Setting the Scene
What: Bucknell (0-1, 0-0 EIWA) vs. No. 12 Lehigh (0-0, 0-0 EIWA)
When: Friday, Nov. 11 (7 p.m.)
Where: Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall (Bethlehem, Pa.)
Watch: Patriot League Network

About the Bison
- Bucknell lost to No. 1 Oklahoma State 36-3 in its season-opening match last Sunday in Miami, Oklahoma. The Cowboys had seven nationally ranked wrestlers in their lineup.

- Bucknell is coming off its first match against a No. 1 opponent since hosting No. 1 Iowa in 2009.

- Victor Lopez earned the only victory against the Cowboys, registering a 7-5 decision at 157 pounds. It was the 81st victory of Lopez’s career, tying him for 15th on the program’s all-time career wins list.

- Four freshmen – Jordan Gessner, Joey Gould, Seth Hogue, and Garrett Hoffman – were featured against Oklahoma State, receiving their first starts at the collegiate level.

- Three returning EIWA Placewinners – Lopez, Tom Sleigh, and Tyler Greene – competed at new weight classes.

- A number of Bison wrestlers also competed at the Clarion Open last weekend.

- Bucknell was 12-6 overall and 6-3 against EIWA opponents last year.

- The Bison posted their third consecutive double-figure victory season for the first time in program history.

- Bucknell equaled the best-ever finish in program history at the EWIA Championships (3rd) in 2016.

- Bucknell had six EIWA placewinners last year and three of them – Victor Lopez, Tom Sleigh, Tyler Greene – return to the lineup this year.

- Bucknell had a program-record-tying six NCAA qualifiers last year and three of them – Victor Lopez, Tyler Smith, Tom Sleigh – return to the lineup this year.

- Bucknell has had at least three EIWA placewinners in 10 straight years.

- Bucknell has faced 51 nationally ranked opponents over the last 10 years.

- Bucknell has had 34 national qualifiers since the program was reinstated in 2006-07.

- Bucknell has had 49 EIWA placewinners since the program was reinstated in 2006-07.

- Dan Wirnsberger entered the season ranked second on Bucknell’s all-time wins list for coaches with 98.

Projected Bucknell Lineup
125: Jordan Gessner (0-1)
133: Joey Gould (0-1)
141: No. 20 Tyler Smith (0-1)
149: Seth Hogue (0-1)
157: Victor Lopez (1-0)
165: Logan Kerin (0-1)
174: Chad Reese (0-1)
184: Garret Hoffman (0-1)
197: No. 15 Tom Sleigh (0-1)
285: Tyler Greene (0-1)
Note: 2016-17 record in parentheses; Rankings are Intermat.

Projected Lehigh Lineup
125: No. 6 Darian Cruz (31-7)
133: No. 19 Scott Parker (20-6)
141: No. 19 Randy Cruz (26-10) or Ryan Pomrinca (14-7)
149: No. 15 Laike Gardner (22-11)
157: Jordan Kutler (10-3)
165: Drew Longo (12-9) or Gordon Wolf (14-10) or Cole Walter (20-5)
174: No. 19 Ryan Preisch (17-10)
184: Andrew Price (11-9) or Kyle Gentile (--)
197: Ben Haas (12-4)
285: No. 17 Doug Vollaro (11-2)
Note: 2015-16 record in parentheses; Rankings are Intermat.

 About Lehigh
- The Mountain Hawks are ranked 12th nationally in the USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll.
- Lehigh finished 13-3 last year and 7-0 against EIWA opponents. It finished second at the EIWA Tournament and 14th at the NCAA Championships.
- Lehigh had three All-Americans and eight previous NCAA qualifiers on last year’s squad.
- Three Lehigh freshmen – Ryan Pomrinca, Gordon Wolf and Jordan Wood – claimed titles for Lehigh at last week’s East Stroudsberg Open.

Series History
- Lehigh leads the all-time series 10-1. The series first began in 1974.
- Bucknell and Lehigh have met in seven of the past nine seasons.
- The Bison defeated the Mountain Hawks during the 2013-2014 season, an 18-17 triumph over the No. 22 Lehigh squad.
Feb. 5, 1974: Lehigh 39, Bucknell 0 (Bethlehem, Pa.)
Jan. 22, 1975: Lehigh 33, Bucknell 7 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Jan. 21, 1976: Lehigh 31, Bucknell 10 (Bethlehem, Pa.)
Nov. 20, 1998: Lehigh 37, Bucknell 6 (Bethlehem, Pa.)
Jan. 11, 2008: Lehigh 16, Bucknell 15 (Hampton, Va.)
Feb. 6, 2009: No. 7 Lehigh 28, Bucknell 12 (Bethlehem, Pa.)
Dec. 3, 2010: No. 15 Lehigh 25, Bucknell 9 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Jan. 21, 2012: No. 13 Lehigh 25, Bucknell 15 (Bethlehem, Pa.)
Feb. 2, 2013: Lehigh 31, Bucknell 9 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Nov. 9, 2013: Bucknell 18, No. 22 Lehigh 17 (Bethlehem, Pa.)
Nov. 6, 2015: No. 7 Lehigh 23, Bucknell 12 (Lewisburg, Pa.)

Up Next
Bucknell will participate at the Navy Classic in Annapolis, Maryland, on Nov. 19. The Bison earned 71.5 points at the tournament last season, finishing in seventh place out of 10 teams.