ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Bucknell wrestling team (2-3, 1-0 EIWA) competed in its first tournament of the 2013-14 season on Saturday, taking eighth place out of the 14 teams in the Navy Classic, held at the Naval Academy’s Wesley Brown Field House. Twenty-one Bison wrestled over the course of the full-day event, with four finishing as placewinners in the competition.
Wisconsin won this year’s Classic, tallying 164.0 points and claiming first place in three weight classes, while Navy (106.5 points) finished second and Princeton (101.5) rounded out the top three. Bucknell earned 69.0 points to finish eighth, just 3.5 points behind Brown and 7.5 ahead of West Virginia.
Paul Petrov, who placed at 133 pounds last year, put together a string of successful outings to finish in fifth place at 125 pounds. The sophomore started things off with wins over Cleveland State’s John Martin, Kent State’s Edilberto Vinas and Navy’s Brenden Campbell, before falling to Princeton’s Garrett Frey in a 4-2 decision in the championship bracket semifinals. Petrov lost a 10-0 major decision to Cleveland State’s Dan King in the consolation bracket, but went on to earn a major decision of his own in the fifth place match, defeating Kent State’s Alfredo Grey 14-6 to finish the day with a 4-2 record.
The Bison also experienced success at 149 pounds, as Alex Pellicciotti finished in sixth place. The junior earned three victories in the championship bracket, pinning Cleveland State’s Alex Parker, earning a 9-0 major decision over Brown’s Cortlandt Choate and defeating Wisconsin’s T.J. Ruschell before dropping a 6-4 decision to Ohio’s Tywan Claxton in the semifinals. Pellicciotti fell to Navy’s Ben Hunter in the consolation bracket, sending him to the fifth place match where he lost to Ruschell in a medical forfeit to end the day at 3-3.
Bucknell earned another fifth place finish at 197 pounds, as Tyler Lyster, who also placed at 197 in last year’s Navy Classic, turned in several solid performances in his weight class. The junior, who had a bye in the first round of the championship bracket, wrestled to a 12-0 major decision over Cleveland State’s Raymone Stone and pinned The Citadel’s Marshall Haas before falling 8-1 to Ohio’s Phillip Wellington in the semifinals. He was defeated by Wisconsin’s Timothy McCall in the consolation bracket, but went on to defeat Haas for the second time in one day, wrestling to a 7-2 decision, a 4-2 overall record and a fifth-place finish.
Joe Stolfi, who was placed 13th in his weight class in the latest Amateur Wrestling News national rankings, turned in Bucknell’s highest finish of the day at 285 pounds. The junior, who had a bye in the first round of the championship bracket, pinned both West Virginia’s Christopher Nelson and Cleveland State’s Amon Willis before suffering a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Ohio’s Jeremy Johnson in the semifinals. Stolfi bounced back in the consolation bracket however, pinning West Virginia’s Anthony Vizcarrondo and Chattanooga’s Kevin Malone to finish third at 285. He ended the day with a 4-1 overall record, and all four of his victories came in the form of pins.
The Bison will return to action for their first home match of the season on Saturday, Dec. 21, hosting Pittsburgh at 6 p.m. in Davis Gym.