Bucknell Wrestling BIO
109-37 career record ... ranked sixth in program history in victories at time of graduation ... three-time team captain ... three-time NCAA qualifier ... four-time EIWA placewinner - 6th (2013), 6th (2014), 3rd (2015), 2nd (2016) ... 28-5 career record in EIWA duals ... four career 20-win seasons ... three-time member of NWCA All-Academic Team.
2015-16: Team captain ... finished 31-7 overall at 125 pounds ... 31 wins tied a career high, while seven losses tied a career low ... led team in victories ... earned third straight automatic berth to NCAA Championships after placing second at EIWA Championships ... posted 3-1 record at EIWAs ... 0-2 record at NCAAs ... named Bison Athlete of the Week Dec. 7 after a 6-2 performance at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational during which he defeated two 2015 NCAA All-Americans ... opened season with 13 consecutive wins ... won Navy Classic for second straight year ... also won Michigan State Open ... named to NWCA All-Academic Team ... earned EIWA All-Academic Award ... 16-1 in bonus-point matches ... career-high eight pins ... earned team's Lifestyle Achievement Award ... earned team's Big Win Award for wins over Lehigh's Darian Cruz in a November dual, Wisconsin's Johnny Jimenez at the Michigan State Open, West Virgnia's Zeke Moisey at the Cliff Keen Invitational and Brown's Mike Russo in a January dual ... win over Russo was 100th of Petrov's career.
2014-15: Team captain for a second straight year ... earned second straight automatic berth to NCAA Championships after placing third at EIWA Championships ... entered EIWAs as No. 3 seed and advanced to semifinals ... posted 4-1 record at EIWAs with three wins over seeded foes ... 0-2 record at NCAAs ... posted 27-7 overall record while wrestling exclusively at 125 pounds ... was 15-2 in last 17 bouts entering NCAAs ... had not lost back-to-back bouts since Dec. 5-6 entering NCAAs ... won November’s Navy Classic ... 10-5 in tournament competition ... one of four Bison to start all 19 duals ... posted a 17-2 mark in duals ... earned team’s Class of 2010 Leadership Award ... earned a team Big Win Award for his victory over Chattanooga’s nationally ranked Sean Boyle at the Navy Classic ... named to NWCA All-Academic Team for second straight year.
2013-14: Served as team captain ... earned automatic berth to NCAA Championships after placing sixth at EIWA Championships ... advanced to semifinals at EIWAs ... No. 4 seed at EIWAs ... had to take three medical forfeits in consolation brackets of EIWAs ... posted 1-2 record at NCAAs, defeating Utah Valley’s Jade Rauser ... posted 31-9 overall record while wrestling exclusively at 125 pounds ... tied for 10th place on Bucknell’s single-season wins list ... 17 dual wins tied for fourth on program’s single-season list ... nine-bout winning streak entering NCAA Championships ... 30-4 vs. unranked foes ... 18-3 in bonus-point bouts ... three different winning streaks of at least seven bouts ... never lost more than two bouts in a row ... defeated nationally ranked (No. 11) Anthony Zanetta of Pittsburgh in December dual ... first career win over ranked foe ... placed fifth at November’s Navy Classic ... won weight class at Mat Town Open, posting 4-0 record ... shared team’s William A. Graham IV Most Outstanding Wrestler Award with Joe Stolfi ... also earned team’s Class of 2010 Leadership award ... named to NWCA All-Academic Team.
2012-13: Named team’s Freshman of the Year ... also earned The Bucknellian’s Rookie of the Year honor ... posted 20-14 record ... one of four Bison to reach 20 wins on the season ... wrestled exclusively at 133 pounds ... No. 6 seed at EIWA Championships ... posted 2-3 record at EIWAs and finished sixth in 133-pound bracket ... nine bonus-point victories ... went 11-3 during a late-season stretch ... finished second at the Navy Classic and third at the Michigan State Open ... started all 20 dual matches.
Before Bucknell: Earned four letters in wrestling at Hanover Central High School ... 2012 IHSAA state champion at 120 pounds ... posted 47-0 record as a senior ... 180-12 career record ... three-year team captain ... two-time first-team Academic All-State ... state runner-up at 103 pounds in 2010 ... finished fourth in state at 112 pounds in 2011 ... earned team’s Mental Attitude Award ... school’s Senior Athlete of the Year.
Personal: Paul Nicholas Petrov ... born March 9, 1994 in Munster, Indiana ... son of Nick and Bessie Petrov ... has two brothers, George and John, who have both wrestled collegiately ... George wrestled two years at Purdue University ... John is a former wrestler at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville ... majoring in accounting and financial management.
Wrestling at No. 1 Penn State
Wrestling vs. No. 10 Lehigh
Wrestling vs. EIWA Championships (Saturday)
Wrestling vs. EIWA Championships
Wrestling vs. Columbia
Wrestling vs. Binghamton
Wrestling vs. American
Wrestling vs. Sacred Heart
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