ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Bucknell sophomore Drew Phipps went 4-1 on his way to a third-place finish at 184 pounds at the Navy Classic on Saturday. The Bison had three wrestlers place in the tournament, including a fourth-place showing by senior Tyler Smith at 141 and a sixth-place finish by junior D.J. Hollingshead at 165.
Phipps has had success at the Navy Classic during his two seasons at Bucknell, adding this year’s third-place finish to a runner-up performance at the event last season. He improved to 5-3 on the year.
Phipps won his first three matches Saturday to ensure himself at least a spot in the third-place bout. He opened the tournament with a 5-2 win over Ohio’s Hunter Yeargan, breaking a 2-2 tie with a takedown with nine seconds left in regulation before tacking on a point for riding time at the end. He followed that a 10-2 major decision after racking up four takedowns in a victory over Columbia’s Anthony Piscopo, and then hung on for a 4-2 win over Brown’s AJ Pedro in the quarterfinal round.
Following a loss to 2017 national qualifier Michael Coleman (Navy) in the semifinals, Phipps bounced back with a decisive 9-6 decision over Purdue freshman Max Lyon in the third-place match. Lyon is in his first season with the Boilermakers after winning two Iowa state titles in high school.
Smith, who was ranked 10th in the nation in the most recent Intermat poll, went 3-2 on the day, picking up victories in his first three matches to run his season-opening win streak to six. The senior opened with a 4-1 decision over Ohio’s Alec Hagan, and followed that with a 10-1 major decision over George Mason’s Tejon Anthony.
Smith’s best win of the day came in the quarterfinals, where he rolled to a 9-3 decision over American’s Kizhan Clarke, who won 32 matches during a redshirt season last year. Smith has placed at the Navy Classic in each of the past two seasons, including a title at 141 last year.
Hollingshead had an impressive run through the consolation bracket to pick up his sixth-place finish. Following a loss in his first match of the day, he responded with four straight wins over Columbia’s Laurence Kosoy, Kent State’s Isaac Bast, Navy’s Jonathan Carrera, and Old Dominion’s Ben Schram.
Hollingshead and Schram battled to a 1-1 tie through regulation, but the Bison junior was able to get the winning takedown with 21 seconds left in sudden victory. He improved to 4-4 on the season.
The Bison will have nearly two weeks off from competition, a much needed break before they return to action at the highly-competitive Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas on Dec. 1-2.
1. Navy, 112.5
2. Purdue, 100.5
3. Old Dominion, 98.5
4. Indiana, 81.5
5. Princeton, 74.5
6. American, 72.5
7. Ohio, 69
8. Campbell, 62.5
t9. Brown, 61.5
t9. Kent State, 61.5
11. Oregon State, 56.5
12. Columbia, 52
13. Bucknell, 46
t14. Hofstra 32.5
t14. George Mason, 32.5
16. The Citadel, 18
17. Delaware Valley, 8.5