ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Bucknell wrestling team was defeated by Navy, 26-10, in their first meeting since 2009 on Sunday at Wesley Brown Field House.

Despite victories by Tyler Smith, Drew Phipps and Garrett Hoffman, the Bison (1-5, 0-2 EIWA) couldn't hand the Midshipmen (4-0, 2-0 EIWA) their first loss of the 2017-18 campaign.

Smith moved to 13-3 on the season with his 4-1 victory over Nicholas Gil. Smith used a first-period takedown, a second-period escape and a 2:19 advantage in riding time to remain undefeated in dual meets at 5-0.

Phipps tied Smith for the team lead with four wins by major decision on the strength of his 14-2 victory over Connor Doyle. Phipps, who only ceded a pair of escapes and held a 2:50 edge in riding time, posted a four-point near fall, a two-point near fall and two takedowns during the bout. With its result, he moved to 5-1 in his past six matches. 

Hoffman stretched his winning streak to five bouts by blanking Joshua Roetman, 3-0. Hoffman used a third-period reversal and 2:51 advantage in riding time to slip past Roetman.

In his first dual appearance at heavy weight, Brandon Stokes fell, 6-5, to Austin Faunce. After Stokes scored a takedown with three seconds remaining to tie the bout at 5-5, Faunce escaped with one second left on the clock to pull out the win.

Geo Barzona (125), D.J. Hollingshead (165) and Nick Stephani (174) were also edged by three or fewer points. Like Stokes, Barzona made his first dual appearance against the Midshipmen.

The Bison return to action when they compete at the Virginia Duals on Jan. 12-13. The brackets will be announced early this week.

125: Aslan Kilic (Navy) dec. over Geo Barzona (BU) 6-3
133: Cody Trybus (Navy) dec. over David Campbell (BU) 6-2
141: #13/11/13 Tyler Smith (BU) dec. over #-/14/- Nicholas Gil (Navy) 4-1
149: Corey Wilding (Navy) tech fall over Seth Hogue (BU) 21-6
157: Zack Davis (Navy) fall over Christian Bassolino (BU) 2:31
165: Drew Daniels (Navy) dec. over D.J. Hollingshead (BU) 4-1
174: A.J. Alford (Navy) dec. over Nick Stephani (BU) 3-1
184: Drew Phipps (BU) maj. dec. over Connor Doyle (Navy) 14-2
197: Garrett Hoffman (BU) dec. over Joshua Roetman (Navy) 3-0
285: Austin Faunce (Navy) dec. over Brandon Stokes (BU) 6-5 

Note: Rankings are Intermat/The Open Mat/FloWrestling