LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell wrestling team kicked off its 2016-17 season Thursday with its intrasquad match in Davis Gym. No team scores were kept and there were plenty of competitive bouts with five matches decided by three points or less.

“We want to keep our guys healthy, but we want to see them in action with the lights on as well,” commented Bucknell head coach Dan Wirnsberger following the match. “It is good for them to perform in front of fans and we especially want to see how they will perform under pressure with the No. 1 team in the country on the schedule in 10 days.”

Bucknell officially opens its regular-season schedule Nov. 6 at Oklahoma State. The Bison will wrestle at home for the first time on Jan. 10 when they host Franklin & Marshall.

Intrasquad Matchups
Match 1: Joey Gould pinned Zach Firestone, 6:02.
Match 2: Brian Lapham dec. Brandon Stokes, 4-3.
Match 3: Tyler Smith pinned Kyle Greene, 4:14.
Match 4: Collin Boylan dec. Seth Hogue, 8-5.
Match 5: Victor Lopez dec. Zach Kelly, 2-0.
Match 6: Nick Stephani dec. Chad Reese, 3-1.
Match 7: Garrett Hoffman pinned Kyle Inlander, 6:59.
Match 8: Tom Sleigh dec. Tyler Greene, 4-1.
Match 9: Drew Phipps pinned Rory Bonner, 6:52.
Match 10: Joey Gould dec. Ben Bliss, 5-2 (tb1)
Match 11: D.J. Hollingshead dec. Brian Lapham, 8-3.