HAMPTON, Va. – Bucknell won four straight bouts from 141 pounds to 165 pounds and the Bison posted three bonus-point victories as they concluded the Virginia Duals Saturday morning with a 20-17 victory over Chattanooga. Bucknell finished the two-day event with a 2-2 record and is now 3-4 on the year.
Tom Sleigh finished the weekend with a team-best 4-0 record as his 5-1 decision over D.J. Smith at 197 pounds clinched at least a tie for the Bison. It was a team-high 17th win of the season for Sleigh, who is one of three nationally ranked Bucknell grapplers.
Chattanooga opened the match with wins at 125 and 133, but the Bison quickly answered with four consecutive victories, three of which were for bonus points.
Nationally ranked Tyler Smith got the win streak started with a 12-2 major decision at 141 pounds, while Seth Hogue followed with a 15-4 major decision at 149. Victor Lopez shut out (5-0) his opponent at 157, while D.J. Hollingshead recorded the only pin of the match at 165.
The bonus-point wins proved to be the difference in the match. Both teams recorded five victories, but Bucknell had two by major decision and one by fall, compared to three decisions and two major decisions for Chattanooga (3-7).
The match was not decided until the final bout as the Bison took a 20-14 lead into the 285-pound match. Bucknell senior Tyler Greene faced No. 11-ranked Jared Johnson, who ended up with a win by decision, giving Bucknell the win by the final three-point margin.
Saturday’s match marked the first-ever meeting between Bucknell and Chattanooga.
The Bison will be back in action next weekend when they travel to New England for matches at EIWA foes Harvard (Jan. 21) and Brown (Jan. 22). Bucknell is 1-1 against EIWA opponents this year.
Bucknell 20, Chattanooga 17
125: Alonzo Allen (C) maj. dec. Jordan Gessner (B), 13-2.
133: Chris Debien (C) dec. Joey Gould (B), 3-2.
141: No. --/15/15 Tyler Smith (B) maj. dec. Chase Zemenck (C), 12-2.
149: Seth Hogue (B) maj. dec. Dylanger Potter (C), 15-4.
157: No. 12/15/17 Victor Lopez (B) dec. Dolton Clark (C), 5-0.
165: D.J. Hollingshead (B) pinned Justin Lampe (C), 6:50.
174: Chad Solomon (C) dec. Connor Wagh (B), 3-2.
184: No. 17/15/17 Bryce Carr (C) maj. dec. Drew Phipps (B), 16-6.
197: No. 16/12/17 Tom Sleigh (B) dec. D.J. Smith (C), 5-1.
285: No. 11/11/11 Jared Johnson (C) dec. Tyler Greene (B), 7-2.