Setting the Scene
What: American (3-6, 0-5 EIWA) at Bucknell (7-4, 4-1 EIWA)
When: Friday, Feb. 3 (7 p.m.)
Where: Sojka Pavilion (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Watch: Patriot League Network
Live Results: TrackWrestling.com

What: Sacred Heart (2-8, 0-4 EIWA) at Bucknell (7-4, 4-1 EIWA)
When: Saturday, Feb. 4 (12 p.m.)
Where: Sojka Pavilion (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Watch: Patriot League Network
Live Results: TrackWrestling.com

About the Bison
-- Bucknell enters this weekend on a season-best five-match winning streak. The Bison defeated Penn at home last Friday and then went on the road and posted a victory at Bloomsburg.

-- Bucknell’s five-match winning streak is its longest since it won 10 in a row in 2014-15.

-- Bucknell needs three wins in its last five dual matches to reach double figures in victories for a fourth consecutive year for the first time in program history.

-- Tyler Smith (141 pounds), Victor Lopez (157) and Tom Sleigh (197) remain in the national rankings this week.

-- Sleigh brings a 14-bout winning streak into the weekend, the longest by a Bison wrestler this year. He is a team-best 23-4 on the season and is tied for 16th on the program’s career victories list with 81. Sleigh is listed 13th in school history in career winning percentage (.717).

-- Lopez ranks ninth in program history in wins with a 98-49 career record.

-- This is the eighth all-time dual for Bucknell in Sojka Pavilion. The Bison have also wrestled Iowa (11/27/09), Rutgers (11/27/09), Nebraska (11/10/11), Oklahoma State (12/17/12), Lehigh (11/6/15), Oklahoma (1/15/16) and Franklin & Marshall (1/10/17). Sojka Pavilion also hosted the 2011 EIWA Championships and will host the 2017 EIWA Championships next month.

-- Bucknell has won its last three home matches and is 5-1 in its last six home duals.

Projected Bucknell Lineup
125: Jordan Gessner (11-12)
133: Joey Gould (8-10)
141: No. 19/13/13 Tyler Smith (20-6)
149: Seth Hogue (7-14)
157: No. 14/15/18 Victor Lopez (18-5)
165: Collin Boylan (6-5) / Joey Krulock (2-5)
174: D.J. Hollingshead (17-12) / Chad Reese (3-8)
184: Garrett Hoffman (14-11) / Drew Phipps (13-10)
197: No. 16/10/12 Tom Sleigh (23-4)
285: Tyler Greene (13-8)
Note: 2016-17 record in parentheses; Rankings are Intermat/The Open Mat/FloWrestling

Projected American Lineup
125: No. 14/11/13 Josh Terao
133: No. 20/17/-- Esteban Gomez-Rivera
141: Jack Mutchnik
149: Michael Sprague
157: Cole Moseley
165: Michael Eckhart
174: Joe Salvi
184: Jason Grimes
197: Jeric Kasunic
285: Brett Dempsey

Projected Sacred Heart Lineup
125: Forfeit
133: Gerard Daly
141: Paul Klee / Brandon Levesque
149: Alex Harnsberger
157: Casey Mitchell
165: Matt Fisher
174: Dom Celli
184: Elliott Antler
197: Mark Boyle
285: John Hartnett

 About American
-- American is 3-6 overall and 0-5 against EIWA opponents this year.
-- The Eagles have lost five consecutive duals.
-- American is strongest at the lighter weight classes with 125-pounder Josh Terao and 133-pounder Esteban Gomez-Rivera appearing in the national rankings.

Series History vs. American
-- Bucknell leads the all-time series 20-4-1 and has won the last three meetings.
-- American won three consecutive meetings from 2011 to 2013.
-- This is the first time Bucknell and American have wrestled in Lewisburg since January 2014.
Dec. 11, 1965 - Bucknell 34, American 8 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Dec. 10, 1966 - Bucknell 26, American 11 (Washington, D.C.)
Dec. 8, 1967 - Bucknell 30, American 3 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Dec. 6, 1968 - Bucknell 34, American 8 (Washington, D.C.)
Feb. 16, 1970 - Bucknell 36, American 4 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Dec. 12, 1970 - Bucknell 35, American 3 (Washington, D.C.)
Dec. 11, 1971 - Bucknell 40, American 5 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Dec. 9, 1972 - Bucknell 24, American 12 (Washington, D.C.)
Dec. 8, 1973 - Bucknell 35, American 11 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Dec. 4, 1974 - Bucknell 34, American 3 (Washington, D.C.)
Feb. 14, 1981 - Bucknell 36, American 6 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Jan. 30, 1982 - Bucknell 43, American 2 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Jan. 29, 1983 - American 21, Bucknell 20 (Easton, Pa.)
Jan. 14, 1984 - Bucknell 24, American 15 (Washington, D.C.)
Dec. 20, 1998 - Bucknell 33, American 18 (Clarion, Pa.)
Jan. 29, 2000 - Bucknell 24, American 23 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Feb. 24, 2002 - Bucknell 26, American 26 (Washington, D.C.)
Feb. 17, 2008 - Bucknell 30, American 14 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Feb. 15, 2009 - Bucknell 19, American 17 (Washington, D.C.)
Feb. 20, 2010 - Bucknell 23, American 16 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Feb. 20, 2011 – American 25, Bucknell 14 (Washington, D.C.)
Feb. 5, 2012 – American 23, Bucknell 13 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Feb. 16, 2013 – American 21, Bucknell 17 (Washington, D.C.)
Jan. 31, 2014 – Bucknell 21, American 18 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Feb. 7, 2015 – Bucknell 27, American 9 (Washington, D.C.)
Feb. 13, 2016 – Bucknell 24, American 16 (Washington, D.C.)

About Sacred Heart
-- Sacred Heart is 2-8 on the year and 0-4 against EIWA competition.
-- The Pioneers open their weekend with a match at Lock Haven on Friday evening.
-- Sacred Heart has lost six straight duals since defeating Davidson on Dec. 3.
-- Sacred Heart is coached by Andy Lausier, a former Nelligan Sports Marketing staff member who was stationed within the Bucknell Department of Athletics and Recreation.

Series History vs. Sacred Heart
-- Bucknell has won all five matches in the series.
-- The average score of a Bucknell-Sacred Heart match is 37.2-6.6.
-- This is the fourth consecutive season Bucknell and Sacred Heart have met.
Jan. 20, 2001 – Bucknell 24, Sacred Heart 21 (Providence, R.I.)
Dec. 17, 2011 – Bucknell 51, Sacred Heart 0 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Feb. 9, 2014 – Bucknell 36, Sacred Heart 6 (Fairfield, Conn.)
Jan. 17, 2015 – Bucknell 36, Sacred Heart 6 (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Feb. 7, 2016 – Bucknell 39, Sacred Heart 0 (Fairfield, Conn.)

Up Next
Bucknell concludes its three-match homestand next Friday, Feb. 10, with a 7 p.m. match vs. EIWA foe Binghamton in Davis Gym.