LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell wrestling team is set to travel to EIWA foes Franklin & Marshall and American for its final road duals of the 2017-18 season.
The Bison will square off against the Diplomats on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Eagles on Sunday at 12 p.m. in EIWA action.
Bucknell (2-11, 1-5 EIWA) vs. Franklin & Marshall (1-10, 0-7 EIWA)
When: Friday, Feb. 2 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mayser Gym – Lancaster, Pa.
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Live Stats: TrackWrestling.com
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Projected Bucknell Lineup
125: Geo Barzona (7-11)
133: David Campbell (2-16)
141: No. 15/12/16 Tyler Smith (20-3)
149: Matthew Kolonia (12-10) OR Seth Hogue (8-17)
157: Christian Bassolino (3-16) OR Andrew Millsap (0-7)
165: D.J. Hollingshead (14-10)
174: Nick Stephani (11-12) OR Frankie Guida, Jr. (13-13)
184: Drew Phipps (16-9)
197: Chad Reese (1-5)
285: Brandon Stokes (9-12)
Projected Franklin & Marshall Lineup
125: Edgar Garcia (5-10)
133: Dan Martoccio (4-12)
141: Brett Kulp (15-11)
149: Wil Gil (13-13) OR Sam Butler (5-14)
157: Emmett LiCastri (8-16)
165: Dylan Gumaer (5-13) OR Jacob Conners (4-12)
174: Josh Young (11-13)
184: Steven Mercadante (2-17)
197: Philip Robilotto (4-6)
285: Antonio Pelusi (17-5)
Projected American Lineup
125: Gage Curry (13-12) OR Daniel Kidd (1-4)
133: No. 10/6/7 Josh Terao (23-4) OR Garrett Clifford (9-10)
141: Kizhan Clarke (13-10) OR Jack Mutchnik (12-8)
149: No. -/17/17 Michael Sprague (16-10) OR Jack Mutchnik (12-8) OR Elijah Murphy (3-9)
157: Eric Hong (9-10) OR Anthony Wokasch (8-16)
165: Anthony Wokasch (8-16) OR Bryce Dempsey (4-9) OR Colin Shannon (3-10)
174: Conner Allshouse (6-14) OR Michael Eckhart (6-14)
184: Prince Hyeamang (6-13) OR Abraham Correa-Medina (5-6)
197: No. 12/11/12 Jeric Kasunic (26-3)
285: Brett Dempsey (10-8)
Note: 2017-18 record in parentheses; rankings are Intermat/The Open Mat/FloWrestling
Bucknell at a Glance
• The Bison are currently 2-11 (1-5 EIWA) on the season.
• Bucknell most recently traveled to Penn and Columbia on Jan. 27. After falling to Penn, 24-14, the Bison were edged by the Lions, 22-17, in a dual that came down to the final bout.
• Tyler Smith (141) went 2-0 on the day, scoring both of his victories by technical fall. He topped Penn's Jake Lizak, 26-11, and Columbia's J.P. Ascolese, 25-7. He has now posted bonus points in 11 of his 20 wins during the 2017-18 campaign.
• In his lone bout of the day due to a Penn forfeit, Geo Barzona (125) downed Columbia's Spencer Good, 6-2, to score his first dual victory. D.J. Hollingshead (165), Nick Stephani (174) and Drew Phipps (184) went 1-1 against Penn and Columbia, with Hollingshead and Phipps securing bonus points in their wins.
• Well on his way to becoming the 10th Bison to reach the 100-win plateau, Smith is now 98-34 in his collegiate career. He ranks 10th in Bucknell history in career wins and 11th in career winning percentage (.742).
• Smith, who is a perfect 12-0 in dual action, leads the team with 20 wins. He is also riding a 10-bout winning streak and boasts team-best totals in victories by major decision (6) and technical fall (3).
• Matthew Kolonia (141/149) leads Bucknell with five pins; he, Phipps and Smith are the only Bison who have won by fall, technical fall and major decision during the 2017-18 campaign.
• Twenty one different Bison have started in dual competition this season. Of that group, only Smith (141), Seth Hogue (149), Stephani (174) and Phipps (184/197) have started during all but one match to date.
• Tyler Smith checks in at No. 15, 12 and 16 respectively in the most recent Intermat, The Open Mat and FloWrestling rankings.
• Smith and Garrett Hoffman appeared in the first of four NCAA Coaches' Panel Rankings. Smith, a three-time NCAA qualifier, was slotted 13th in the 141-pound weight class. Hoffman, who earned an at-large bid to compete at the 2017 national tournament, was ranked 30th at 197 pounds.
Smith's Win Streak in Duals Reaches 22
• Tyler Smith has now won 22-straight dual bouts dating back to Jan. 14, 2017. He is 12-0 in 2017-18 and closed out the 2016-17 campaign on a 10-bout winning streak in dual competition.
• Smith last fell in a dual on Jan. 13, 2017 to Virginia's George DiCamillo, who was ranked seventh by Intermat at the time.
• Over the course of his winning streak, Smith racked up bonus points in 15 bouts, winning four by fall, four by technical fall and seven by major decision. Three of his victories came against ranked opponents: a 14-10 sudden victory decision over No. 16 Logan Everett of Army West Point (Feb. 12, 2017), an 11-2 major decision over No. 19 Russell Rohlfing of CSU Bakersfield (Nov. 5, 2017) and a 5-2 decision over No. 16 Nick Zanetta of Pitt (Dec. 17, 2017).
Franklin & Marshall at a Glance
• The Diplomats are currently 1-10 (0-7 EIWA) on the season. They were downed at Penn, 31-16, in their most recent dual on Jan. 27.
• While Franklin & Marshall leads the all-time series, 21-15-1, Bucknell has won nine of the past 11 meetings dating back to 2000.
• In their most recent dual on Jan. 10, 2017, the Bison routed the Diplomats, 33-6. Five of Bucknell's nine victories netted bonus points, with Tom Sleigh (197) pinning his opponent and D.J. Hollingshead (165) and Garrett Hoffman (184) recording technical falls.
• Franklin & Marshall was the very first team Bucknell faced. The Bison opened their first varsity season on Jan. 15, 1947 with a 26-8 loss to the Diplomats.
American at a Glance
• The Eagles are currently 4-5 (1-2 EIWA) on the season. They last were defeated, 27-10, by Old Dominion on Jan. 21.
• Americans's ranked wrestlers are Josh Terao (133), Michael Sprague (149) and Jeric Kasunic (197). Terao was slotted as high as sixth (The Open Mat), Sprague as high as 17th (The Open Mat and FloWrestling) and Kasunic as high as 11th (The Open Mat).
• Bucknell leads the all-time series with American, 21-4-1, and has won the past four duals.
• The Bison and Eagles last squared off on Feb. 3, 2017. Bucknell rolled to a 29-4 victory, with Tyler Smith (141) and Tom Sleigh (197) winning by major decision and Joey Gould (133) knocking off No. 20 Esteban Gomez-Rivera by a 2-0 decision thanks to a third-period escape and bonus point for riding time.
A Look Ahead
• The Bison wrap up EIWA action by hosting Army West Point on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. in Davis Gym.