at 285 pounds on Sunday at the Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championships hosted by Northern Iow3a at Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Gunning defeated Gage Hutchison of Eastern Michigan for UB's first individual title in the conference meet since 2011.
"I came in here last year and took second and didn't get a bid" to the nationals, Gunning said. "We've trained year round and it has paid off. Buffalo is coming up. We're on the rise."
The match was tied 2-2 after a two-point take down and a one-point escape by Hutchison. The difference proved to be a stall penalty on Hutchison in the third period, giving Gunning a 3-2 victory.
Earlier, Bryan Lantry of UB lost in overtime to second seed John Ernest of Missouri in the 133-pound final. Erneste scored a 2-point takedown to get the win. Lantry earned a place in the NCAA Championships for the second straight year. Kyle Akins pinned Eastern Michigan's Noah Gonser in his first match on Sunday to qualify for the NCAAs as well. Akins, who has been fighting through injuries, forfeited his spot in the third place final and finished fourth.