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Lantry finishes second and Gunning eighth at Midlands


EVANSTON, Ill. – Bryan Lantry finished second and Jake Gunning took eighth on the final day at Midlands hosted by Northwestern University on Saturday. Lantry became the first wrestler in University at Buffalo history to advance to the championship match at Midlands - one of the nation's premiere wrestling tournaments.

After Lantry won all three of his matches yesterday, the redshirt-junior advanced to Saturday's semifinals. In the semifinals, Lantry rallied to defeat second-seed Scott Delvecchio of Rutgers. Lantry trailed, 3-1, in the third period before gaining a takedown to tie the match at three and then road out Delvecchio for the remainder of the match to earn the riding time point and the 4-3 victory.

Lantry had a tough test in the finals as he faced top-seed Seth Gross of South Dakota State. Gross steamrolled his way to the title bout by pinning or tech falling every opponent. Gross earned the first-period fall over Lantry to take the title.

Gunning also earned a spot on the podium with his eighth-place finish. In Gunning's first match in the consolation bracket on Saturday, the redshirt-junior won a 3-2 decision over Ohio's Zack Parker. Gunning then dropped a 5-2 decision to third-seeded Amar Dhesi of Oregon State. Gunning suffered an injury in the seventh-place match to finish eighth.

As a team, Buffalo finished 17th out of the 30 teams competing.

The Bulls will next wrestle at Columbia next Saturday.

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