LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell wrestling team faces Bloomsburg in its final dual on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Sojka Pavilion.
Before the dual, the Bison will recognize seniors Collin Boylan, Chad Reese, Tom Sleigh, Tyler Smith, Zach Valley and Connor Wagh for their contributions to the program. Sleigh and Smith, both three-time NCAA qualifiers, have combined for 190 victories in a Bucknell singlet. In addition, the senior class has excelled in the classroom, combining for a 3.21 grade point average.
Projected Bucknell Lineup
125: Mike Macklin (3-10)
133: David Campbell (3-18)
141: No. 14/11/17 Tyler Smith (23-3)
149: Seth Hogue (10-17)
157: Christian Bassolino (4-18) OR Andrew Millsap (0-7)
165: D.J. Hollingshead (16-10)
174: Nick Stephani (11-14) OR Frankie Guida, Jr. (13-14)
184: Drew Phipps (19-9)
197: Chad Reese (1-8) OR Kyle Inlander (14-13)
285: Brandon Stokes (9-15)
Projected Bloomsburg Lineup
125: Willy Girard (9-5)
133: Andy Schutz (20-6)
141: Shawn Orem (2-10)
149: Braden Stahlnecker (3-14)
157: Kevin Laubach, Jr. (9-10)
165: Nate Newberry (9-12)
174: Kyle Murphy (13-15)
184: Trevor Allard (25-10)
197: Logan Womelsdorf (10-16)
285: Bruce Graeber (18-14)
Note: 2017-18 record in parentheses; rankings are Intermat/The Open Mat/FloWrestling
Bucknell at a Glance
• The Bison are currently 3-13 (2-7 EIWA) on the season.
• In its most recent dual on Feb. 11, Bucknell fell to Army West Point, 22-19. Bolstered by Mike Macklin (125) and Seth Hogue (149) winning by fall, the Bison raced out to a 16-3 lead, but the Black Knights battled back to score their first EIWA victory of the season.
• Tyler Smith (141) and Drew Phipps (184) also won their bouts. Smith, who was honored before the dual for becoming the 10th Bison to win 100 career duals, scored a commanding 17-5 major decision over Austin Harry. Phipps topped Noah Stewart by a 7-2 decision, stretching his winning streak to four.
• Smith is 101-34 in his collegiate career and boasts Bucknell's ninth-best career winning percentage (.748). With his victory over Harry, he passed Paul Petrov (.747, 109-37) for that spot.
• Smith is 23-3 on the season, giving him a winning percentage of .885 that would slot him fifth in the Bucknell annals. Only four Bison have recorded a single-season winning percentage north of .900: Tom Scotton (.966 in 1977-78), Kevin LeValley (.919 in 2010-11), Tom Marchetti (.906 in 1989-90) and Bobby Ferraro (.903 in 1992-93).
• Smith, who is a perfect 15-0 in dual action, leads the Bison with his 23 wins. He is also riding a 13-bout winning streak and owns team-best totals in victories by major decision (8) and technical fall (3).
• Phipps ranks second on the team in overall wins (19) and dual wins (10). In EIWA action, he is 7-1, with his only loss coming to then No. 13 Michael Coleman of Navy. He is also tied with D.J. Hollingshead (165) for second among Bison in victories by major decision (5).
• Matthew Kolonia (141/149) leads Bucknell with five pins; he, Macklin, Phipps and Smith are the only Bison who have won by fall, technical fall and major decision during the 2017-18 campaign.
• Twenty two different Bison have started in dual competition this season. Of that group, only Smith (141) and Phipps (184/197) have started during all but one dual to date.
• Tyler Smith checks in at No. 14, 11 and 17 respectively in the most recent Intermat, The Open Mat and FloWrestling rankings.
• Smith, D.J. Hollingshead and Drew Phipps appeared in the first NCAA rating percentage index. In addition, Smith and Phipps made the second of four NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings.
• In the RPI, Smith, a three-time NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds, was slotted ninth while Hollingshead was 25th at 165 pounds and Phipps was 27th at 184 pounds. Smith was tied for 12th with Nebraska's Chad Red in the NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings while Phipps checked in at 32nd.
• In the first NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings, Smith was tabbed 13th. Garrett Hoffman, who earned an at-large bid to compete at the 2017 national tournament, was ranked 30th at 197 pounds; he was dropped from the second list after missing Bucknell's past eight duals due to injury.
Smith Seeks Undefeated Dual Season
• Tyler Smith enters Bucknell's final dual with a perfect 15-0 record in dual action.
• Smith has the chance to become the first Bison to go undefeated in dual competition (minimum five starts) since Andy Rendos accomplished the feat with a 12-0 record at 165 pounds in 2009-10. Rendos went on to win Bucknell's first EIWA title and place sixth at the NCAA championships.
• Since Rendos's perfect campaign, three Bison have had one-loss dual seasons: Kevin LeValley (17-1 at 149 in 2010-11), Tom Sleigh (15-1 at 197 in 2016-17) and Joe Stolfi (18-1 at 285 in 2014-15, 13-1 at 285 in 2015-16). In addition, three Bison suffered only two defeats in dual competition over the course of a campaign: Rustin Barrick (15-2 at 174 in 2015-16), Corey Lear (12-2 at 165 in 2012-13) and Paul Petrov (17-2 at 125 in 2014-15, 14-2 at 25 in 2015-16).
Smith's Win Streak in Duals Reaches 25
• Dating back to Jan. 14, 2017, Tyler Smith has now won 25-straight dual bouts. He closed out the 2016-17 campaign on a 10-bout winning streak in dual competition.
• Smith last fell in a dual on Jan. 13, 2017 to Virginia's George DiCamillo, who was ranked seventh by Intermat at the time.
• Over the course of his winning streak, Smith racked up bonus points in 17 bouts, winning four by fall, four by technical fall and nine by major decision. Three of his victories came against ranked opponents: a 14-10 sudden victory decision over No. 16 Logan Everett of Army West Point (Feb. 12, 2017), an 11-2 major decision over No. 19 Russell Rohlfing of CSU Bakersfield (Nov. 5, 2017) and a 5-2 decision over No. 16 Nick Zanetta of Pitt (Dec. 17, 2017).
Bloomsburg at a Glance
• The Huskies are currently 5-9 (2-4 EWL) on the season. They most recently dropped a home dual to Clarion (30-9) on Feb. 9 and a road contest to Binghamton (21-12) on Feb. 11.
• Andy Schutz (133) and Trevor Allard (184) both have racked up at least 20 victories. Allard boasts a 25-10 record while Schutz is 20-6. Allard is projected to grapple with Drew Phipps, who is looking to become the second Bison reach the 20-win plateau this season.
• While Bloomsburg leads the all-time series, 12-4-1, Bucknell won the past three duals.
• In the most recent meeting on Jan. 29, 2017, the Bison downed the Huskies, 33-6. Tyler Smith (141) and Victor Lopez (157) pinned their opponents while five other Bison scored victories by decision. Four of the bouts were decided by two or fewer points, with Jordan Gessner (125) winning in the sudden-victory period and Phipps (184) emerging victorious in the first tiebreaker frame.
A Look Ahead
• The Bison compete at the EIWA Championships on March 3-4 at Hofstra's David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex in Hempstead, N.Y.