Bucknell Wrestling BIO
Career: Three-time NCAA qualifier (2015, 2016, 2017) ... three-time EIWA placewinner (2nd in 2017, 5th in 2015, 7th in 2016) ... two-time EIWA All-Academic ... owns 12th most wins in program history with a record of 89-36 ... one-year captain.
2017-18 (Senior): Injured during first dual and lost season to it ... named the Bison Leader of the Month in December.
2016-17 (Junior): Team captain ... NCAA qualifier at 197 pounds after earning an automic bid with a runner-up finish at the EIWA Championships ... went 0-2 at the NCAA Championships and 3-1 at the EIWA Championships ... went 31-7 during the season, all at 197 ...unbeaten in bonus-point matches, posting three pins, three tech. falls, and 11 major decisions ... was 15-1 in duals, including a perfect 10-0 in EIWA duals ... overall win total was the 11th most in program histoy and his dual win total was the 16th most in program history ... had a 22-match winning streak, including 19 straight to close the regular season ... won the Cleveland State Open with a 4-0 record ... went 4-1 and placed third at the Navy Classic ... finished seventh at the Cliff Keen Invitational with a 5-2 record ... wrestled four nationally-ranked wrestlers, including a 3-2 win over No. 15 Frank Mattiace (Penn) ... received the team's Leadership Award ... named to the EIWA All-Academic Team ... earned freestlye All-America honors during the offseason with a seventh-place finish at University Nationals.
2015-16 (Sophomore): 28-10 overall record, including 13-3 in duals ... seven tech falls and three major decisions ... placed seventh at 184 pounds at EIWA Championships ... earned second straight automatic berth the NCAA Championships ... posted 2-2 record at NCAAs ... tied for third on team by wrestling 38 bouts ... 16-1 during 17-match stretch from Dec. 19 to Feb. 13 ... 7-0 in bouts decided by tech fall to rank fifth nationally in wins by tech fall ... 26-2 against unranked opponents ... suffered consecutive losses only once ... faced 10 nationally ranked opponents ... finished in second place at Navy Classic ... won the Lock Haven Classic ... earned an EIWA All-Academic Award ... shared William A. Graham IV Most Outstanding Wrestler Award with Victor Lopez ... earned a team Big Win Award for victories against Kent State's Cole Baxter at the Lock Haven Classic and Penn State's Matt McCutcheon at NCAAs.
2014-15 (Freshman): 30-18 overall record ... became 12th different Bison to reach 30 wins in a season ... second on team in victories ... earned automatic berth to NCAA Championships thanks to fifth-place finish in 184-pound bracket at EIWA Championships ... posted 3-2 record at EIWAs ... 0-2 at NCAAs, falling to opponents from Oregon State and Iowa State ... wrestled a team-high 46 bouts, including all 19 duals ... one of four Bison to start all 19 duals ... wrestled exclusively at 184 pounds ... three separate winning streaks of at least five bouts ... 11-5 record in bonus-point matches ... placed second at December's Lock Haven Invitational ... wrestled in five regular-season tournaments ... won first three bouts of career at November's Clarion Open ... shared team's Freshman of the Year Award with classmate Tyler Smith.
Before Bucknell: Four-year wrestling letterwinner … also earned one letter in football … finished career ranked first in school history in wrestling single-season wins (43) and career victories (140) … four-time state qualifier … placed third in state at 170 pounds in 2013 … followed that with a third-place finish at 195 in 2014 … two-time Regional champion … twice named District Outstanding Wrestler … four-time District champion … three-time team captain … named Courier Express Outstanding Wrestler in 2012-13 … four-time TCS/C-E Wrestling All-Star … two-time champion at King of the Mountain … Flo National champion at 195 in 2014 … placed fifth at Flo Nationals at 170 in 2013 … fifth-place finisher in Super 32 at 182 pounds in 2013 … voted as Most Athletic by the senior class in 2014.
Personal: Thomas Gerard Sleigh … born Dec. 14, 1995 in DuBois, Pennsylvania … son of Jim and Kim Sleigh … has two brothers, Sean and Justin … Justin is a twin and plays baseball at Lock Haven … Sean is a former member of the baseball team at St. Bonaventure ... majoring in environmental studies.
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