LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell wrestling team will travel to two of the East Coast's biggest cities for a pair of EIWA duals on Saturday, Jan. 27.
After grappling with Penn at 12 p.m. in Philadelphia, the Bison will hit the turnpike to New York for a 7 p.m. dual at Columbia. Both duals will be streamed live on the Ivy League Network; Bucknell's dual at Penn will also be televised live on NBC Sports Philly+.
Bucknell (2-9, 1-3 EIWA) vs. Penn (5-3, 2-1 EIWA)
When: Saturday, Jan. 27 – 12 p.m.
Where: The Palestra – Philadelphia
Television: NBC Sports Philly+
Internet Video: Ivy League Network ($)
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Projected Bucknell Lineup
125: Geo Barzona (6-11)
133: David Campbell (2-14)
141: No. 14/12/15 Tyler Smith (18-3)
149: Seth Hogue (8-15)
157: Christian Bassolino (3-15) OR Andrew Millsap (0-6)
165: D.J. Hollingshead (13-9)
174: Nick Stephani (10-11) OR Frankie Guida, Jr. (13-13)
184: Drew Phipps (15-8)
197: Chad Reese (1-3)
285: Brandon Stokes (9-10)
Projected Penn Lineup
125: Daniel Planta (6-5)
133: Gianni Ghione (9-6) OR Tristin DeVincenzo (1-5)
141: Jake Lizak (9-9)
149: Joe Oliva (8-4)
157: Joe Velliquette (9-7) OR Jon Errico (7-6)
165: May Bethea (13-6)
174: Quinton Hiles (2-2) OR Brian Krasowski (3-8)
184: Joe Heyob (13-4)
197: No. 8/9/10 Frank Mattiace (18-3)
285: Tyler Hall (7-7) OR Patrik Garren (10-11)
Projected Columbia Lineup
125: Spencer Good (1-9)
133: Alec Kelly (4-8)
141: J.P. Ascolese (5-13) OR Val Miele (3-2)
149: Jacob Macalolooy (14-8)
157: No. 13/20/- Markus Scheidel (9-1)
165: Laurence Kosoy (8-10)
174: Tyrel White (15-8)
184: Andrew Psomas (8-12)
197: Michael Bulkin (5-11)
285: No. 17/14/14 Garrett Ryan (20-4)
Note: 2017-18 record in parentheses; rankings are Intermat/The Open Mat/FloWrestling
Bucknell at a Glance
• The Bison are currently 2-9 (1-3 EIWA) on the season.
• Bucknell most recently squared off against Harvard and Brown on Jan. 19 and 20. The Bison dispatched the Crimson, 21-10, but fell to the Bears, 18-13.
• Tyler Smith (141), D.J. Hollingshead (165), Nick Stephani (174) and Drew Phipps (184) went 2-0 over the weekend. Stephani, Phipps and David Campbell (133) scored one overtime victory.
• Phipps earned one of Bucknell's most impressive wins, upsetting No. 16 C.J. LaFragola of Brown in sudden victory overtime. Phipps, who entered the bout 0-5 against nationally ranked wrestlers in his career, scored a takedown with 21 seconds left in the sudden victory period of overtime to stun LaFragola, 6-4.
• Smith is now 96-34 in his collegiate career. He ranks 10th in Bucknell history in career wins and 11th in career winning percentage (.738). He is on pace to become the 10th Bison to reach the 100-win plateau.
• Smith, who is a perfect 10-0 in dual action, leads the team with 18 wins. He also boasts a team-best six victories by major decision.
• 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. 14, 12 and 15 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 20
• Tyler Smith has now won 20-straight dual bouts dating back to Jan. 14, 2017. He is 10-0 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 13 bouts, winning four by fall, two 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).
Phipps Honored as Bison Athlete of the Week
• Following his 2-0 weekend against Harvard and Brown, which included an upset of a nationally ranked wrestler, Drew Phipps captured his first career Bison Athlete of the Week award.
• Phipps is the third wrestler to be recognized as the Bison Athlete of the Week in 2017-18, joining Nick Stephani (Dec. 18) and Tyler Smith (Jan. 1).
Penn at a Glance
• The Quakers are currently 5-3 (2-1 EIWA) on the season. They most recently overcame a 12-0 deficit to edge Army West Point, 19-18, on Jan. 14; after Tyler Hall defeated Bobby Heald, 5-0, at heavyweight, Penn secured its comeback victory on criteria 3.15.3: total match points scored only from decisions, major decisions and technical falls.
• Penn's ranked wrestler is Frank Mattiace (197). He was slotted as high as eighth (Intermat).
• Penn leads the all-time series with Bucknell, 9-4.
• The Bison snapped a six-dual losing slide to the Quakers with a 22-13 victory in their most recent dual on Jan. 27, 2017. Bucknell won the final five bouts, with Tyler Smith (141) putting the exclamation mark on the strong team performance with a pin in the finale.
Columbia at a Glance
• The Lions are currently 2-8 (1-3 EIWA) on the season. They most recently fell to Drexel, 27-9, on Jan. 20.
• Columbia's ranked wrestlers are Markus Scheidel (157) and Garrett Ryan (285). Scheidel was ranked as high as 13th (Intermat) while Ryan was slotted as high as 14th (The Open Mat and FloWrestling).
• Bucknell leads the all-time series with Columbia, 8-3, and has won the past three duals.
• In the most recent dual on Feb. 17, 2017, the Bison dispatched the Lions, 23-14, to run their winning streak to 10, which is tied for the second-longest in program history. Bucknell took six of 10 bouts, with Tyler Smith (141) and Tom Sleigh (197) each registering bonus-point victories.
A Look Ahead
• The Bison continue their road swing at Franklin & Marshall (Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.) and American (Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.)