BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – Nationally ranked Bison Tyler Smith and Victor Lopez won by fall, Tom Sleigh earned a win by forfeit at 197 and five other Bucknell wrestlers posted wins by decision as the Bison defeated Bloomsburg by a 33-6 margin Sunday afternoon at Nelson Field House. It was the fifth consecutive victory for Bucknell, which improved to 7-4 on the season. The Huskies fell to 4-14 on the season.
The 27-point margin of victory matched the largest of the season for Bucknell. First-period pins by Smith at 141 pounds and Lopez at 157 pounds led the way. Smith took over the team lead with his fourth win by fall this season, while Lopez posted his third pin. Lopez is now just two victories shy of 100 in his career.
Bucknell’s five wins by decision were close as two went to overtime and three were decided by one point.
Jordan Gessner got the match started at 125 with his season-best fourth consecutive win, defeating Willy Girard 8-6 in sudden victory. It was the first overtime match of the year for Gessner, who got a takedown in the extra time.
Joey Gould followed with a 3-2 decision at 133. It was his third straight victory and his fourth dual win of the year.
Smith’s victory made the team score 12-0, and Lopez made it 18-3 with his pin.
Wrestling in his first dual match of the year, Collin Boylan posted a 4-0 shutout at 165 pounds. It was the largest margin of victory in a decision by a Bison wrestler all day.
The next Bucknell win came at 184 pounds with Drew Phipps posting a 2-1 decision in the first tiebreaker.
After Sleigh’s forfeit victory, Tyler Greene closed out the match with a 3-2 decision. Greene has been hot of late, winning four consecutive bouts, and six of his last seven overall.
Bucknell, which is in the midst of its longest winning streak since 2014-15, will wrestle its next three duals at home starting with Friday’s 7 p.m. match against American in Sojka Pavilion.
Bucknell 33, Bloomsburg 6
125: Jordan Gessner (Buck) dec. Willy Girard (Bloom), 8-6 (sv1).
133: Joey Gould (Buck) dec. Matt Noble (Bloom), 3-2.
141: No. 19/15/14 Tyler Smith (Buck) pinned Grant Bond (Bloom), 2:52.
149: John Barber (Bloom) dec. David Kelly (Buck), 6-3.
157: No. 11/10/17 Victor Lopez (Buck) pinned Kevin Laubach (Bloom), 1:34.
165: Collin Boylan (Buck) dec. Reid Stanley (Bloom), 4-0.
174: Trevor Allard (Bloom) dec. D.J. Hollingshead (Buck), 11-6.
184: Drew Phipps (Buck) dec. Kyle Murphy (Bloom), 2-1 (tb1).
197: No. 16/11/17 Tom Sleigh (Buck) wins by forfeit
285: Tyler Greene (Buck) dec. Bruce Graeber (Bloom), 3-2.