EDINBORO, Pa. – In a rematch from the first round of the 2017 NCAA championship's 141-pound bracket, No. 9 Tyler Smith topped No. 19 Russell Rohlfing by major decision, 11-2, during the Bucknell wrestling team's season-opening dual against CSU Bakersfield at McComb Fieldhouse.
Smith opened up an 8-1 lead in the first period and never looked back, moving to 79-31 in his collegiate career.
Two other Bison scored hard-fought victories during the dual, which the Roadrunners (2-0) won by a 26-10 margin.
At 197, No. 14 Tom Sleigh was narrowly defeated by No. 11 Matt Williams in another rematch from the 2017 NCAA championship. In the final seconds, Williams scored a point to pull out a 6-5 victory.
With the loss, Bucknell's winning streak, which dated back to Jan. 14, 2017, was snapped at 10 matches, one victory shy of the school record that spanned parts of the 1987-88 and 1988-89 campaigns.
At the 2017 NCAA championships, Smith topped Rohlfing by decision, 8-6, in the first round of the 141 bracket. Sleigh fell to Williams by decision, 4-1, in the second round of the 197 bracket.
The Bison (0-1) next take on No. 25 Edinboro at 1:30 p.m. today.
125: Sergio Mendez (CSUB) maj. dec. Jakob Campbell (BU) 17-7
133: Sean Nickell (CSUB) maj. dec. David Campbell (BU) 10-2
141: #9/8/9 Tyler Smith (BU) maj. dec. #19/-/19 Russell Rohlfing (CSUB) 11-2
149: Seth Hogue (BU) dec. Kalani Tonge (CSUB) 8-6
157: # -/13/- Coleman Hammond (CSUB) tech. fall Mitch Hartman (BU) 17-2 (7:00)
165: #15 Lorenzo DeLa Riva (CSUB) maj. dec. Joey Schiele (BU) 12-1
174: Nick Stephani (BU) dec. Bryan Battisto (CSUB) 10-8
184: Dominic Ducharme (CSUB) dec. Drew Phipps (BU) 10-4
197: #11/12/11 Matt Williams (CSUB) dec. #14/13/15 Tom Sleigh (BU) 6-5
285: Jarrod Snyder (CSUB) dec. Eric Chakonis (BU), 6-2
Note: Rankings are Intermat/The Open Mat/FloWrestling