NEW YORK – The Columbia wrestling team hosts Buffalo on Saturday in the first home dual of the season, before the Lions hit the road on Sunday to face Clarion and Hofstra at LIU Post.
The 7 p.m. contest with the Bulls from the University Gymnasium can be seen live on the Ivy League Network.
ABOUT THE LIONS: After a challenging first weekend of duals in Florida, the Lions fell to 0-4, battling Rider, Kent State, Minnesota, and North Dakota State at the South Beach Duals.
Senior Garrett Ryan improved to 15-3 on the season, boasting a 4-0 record over the weekend, including a major decision win in the match with Rider. In his first action of the season, Markus Scheidel also impressed by going 3-1, with his only loss coming in a sudden victory period.
ABOUT BUFFALO: The Bulls enter the weekend at 3-4 overall, having most recently competed at the Midlands Championships. Out at Northwestern, Bryan Lantry recorded the best-ever finish by a Buffalo wrestler at the tournament, claiming runner-up status in the 133-pound weight class, improving to 8-4 this year. Columbia is looking to avenge a 32-6 loss to Buffalo a season ago, and has a 3-2 all-time record against the Bulls.
ABOUT CLARION: Clarion will be the first of two matches for Columbia at LIU Post on Sunday, as the Golden Eagles also most recently competed at the Midlands Championships. Clarion is 1-1 in duals this year, having bested Pitt 24-20 most recently, while the team lost to Utah Valley back in November. Taylor Cahill leads the squad in wins at 17-7 in the 174-pound weight class, while Evan DeLong is 12-1 at 174, and Avery Shaw has gone 16-7 at 157. The Lions are 0-3 all-time against the Golden Eagles, with the last dual coming in 2008.
ABOUT HOFSTRA: Sunday's second match will be against a familiar foe in Hofstra, who will be the first EIWA opponent of the season. The Pride took part in the Southern Scuffle most recently, as heavyweight Michael Hughes was the top finisher for Hostra in fifth. The No. 5 ranked Hughes will provide a challenge for the No. 16 ranked Ryan, and should highlight one of the top match-ups this weekend. Hughes topped Ryan 4-0 back on Nov. 18 during the Navy Classic, but the Columbia senior defeated the Hofstra heavyweight 14-4 in the freestyle division championship match of the University Nationals in June. Columbia is 13-15-2 all-time against Hofstra, including a 24-12 victory a season ago.
AFTER THE MATCH: Alumni and friends of the program are invited for a social gathering at the Arts and Craft Beer Parlor on 116th and Amsterdam after the match against Buffalo concludes on Saturday.
UP NEXT: After the trio of duals this weekend, Columbia hits the road to Sacred Heart on Saturday, Jan. 13, before hosting Binghamton on Sunday, Jan. 14 in a 1 p.m. bout.