LANCASTER, Pa. – The Bucknell wrestling team rolled to a 23-13 victory over Franklin & Marshall Friday night at Mayser Gym.
The Bison took control of the dual early, winning five of the first six bouts to race out to what proved to be an insurmountable 17-3 lead. David Campbell (133) and Tyler Smith (141) set the tone, winning their bouts by major decision, while Drew Phipps (184) put the exclamation mark on a commanding team effort by pinning his opponent.
Campbell picked up his first major decision by downing Dan Martoccio, 10-2. The freshman scored two of his four takedowns in the third period and secured the point he needed to net four points for Bucknell on riding time.
Smith, who was slotted No. 15 in the most recent Intermat rankings, then dispatched Brett Kulp, 14-3. With his victory over Kulp, the 99th of his collegiate career, Smith remained undefeated in dual competition this season at 13-0; he has also now won 23-straight dual bouts dating back to Jan. 14, 2017. Over the course of his winning streak, he racked up bonus points in 16 bouts, winning four by fall, four by technical fall and eight by major decision.
After Smith's win, the Bison broke open the dual. First, Seth Hogue (149) held off a furious comeback bid by Wil Gil; after Gil forced overtime, Hogue scored a quick takedown in the sudden victory period to pull out a 13-11 win. Then, Christian Bassolino (157) edged Emmett LiCastri by a single point, 3-2, behind a third-period escape. D.J. Hollingshead (165) capped Bucknell's five-bout winning streak by downing Jacob Conners, 3-1, thanks to an early takedown and posting more than two minutes of riding time.
Phipps pinned Steven Mercadante in 5:31 to stake the Bison a 23-6 advantage. At the time of his pin, his second of the 2017-18 campaign, he held an 11-1 lead. Phipps has now won five of his past seven bouts.
The Bison (3-11, 2-5 EIWA) return to action on Sunday at 12 p.m. by taking on American in their final road dual of the season.
125: Edgar Garcia (F&M) dec. over Geo Barzona (BU) 5-2
133: David Campbell (BU) maj. dec. over Dan Martoccio (F&M) 10-2
141: No. 15/12/16 Tyler Smith (BU) maj. dec. over Brett Kulp (F&M) 14-3
149: Seth Hogue (BU) dec. over Wil Gil (F&M) 13-11 (SV-1)
157: Christian Bassolino (BU) dec. over Emmett LiCastri (F&M) 3-2
165: D.J. Hollingshead (BU) dec. over Jacob Conners (F&M) 3-1
174: Josh Young (F&M) dec. over Frankie Guida, Jr. (BU) 2-1
184: Drew Phipps (BU) fall over Steven Mercadante (F&M) 5:31
197: Philip Robilotto (F&M) maj. dec. over Chad Reese (BU) 9-1
285: Antonio Pelusi (F&M) over Brandon Stokes (BU) 1-0
Note: Rankings are Intermat/The Open Mat/FloWrestling