Gunning Wins Individual Title on Final Day of MAC Championships


Mar 05, 2017

CEDAR FALLS, IA – Jake Gunning won the individual title at 285 lbs. at the Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championships on Sunday afternoon at Northern Iowa University. Gunning defeated Gage Hutchison of Eastern Michigan for Buffalo’s first individual title since 2011. 
After a scoreless first period, Hutchison drew first blood with an escape to start the second period and take a 1-0 lead. However, shortly after, Gunning earned a 2-point takedown to take a 2-1 lead. Another escape from Hutchison tied the match at two going into third. The difference proved to be a stall penalty on Hutchison in the third period that gave Gunning the 3-2 victory.
“I came in here last year and took second and didn’t get a bid,” Gunning said. “We’ve trained year round and it has paid off. Buffalo is coming up. We’re on the rise.”
Earlier in the day, Bryan Lantry lost an overtime heartbreaker to second seed John Erneste of Missouri in the 133 lb. final. With the score tied 2-2 in the first overtime period, it looked like Lantry earned a takedown that would have given him the title, but it wasn’t awarded and Erneste followed with a 2-point takedown to get the win. Lantry’s second-place finish still earned him a spot at the NCAA Championships for the second straight year.
Kyle Akins pinned Eastern Michigan’s Noah Gonser in his first match on Sunday to punch his ticket to the NCAA Tournament as well. With five qualifiers to the NCAAs for the conference at 125, Akins, who has been fighting through injuries over the last couple weeks, forfeited his spot in the third place final and finished fourth.
Thanks to a solid Saturday, Muhamed McBryde earned a spot in the 174-lb. third place final, with the winner going to the NCAA Tournament. However, McBryde lost a tight 5-4 decision to 2-seed C.J. Brucki of Central Michigan …

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