LEWISBURG, Pa. – Drew Phipps was honored as the Bison Athlete of the Week after going 2-0 in the 184-pound weight class during the wrestling team's duals against Harvard and Brown on Jan. 19 and 20.
Against the Bears, Phipps upset No. 16 C.J. LaFragola in sudden victory overtime. The sophomore scored a takedown with 21 seconds left in the frame to stun LaFragola, 6-4, and earn his first collegiate win over a nationally ranked wrestler.
The day before, Phipps outlasted Kanon Dean, who entered the bout with a 17-9 record. With less than 30 seconds remaining in a hard-fought third period, Phipps recorded a takedown to break a 4-4 deadlock; though he ceded an escape, he managed to hold off Dean the rest of the way to win by a narrow 6-5 decision.
Phipps now stands second among Bison in both overall (15) and dual (6) wins. He has emerged victorious in seven of his past 10 bouts, taking two by major decision and one by technical fall.
Phipps is the third Bucknell wrestler to be selected as the Bison Athlete of the Week in 2017-18, joining Nick Stephani (Dec. 18) and Tyler Smith (Jan. 1). Stephani was honored for his role in the team's 20-16 victory over Pitt while Smith captured this award following his third-place finish at the prestigious Ken Kraft Midlands Championships.
Phipps and the Bison return to action on Saturday, Jan. 27 by traveling to Penn (12 p.m.) and Columbia (7 p.m.).