EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Four SIUE wrestlers picked up individual victories Friday in the Cougars' 24-14 loss to Buffalo at the Vadalabene Center.
"We definitely felt better about how we wrestled in a lot of matches," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates.
SIUE, 2-8, will have little time to rest before its next action. The Cougars head to Springfield, Illinois, at the Bank of Springfield Center for two dual matches, facing The Citadel in a 6 p.m. Southern Conference match and Northern Illinois at 7:30 p.m.
The Cougars got out to a strong start against Buffalo when Zac Gentzler picked up his first win in front of a Vadalabene Center crowd on Alumni Night. Gentzler defeated Buffalo's Justin Patrick 11-6.
"Zach did a great job getting a turn in his match," said Spates. "That's big when your 125-pounder starts out on the mat and gets a win."
Nate Higgins gained his first major decision of the season and his 10th win at 165 pounds with a 12-2 triumph over Noah Grover.
"We've been talking a lot about scoring bonus points," Spates said.
Bryce Shewan was aggressive at 184 pounds, collecting seven takedowns en route to a 17-6 victory over Buffalo's Brent Perry.
"He wrestled hard from whistle to whistle," Spates noted.
Christian Dulaney earned SIUE's final victory but had to go to the distance in overtime for a 4-2 win at 97 pounds. His takedown in the third overtime period over Joe Ariola provided the margin of victory.
"He dug deep against a tough kid," said Spates.
Buffalo earned a forfeit at 174 pounds and picked up a pin from Kobe Garrehy at 157 pounds.
Buffalo 24 SIUE 14
125 Zac Gentzler (SIUE) def. Justin Patrick (Buffalo), 11-6
133 Blake Retell (Buffalo) def. Joe Antonelli (SIUE), 8-2
141 Jason Estevez (Buffalo) def. Dakota Leach (SIUE), 8-6
149 Nicholas Palumbo (Buffalo) def. Tyshawn Williams (SIUE), 9-4
157 Kobe Garrehy (Buffalo) pinned Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE), 4:18
165 Nate Higgins (SIUE) def. Noah Grover (Buffalo), 12-2
174 Ryan Kromer (Buffalo) won by forfeit
184 Bryce Shewan (SIUE) def. Brett Perry (Buffalo), 17-6
197 Christian Dulaney (SIUE) def. Joe Ariola (Buffalo), SV-2 4-2
285 Ian James (Buffalo) def. Tommy Helton (SIUE), 3-0
Records: SIUE 2-8, Buffalo 4-4