CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Bucknell sophomore 125-pounder Paul Petrov came one win away from placing at the competitive Southern Scuffle, which wrapped up Thursday. He was one of three Bison in action at McKenzie Arena as junior 197-pounder Tyler Lyster and junior 285-pounder Joe Stolfi entered the day in the consolation brackets at their weight classes.
Petrov, the No. 12 seed in his bracket, posted a 3-0 record on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals. A win in his opening match Thursday against third-seeded Josh Martinez of Air Force would have guaranteed at least a top-six placing, but he lost by fall, ending a nine-bout winning streak. Petrov then dropped a 5-3 decision to Missouri’s Zach Synon in the consolation bracket, ending his tournament with a 3-2 mark.
Lyster posted a 1-1 mark for the second straight day. He opened with a 5-3 decision over Air Force’s Robert Isley, but followed that with a 5-0 loss to 11th-seeded Conner Hartmann from Duke. The win over Isley was the 40th of Lyster’s career, making him the third current Bison to reach that plateau.
The sixth-seeded Stolfi was upset by the No. 11 seed in his final match on Wednesday. He bounced back with two pins in his first two bouts Thursday, but his day came to an end with a tight 4-3 loss to fifth-seeded Austin Marsden from Oklahoma State. It was the second meeting of the year between Stolfi and Marsden. The two squared off in a November dual with Marsden posted an 8-3 win.
Stolfi’s two pins on Thursday lifted his season total to 11, marking the most by a Bucknell wrestler since Eric Lapotsky had 13 in 2006-07.
Bucknell finished 28th in the team standings with 13.5 points.
The Bison will return to action Jan. 10-11 at the Virginia Duals.
125: Paul Petrov, So. (#12 seed)
Championship Round 1: W, dec. Nick Herrmann (Virginia), 4-3.
Championship Round 2: W, dec. Ares Carpio (Arizona State), 14-7
Championship Round 3: W, dec. #6 seed Anthony Zanetta (Pittsburgh), 5-3.
Quarterfinals: L, fall #3 seed Josh Martinez (Air Force), 5:00.
Consolation Round 6: L, dec. Zach Synon (Missouri), 5-3.
197: Tyler Lyster, Jr.
Championship Round 2: L, dec. Nick Bonaccorsi (Pittsburgh), 4-3.
Consolation Round 3: W, dec. Steve Congenie (Cornell), 5-2.
Consolation Round 4: W, dec. Robert Isley (Air Force), 5-3.
Consolation Round 5: L, dec. #11 seed Conner Hartmann (Duke), 5-0.
285: Joe Stolfi, Jr. (#6 seed)
Championship Round 2: W, maj. dec. Collin Campbell (Virginia), 15-4.
Championship Round 3: L, dec. No. 11 seed Devin Mellon (Missouri), 3-1 (sv1)
Consolation Round 4: W, fall Joseph Bexley (The Citadel), 4:22.
Consolation Round 5: W, fall Henry Chirino (Northern Colorado), 2:11.
Consolation Round 6: L, dec. #5 seed Austin Marsden (Oklahoma State), 4-3.