PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tom Sleigh and Tyler Greene closed out the match with back-to-back victories and Bucknell totaled seven individual wins overall as the Bison wrestling team completed a 2-0 weekend with a 25-15 victory at Brown on Sunday afternoon. Bucknell, which defeated Harvard on Saturday, improved to 5-4 overall this season and 3-1 against EIWA opponents. The Bears fell to 3-3, 1-1 EIWA.
Bucknell had three wins for bonus points as it was able to overcome a pair of six-point victories by Brown. The Bison held a four-point lead at 19-15 before Sleigh and Greene closed out the match with a pair of decisions at 197 and 285, respectively.
The Bison opened an early 11-0 lead with the three wins by a combined 29-6 score. Freshman Jordan Gessner got things started with an 11-4 decision at 125 pounds, giving him a pair of wins this weekend by a combined 22-7 score.
Fellow rookie Joey Gould followed with an 8-0 shutout at 133 pounds, while nationally ranked Tyler Smith posted a major decision of his own at 141, defeating Ezekiel Salvo 10-2. It was Smith’s third consecutive win and ninth victory in his last 10 bouts. He is now 10-0 in bouts decided by major decision the last two years.
Brown then won two of the next three bouts, claiming six points in each. The Bears recorded a fall at 149 and Bucknell’s Logan Kerin lost by injury default at 165. In between those two, Bison Victor Lopez posted another dominating performance at 157 pounds. He defeated William McDonald by a 15-0 score in 5:27, following his 16-0 tech fall Saturday at Harvard. Lopez’s last three victories have come by shutout.
An overtime victory by D.J. Hollingshead at 174 gave Bucknell a 19-12 lead, but Christian LaFragola defeated Drew Phipps 4-3 at 184 thanks to the riding time point, narrowing the Bison advantage to 19-15.
Sleigh and Greene then closed out the match with a pair of decisions by a combined 14-4 score to clinch the win for Bucknell. Sleigh has now won 12 consecutive bouts and leads the team with 21 victories this season.
Bucknell will now wrestle five of its last seven duals at home starting Friday, Jan. 27, with a 7 p.m. match against Penn in Davis Gym.
Bucknell 25, Brown 15
125: Jordan Gessner (Bu) dec. Donald Keeley (Br), 11-4.
133: Joey Gould (Bu) maj. dec. James Pawelski (Br), 8-0.
141: No. --/15/14 Tyler Smith (Bu) maj. dec. Exekiel Salvo (Br), 10-2.
149: Travis Vasquez (Br) pinned Seth Hogue (Bu), 2:07.
157: No. 13/11/17 Victor Lopez (Bu) tech fall William McDonald (Br), 15-0 (5:27).
165: Jonathan Viruet (Br) inj. def. Logan Kerin (Bu), 2:42.
174: D.J. Hollingshead (Bu ) dec. Andrew LaBrie (Br), 3-1 (sv1).
184: Christian LaFragola (Br) dec. Drew Phipps (Bu), 4-3.
197: No. 16/12/17 Tom Sleigh (Bu) dec. Tucker Ziegler (Br), 7-1.
285: Tyler Greene (Bu) dec. Ian Butterbrodt (Br), 7-3.