CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Drew Phipps, Tom Sleigh and Tyler Greene won three consecutive bouts to conclude the match and help Bucknell overcome a late 16-12 deficit to defeat Harvard 24-16 Saturday afternoon. It was the second straight win for the Bison, who improved to 4-4, 2-1 EIWA on the year. The Crimson fell to 1-4, 1-1 EIWA.
Bucknell trailed 16-12 entering the 184-pound bout and Phipps, a freshman, came through with a 3-2 decision. It was his 12th victory of the year and brought the Bison to within one at 16-15.
Sleigh followed with his 11th consecutive victory by pinning Rico Stormer at 197. That gave Bucknell the lead for good.
Entering the final bout of the day, the Bison held a 21-16 advantage, meaning Harvard could still tie the score with a win by tech fall or claim the victory with a fall. Tyler Greene left nothing to chance as he defeated Harvard’s Nick Gajdzik by a 6-4 score, clinching the outcome. It was Greene’s fourth win in his last six bouts.
Bonus points were key for the Bison, who won six of the 10 bouts in the match. Freshman Jordan Gessner got the match started with an 11-3 major decision at 125, while Victor Lopez posted a 16-0 tech fall at 157 pounds.
Nationally ranked Tyler Smith rounded out the list of Bucknell winners with a 6-2 decision at 141. It was his eighth win in his last nine bouts.
Two of Harvard’s four victories were for bonus points as the Crimson earned a major decision at 133 and a fall at 149.
Bucknell will wrap up its weekend in New England with a Sunday match at noon at Brown. The Bears defeated Bloomsburg on Saturday and also wrestled Franklin & Marshall.
Bucknell 24, Harvard 16
125: Jordan Gessner (B) maj. dec. Conor Sakmar (H), 11-3.
133: Jeffrey Ott (H) maj. dec. Joey Gould (B), 16-7.
141: No. --/15/14 Tyler Smith (B) dec. Al Jaffe (H), 6-2.
149: Hunter Ladnier (H) pinned Seth Hogue (B).
157: No. 13/11/17 Victor Lopez (B) tech fall Colby Knight (H), 16-0.
165: Kyel Bierdumpfel (H) dec. Logan Kerin (B), 6-1.
174: Josef Johnson (H) dec. Chad Reese (B), 9-4.
184: Drew Phipps (B) dec. Kanon Dean (H), 3-2.
197: No. 16/12/17 Tom Sleigh (B) pinned Rico Stormer (H).
285: Tyler Greene (B) dec. Nick Gajdzik (H), 6-4.