Bucknell Wrestling BIO
Career: Three-time NCAA qualifier (2015, 2016, 2017) ... two-time EIWA placewinner (3rd in 2015, fourth in 2017) ... one-year captain.
2016-17 Junior): Team captain ... NCAA qualifier at 141 pounds after earning an automic 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 wins 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 tech. falls, and five major decisions during the season, all at 141 ... win total was the 11th most 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 wrestling at 141 pounds ... combined 7-0 in matches decided by major decision and tech fall ... 12-4 in dual matches, including 7-2 in EIWA duals ... posted 1-2 record at EIWA Championships ... earned at-large berth to NCAA Championships ... 1-2 record at NCAAs ... finished in sixth place at Cliff Keen Invitational and in seventh place at Michigan State Open ... posted an eight-match winning streak that stretched from January to March ... three wins against nationally ranked opponents ... earned a team Big Win Award for win over Franklin & Marshall's Rick Durso in a November dual.
2014-15 (Freshman): Earned automatic berth to NCAA Championships based on third-place finish at 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 ... 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 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 classmate 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 to state title in 2014 and third place 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 Tourrnament champion.
Personal: Tyler Anthony Smith … born Aug. 3, 1995 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania … son of Todd and Mary Beth Smith … has six siblings, Brett, Brooke, Brandon, Brandan, Chase, Miranda ... majoring in political science.
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