LEWISBURG, Pa. – Jordan Gessner and D.J. Hollingshead recorded pins, and Tyler Smith and Tom Sleigh notched wins by tech fall and major decision to propel the Bucknell wrestling team to a 33-7 victory over Binghamton Friday evening at Davis Gym. It was the eighth consecutive win for the Bison, who improved to 10-4, 7-1 EIWA. The Bearcats lost for just the second time in their last eight matches as they fell to 8-5, 8-3 EIWA.
Bucknell won at eight of the 10 weight classes with four victories for bonus points and three bouts that ended in shutout.
Gessner got the match started on a high note for the Bison at 125 pounds. After trailing 6-2 to end the first period, the freshman came back to pin Steven Bulzomi 30 seconds into the final period. Gessner trailed 6-3 at the time of the pin, his fourth of the year.
Hollingshead also recorded his fourth fall of the season, downing Anthony DePrez in 1:50 at 174 pounds to give the Bison a 26-4 edge and clinching the outcome of the match. Hollingshead led 2-0 at the time of the pin.
Joey Gould followed Gessner’s win with a 6-2 decision at 133 pounds. The Bison freshman built a 5-0 lead on his way to the victory.
Smith followed with a dominating 18-3 tech fall victory at 141 pounds. He totaled four takedowns and an escape in the final period as he won for the 14th time in his last 15 bouts.
Lopez, who was honored prior to the match for posting his 100th career victory last week, posted Bucknell’s first shutout of the night at 157, defeating Tristan Rifanburg 7-0. Logan Kerin followed with a 4-0 shutout at 165 pounds.
Sleigh’s10-0 major decision at 197 – his 17th consecutive win – and an 8-5 victory by Tyler Greene at 285 helped Bucknell conclude the match with a season-high-tying 33 points.
In each of the Bison’s last four wins, the opponent has remained in single digits. Bucknell has won those four matches by a combined 126-26 score.
Friday’s match was just the beginning of the weekend for the Bison, who wrestle at Army West Point on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Bucknell 33, Binghamton 7
125: Jordan Gessner (Buck) pinned Steven Bulzomi (Bing), 5:32.
133: Joey Gould (Buck) dec. Audey Ashkar (Bing), 6-2.
141: No. 19/12/12 Tyler Smith (Buck) tech fall Dylan Caruana (Bing), 18-3.
149: Parker Kropman (Bing) maj. dec. Seth Hogue (Buck), 19-6.
157: No. 14/15/18 Victor Lopez (Buck) dec. Tristan Rifanburg (Bing), 7-0.
165: Logan Kerin (Buck) dec. Jake Einbinder (Bing), 4-0.
174: D.J. Hollingshead (Buck) pinned Anthony DePrez (Bing), 1:50.
184: No. 15/17/18 Steve Schneider (Bing) dec. Garrett Hoffman, 4-2.
197: No. 15/10/12 Tom Sleigh (Buck) maj. dec. Mark Tracy (Bing), 10-0.
285: Tyler Greene (Buck) dec. Connor Calkins (Bing), 8-5.