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UB wrestling hits the road for a pair of duals

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO ATHLETICS


BUFFALO -- The University at Buffalo wrestling team hits the road for a pair of duals to close out the week. The Bulls will wrestle at fourth-ranked Missouri on Thursday night followed by a dual at SIU-Edwardsville on Friday.
Buffalo is 4-4 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference. The Bulls are coming off a 25-13 win at Columbia on Saturday. True freshman Nick Palumbo sparked Buffalo with a major decision win in his first career dual match to open the dual. The Bulls added four other major decision and a fall in the win.
Missouri, ranked fourth in the nation, is 12-0 and is coming off a 27-11 win over Cornell on December 30. The Tigers have six wrestlers ranked in the top 10 nationally, led by 141-pounder Jaydin Eierman who is ranked second in the nation. The Bulls are looking for their first ever win over the Tigers, trailing 5-0 in the all-time series. Missouri won the last meeting 28-8 at Alumni Arena last season.
On Friday, the Bulls will wrestle at SIU-Edwardsville. The Cougars are 2-7 on the season and are coming off a 31-3 loss to Kent State on December 30. SIU-Edwardsville is led by 197-pounder Christian Dulaney who is 11-6 on the season.
Buffalo leads the all-time series with SIU-Edwardsville, 2-0. The Bulls won the last meeting, 27-12, in 2013.
Projected Matchups vs. Missouri
125: Kyle Akins (12-6) or Justin Patrick (10-5) vs. #22 Barlow McGhee (7-5) or Aaron Assad (7-5)
133: #15 Bryan Lantry (9-4) vs. #5 John Erneste (15-1)
141: Jason Estevez (5-7) or Blake Retell (4-4) vs. #2 Jaydin Eierman (18-1)
149: Nick Palumbo (11-11) vs. #12 Grant Leeth (14-2)
157: Kobe Garrehy (11-6) vs. #4 Joey Lavallee (19-1) or Luke Fortuna (13-5)
165: Noah Grover (8-10) vs. Connor Flynn (15-6)
174: Ryan Kromer (4-6) vs. #4 Daniel Lewis (20-0)
184: Austin Weigel (8-8) vs. Canten Marriott (16-4)
197: Joe Ariola (7-5) vs. #7 Wyatt Koelling (13-6)
285: Ian James (16-11) vs. Jake Bohlken (13-9) or Dante Jiovenetta (3-3)
Projected Matchups vs. SIU-Edwardsville
125: Kyle Akins (12-6) or Justin Patrick (10-5) vs. Zac Gentzler (5-11)
133: #15 Bryan Lantry (9-4) vs. Joe Antonelli (2-6) or Lucas Bernal (1-5)
141: Jason Estevez (5-7) or Blake Retell (4-4) vs. Dakota Leach (3-8)
149: Nick Palumbo (11-11) vs. Tyshawn Williams (6-8)
157: Kobe Garrehy (11-6) vs. Karsten Van Velsor (5-12)
165: Noah Grover (8-10) vs. Nate Higgins (9-6)
174: Ryan Kromer (4-6) vs. Mason McDaniel (0-4)
184: Austin Weigel (8-8) vs. Bryce Shewan (6-8)
197: Joe Ariola (7-5) vs. Christian Dulaney (11-6)
285: Ian James (16-11) vs. Tommy Helton (3-9)