Nov. 30, 2012
About the Hoosier Duals
Bucknell will join host Indiana, Gardner-Webb and Southern Illinois Edwardsville (SIUE) at Saturday’s Hoosier Duals. The four-team, round-robin event begins at 9 a.m. at Indiana’s University Gym. Saturday’s competition will mark the first duals of the year for the Bison. Indiana (2-2), Gardner-Webb (2-1) and SIUE (1-2) have each wrestled at least three duals this season.
Hoosier Duals Schedule
Round 1 (9 a.m.):
Bucknell vs. Gardner-Webb; Indiana vs. SIUE
Round 2 (approx. 11 a.m.):
Bucknell vs. Indiana; Gardner-Webb vs. SIUE
Round 3 (approx. 1 p.m.):
Bucknell vs. SIUE; Indiana vs. Gardner-Webb
Bucknell vs. Hoosier Duals Opponents
Bucknell has only one all-time dual result against its three Saturday opponents and that was a 44-3 loss to then-No. 18 Indiana in 2006-07. The Bison have never faced Gardner-Webb or SIUE.
Bucknell wrestlers have combined for a 77-77 individual record already this year. A number of Bison have wrestled unattached in a handful of November tournaments. Bucknell grapplers have competed at the Clarion Open, Michigan State Open and Mat Town Open, in addition to the scheduled Navy Classic.
Bucknell’s Tournament Placewinners
Clarion Open: no placewinners
Michigan State Open: Paul Petrov (3rd at 133), Vincent Favia (3rd at 157), Corey Lear (4th at 165)
Navy Classic: Paul Petrov (2nd at 133), Corey Lear (3rd at 165), Tyler Lyster (3rd at 197)
Lock Haven Mat Town Open: Derrik Russell (3rd at 141), Adam Healey (4th at 149), Corey Lear (1st at 165), Stephen McPeek (2nd at 174), Jamie Westwood (5th at 174), Robert Marchese (6th at 184), Tyler Lyster (2nd at 197), Joe Stolfi (5th at 285)
Bucknell has five team captains this year: senior Jack Ingram, senior Corey Lear, sophomore Tyler Lyster, sophomore Austin Miller and senior Derrik Russell.
Lear Nears Record Book
Senior 165-pound captain Corey Lear is a team-best 11-3 this season and is now 73-38 in his four-year career. He is just 14 wins shy of tying former teammate Brantley Hooks for 10th place on the program’s wins list. Hooks was 87-67 during his time as a Bison. Lear has posted double figures in victories in four consecutive years.
Wirnsberger Second on Wins List
Eighth-year Bucknell head coach Dan Wirnsberger owns a 55-62-2 record during his time as the frontman for the Bison. He is second on the program’s all-time wins list, trailing only longtime coach Bob Ferraro, who accumulated 169 wins from 1974 to 1997.
Seventh Season Since Reinstatement
Bucknell is in the midst of its seventh season of competition since the program was reinstated prior to the 2006-07 campaign after four years of not fielding a team.
Bucknell will be idle for two weeks for final exams before embarking upon its two most exciting days of the regular season. The Bison will be part of the Grapple at the Garden on Dec. 16 when it faces 23-time national champion Iowa at 12:30 p.m. The 14-team event marks the first time college wrestling will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The very next night (Dec. 17), Bucknell will host 34-time national champion Oklahoma State in Sojka Pavilion. Tickets for that match can be purchased by calling the Bucknell Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000 or visiting www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice.