Bucknell Wrestling BIO
Career: Four-time NCAA qualifier (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) ... three-time EIWA placewinner (2nd in 2018, 3rd in 2015, 4th in 2017) ... one-year captain ... graduated ninth in career wins (107) and 11th in career winning percentage (.743) ... also tied for eighth in single-season dual wins (16, 2017-18), tied for 11th in single-season wins (31, 2016-17) and 12th in single-season winning percentage (.829, 2017-18).
2017-18 (Senior): NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds after earning an automatic bid with a runner-up finish at the EIWA Championships ... entered the NCAA Championships as the 12th seed ... fifth Bison to qualify for the NCAA Championships during all four years of collegiate career ... went 2-2 at the NCAA Championships with victories over Brent Moore (Virginia Tech), the 2018 ACC Champion, and Kevin Jack (NC State), a two-time All-American and the fifth seed ... became first Bison to advance to the quarterfinals since 2011 by scoring a low, single-leg takedown 31 seconds into sudden victory overtime to edge Jack by a 6-4 decision ... missed earning All-American laurels by one win after falling to fourth-seeded Joey McKenna (Ohio State) in the quarterfinals and eighth-seeded Nick Lee (Penn State) in the blood round ... Bucknell's seventh EIWA runner-up ... went 3-1 at the EIWA Championships, with one pin, one technical fall and a 5-2 decision over No. 18 Luke Karam (Lehigh) in the semifinals ... fell in the championship bout to No. 3 Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell) ... finished season with a 29-6 record ... went 16-0 in duals, including a 9-0 mark against EIWA opponents ... first Bison since 2009-10 to go undefeated in dual competition (minimum five starts) ... 11th undefeated dual season in school history ... 16 dual victories is tied for eighth ... concluded collegiate dual career on a 26-bout winning streak ... over the course of that streak, which began on Jan. 14, 2017, racked up bonus points in 18 bouts, winning four by fall, four by technical fall and 10 by major decision ... became 10th Bison to reach the 100-win plateau at American (Feb. 4) ... edged Jack Mutchnik by a 4-0 decision to reach the milestone ... placed third at the Midland Championships (Dec. 29-30), posting a 5-1 record ... four of his victories came over wrestlers from ranked teams, including two from No. 7 Iowa ... became 11th Bison to register his 90th career victory with a 10-4 decision over Nate Limmex (Purdue) in the third-place bout ... was recognized as the Bison Athlete of the Week (Jan. 1) following that performance ... took fourth at the Navy Classic (Nov. 18) ... named the Bison Leader of the Month in February ... went 5-4 against nationally ranked wrestlers, with victories over No. 19 Russell Rohlfling (CSU Bakersfield), No. 16 Nick Zanetta (Pitt), No. 18 Luke Karam (Lehigh), No. 18 Brent Moore (Virginia Tech) and No. 6 Kevin Jack (NC State) ... opened season with a six-bout winning streak ... strung together a 17-bout winning streak from Dec. 30 at the Midland Championships to March 4 at the EIWA Championships ... led the Bison in overall wins, dual wins, EIWA dual wins, wins by technical fall (4) and wins by major decision (9) ... also pinned three opponents.
2016-17 (Junior): Team captain ... NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds after earning an automatic bid with a fourth-place finish at the EIWA Championships ... missed All-America status by one win, going 3-2 at the NCAA Championships with victories over Russell Rohlfling (CSU Bakersfield), Brock Zacherl (Clarion) and Johnathan Hathaway (Oregon State) ... went 3-2 at the EIWA Championships ... finished 31-10 with six pins, three technical falls and five major decisions while wrestling at 141 pounds ... win total was tied for the 11th highest in program history ... went 13-3 in duals, including a 9-1 record in EIWA duals ... won the Navy Classic with a 4-0 record, including an 8-1 decision over No. 16 Jared Prince (Navy) in the championship match ... went 5-1 and placed fifth at the Cleveland State Open ... went 5-7 against nationally ranked opponents ... had a 12-match winning streak, including 10-straight to close the regular season ... named the team's Most Outstanding Wrestler.
2015-16 (Sophomore): Posted a 23-13 record while wrestling at 141 pounds ... combined 7-0 in matches decided by major decision and technical fall ... 12-4 in dual matches, including 7-2 in EIWA duals ... posted 1-2 record at EIWA Championships ... earned an at-large berth to NCAA Championships ... 1-2 record at NCAAs ... finished in sixth at the Cliff Keen Invitational and in seventh at the Michigan State Open ... posted an eight-match winning streak that stretched from January to March ... three wins over nationally ranked opponents ... earned a team Big Win Award for win over Franklin & Marshall's Rick Durso in a November dual.
2014-15 (Freshman): NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds after earning an automatic bid with a third-place finish at the EIWA Championships ... Bucknell's first 141-pound NCAA qualifier ... entered EIWAs as the No. 5 seed in the 141-pound bracket ... posted 5-1 record at EIWAs with two victories over seeded foes ... 0-2 record at NCAAs, falling to opponents from Old Dominion and Illinois ... posted 24-8 overall record, including 13-3 in duals ... 7-1 in EIWA duals ... went 11-1 in last 12 bouts entering NCAA Championships ... 11-5 in tournament competition ... did not lose back-to-back bouts after Jan. 9 until the NCAA Championships ... 12-2 in bonus-point matches ... named Bison Athlete of the Week (March 9) after third-place finish at EIWA Championships ... earned team Big Win Award for victory over Hofstra's second-seeded Jamel Hudson at EIWAs ... shared team's Freshman of the Year Award with Tom Sleigh.
Before Bucknell: 158-21 career record at Franklin Regional Senior High School ... three-time state placewinner ... won state title as a junior in 2013 ... also finished third (2014) and fifth (2012) ... helped team win state title in 2014 and place third in 2013 ... three-year team captain ... 2013 Freestyle All-American ... 2014 Dapper Dan participant ... voted Outstanding Wrestler at Dapper Dan ... USA Wrestling "Dream Team" selection ... All-USA First Team in 2014 ... Powerade champion in 2013 and runner-up in 2012 ... four-time WPIAL runner-up ... four-time section champion ... three-time Westmoreland County Tournament champion.
Personal: Tyler Anthony Smith … born Aug. 3, 1995 in Pittsburgh, Penn. … son of Todd and Mary Beth Smith … has six siblings, Brett, Brooke, Brandon, Brandan, Chase and Miranda ... majoring in political science.
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