FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart wrestling team lost its second straight home dual match Saturday night with a 32-6 loss to the Buffalo Bulls at the Pitt Center.
The Pioneers struggled throughout the night as the Bulls won the first four matches and took a 17-0 lead. Casey Mitchell gave Sacred Heart its first points in a very tight matchup in the 157-pound class. Mitchell started off with trailing Tim Schaefer 3-1 going into the third period. Mitchell gained a point on an escape, then was able to takedown Schaefer to get himself the lead and the win 4-3 by decision.
The Bulls then won the next three matches. Matt Fisher lost to Rrok Ndokaj 5-1 by decision in the 165-pound class. Johnny Vrasidas fell to Muhamed McBryde 11-2 for a major decision in the 174-pound class. Elliot Antler lost to Joe Ariola 5-2 by decision in the 184-pound weight class.
The last points for Sacred Heart came from the 197-pound match with Sasha Oliinyk against James Benjamin. Oliinyk earned a late takedown in the first period to go up 2-0. The sophomore led 3-1 in the third period when Benjamin earned a takedown to tie the match 3-3. Oliinyk took back the lead with an escape and a takedown to win 6-3.
The Pioneers are back in action tomorrow with a doubleheader on Sunday hosting Penn at 12 p.m. and Brown at 6 p.m.
Buffalo 32, Sacred Heart 6
125: Kyle Akins (BUF) def. Gerard Daly (SHU) 9-5 (3-0 Buffalo)
133: Bryan Lantry (BUF) pins Tim Johnson (SHU) 4:25 (9-0 Buffalo)
141: Brandon Lapi (BUF) def. Alex Harnsberger (SHU) 11-2 major decision (13-0 Buffalo)
149: Colt Cotton (BUF) def. Brandon Levesque (SHU) 8-0 major decision (17-0 Buffalo)
157: Casey Mitchell (SHU) def. Tim Schaefer (BUF) 4-3 (17-3 Buffalo)
165: Rrok Ndokaj (BUF) def. Matt Fisher (SHU) 5-1 (20-3 Buffalo)
174: Muhamed McBryde (BUF) def. Johnny Vrasidas (SHU) 11-2 major decision (24-3 Buffalo)
184: Joe Ariola (BUF) def. Elliott Antler (SHU) 5-2 (27-3 Buffalo)
197: Sasha Oliinyk (SHU) def. James Benjamin (BUF) 6-3 (27-6 Buffalo)
HWT: Jake Gunning (BUF) def. Ray Sherwood (SHU) 19-4 Tech. Fall (32-6 Buffalo)