LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell wrestling team is set to welcome Pitt to Sojka Pavilion on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Admission to the match, which is projected to feature six ranked wrestlers, is free. Fans are encouraged to bring canned food for Bucknell's canned food drive benefiting the Mount Carmel Area Food Pantry.
Before the Bison and Panthers square off, Sojka Pavilion will host a high-school match between Lewisburg and Southern Columbia. That dual will begin at 11 a.m.
Projected Bucknell Lineup
125: Jakob Campbell (3-7)
133: David Campbell (0-8)
141: #14/12/16 Tyler Smith (6-2)
149: Seth Hogue (5-8)
157: Christian Bassolino (2-8)
165: D.J. Hollingshead (6-6)
174: Nick Stephani (3-7)
184: Drew Phipps (7-5)
197: Garrett Hoffman (4-5)
285: Nate Feyrer (1-4)
Projected Pitt Lineup
125: L.J. Bentley (--) OR Brendan Price (0-4)
133: #11/13/10 Dom Forys (5-2)
141: #16/19/11 Nick Zanetta (11-5)
149: Robert Lee (4-2) OR Alex Murray (1-3)
157: #20/-/- Taleb Rahmani (10-5)
165: #-/-/17 Jake Wentzel (8-5)
174: Austin Bell (8-12)
184: Gregg Harvey (8-5)
197: Kellan Stout (2-6)
285: #15/13/15 Ryan Solomon (11-4) OR Cole Rickert (3-4)
Note: 2017-18 record in parentheses; rankings are Intermat/The Open Mat/FloWrestling
Bucknell at a Glance
• The Bison are currently 0-4 (0-1 EIWA). Three of their four opponents were ranked at the time of their meeting, including two in the top 10.
• Bucknell last competed as a team at the Cliff Keen Invitational on Dec. 1-2 in Las Vegas, N.V. At that prestigious tournament, D.J. Hollingshead (165) and Drew Phipps (184) each posted a team-best 2-2 record.
• Phipps (184/197) and Frankie Guida, Jr. (174) are currently tied for the team lead with seven wins.
• Tyler Smith (141) leads the Bison in victories by major decision (3) while Matthew Kolonia (141/149), Jack Mulay (165) and Garrett Hoffman (197) are tied for first with two wins by fall.
• Kolonia is the lone Bison to win by fall, technical fall and major decision during the 2017-18 campaign.
• Smith has a chance to become the 16th Bison to win 85 bouts during his career today. He enters today’s dual with a career winning percentage of .718, which places him in a tie for 13th all-time with fellow senior Tom Sleigh.
• To date, nine different Bison have placed in invitational competition. Phipps (3rd, 184), Smith (4th, 141) and Hollingshead (6th, 165) placed at Nov. 18’s Navy classic. While wrestling unattached, Mulay (2nd, 165), Seth Hogue (3rd, 149), Geo Barzona (4th, 125) and Kolonia (4th, 149) placed at Nov. 26’s Mat-Town Open while Kyle Inlander (3rd, 174) and Joey Schiele (6th, 157) placed at Dec. 3’s Bob Quade Cyclone Open.
• Tyler Smith checks in at No. 14, 12 and 16 respectively in this week's Intermat, The Open Mat and FloWrestling rankings.
• Smith is projected to face off against Nick Zanetta, who is slotted No. 16, 19 and 11 respectively in those rankings. Zanetta would be Smith's second ranked opponent of 2017-18; in his first match of the season on Nov. 5, Smith downed No. 19/-/19 Russell Rohlfing of CSU Bakersfield by an 11-2 major decision.
Pitt at a Glance
• Pitt is currently 1-3 (0-0 ACC) on the season. The Panthers went 11-5 (2-3) in 2016-17.
• Pitt dropped out of the USA Today/NWCA Coaches rankings this week after falling to rival West Virginia, 24-10, on Dec. 9. The Panthers were ranked No. 25 in the last poll and were slotted No. 24 in the preseason rankings.
• Four wrestlers in Pitt's projected lineup appeared in this week's Intermat rankings: Dom Forys (No. 11 at 133), Nick Zanetta (No. 16 at 141), Taleb Rahmani (No. 20 at 157) and Ryan Solomon (No. 16 at 285). Forys held the highest ranking of any Panther, being slotted No. 10 by FloWrestling. In addition, Jake Wentzel (No. 17 at 165) was ranked by FloWrestling.
• Forys, Solomon and Rahmani are Pitt's returning NCAA qualifiers.
• The Panthers will host Clarion on Saturday at 3 p.m. before making the trip to Lewisburg.
• This will be the fourth meeting between the Bison and Panthers. Pitt leads the all-time series, 3-0.
• The teams last met on Nov. 8, 2014 at Fitzgerald Field House, with the Panthers, then ranked No. 14, scoring a 22-11 victory. For Bucknell, Smith, then a freshman, scored an impressive 18-3 tech fall victory over Ben Ross.
A Look Ahead
• After enjoying a break for the holidays, the Bison return to the mat on Sunday, Jan. 7 for a 2 p.m. dual at Navy.