LEWISBURG, Pa. – Tyler Smith improved to 3-0 by topping Luke Karam during the Bucknell wrestling team's dual against No. 10 Lehigh on Friday night at Sojka Pavilion.
Smith scored a takedown late in the third period and then picked up the bonus point for having more than a minute of riding time to win the 141 bout by a 5-3 decision.
At 125, Jakob Campbell gave defending national champion Darian Cruz a battle. The freshman trailed only 1-0 until late in the second period before ceding the match, 6-1.
In his first start of the 2017-18 campaign, Garrett Hoffman rallied from an early 6-0 deficit to drop a tight 9-5 decision to Jake Jakobsen. Hoffman came back from having a bloody nose patched up to score a takedown on the restart but ultimately couldn't erase Jakobsen's advantage.
The Mountain Hawks, who started five nationally ranked wrestlers, ultimately defeated the Bison, 36-2. It was Lehigh's first match of the 2017-18 campaign. Bucknell was deducted one team point for badgering the official.
The Bison (0-3, 0-1 EIWA) return to the mat when they travel to No. 1 Penn State on Sunday for a 2 p.m. match in Rec Hall. It will be the first official meeting between Bucknell and Penn State, winner of six of the past seven NCAA titles.
125: #4/1/4 Darian Cruz (LU) dec. over Jakob Campbell (BU) 6-1
133: #4/4/4 Scott Parker (LU) maj. dec. over David Campbell (BU) 13-4
141: #10/6/9 Tyler Smith (BU) dec. over Luke Karam (LU) 5-3
149: Jonathan Mele (LU) maj. dec. over Seth Hogue 15-6
157: Ian Brown (LU) maj. dec. over Christian Bassolino (BU) 13-5
165: Gordon Wolf (LU) tech fall over D.J. Hollingshead (BU) 20-4 (3:44)
174: #11/13/6 Jordan Kutler (LU) fall over Nick Stephani (BU) 2:36
184: #6/8/8 Ryan Preisch (LU) maj. dec. over Chad Reese (BU) 10-0
197: Jake Jakobsen (LU) dec. over Garrett Hoffman (BU) 9-5
285: #20/20/19 Jordan Wood dec. over Eric Chakonis (BU) 4-0
Note: Rankings are Intermat/The Open Mat/FloWrestling