Friday, February 16, 2018

Huskies Wrap Up Regular Season at Bucknell Saturday Night

(Photo courtesy of Bloomsburg University Sports Information)
Wrestling
THE DETAILS
Bloomsburg (5-9, 2-4 EWL) at Bucknell (3-13, 2-7 EIWA)
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Sojka Pavilion | Lewisburg, Pa.

MATCH COVERAGE
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RELATED LINKS
Bloomsburg - Schedule | Roster | Statistics
Bucknell - Schedule | Roster | Statistics

STORYLINE
This is the regular season finale for both teams before their respective conference championships. The Huskies look to gather some momentum before the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Championships.

PROJECTED MATCHUPS
125 - Willy Girard (Williamstown, Pa/Williams Valley) vs. Mike Macklin
133 - Andy Schutz (Exeter, Pa./Wyoming Area) vs. David Campbell
141 - Shawn Orem (Pasadena, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) vs. #14/#17/#12 Tyler Smith
149 - Braden Stahlnecker (Hughesville, Pa./Hughesville) vs. Seth Hogue
157 - Kevin Laubach Jr. (Berwick, Pa./Berwick) vs. either Christian Bassolino or Andrew Millsap
165 - Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville) vs. D.J. Hollingshead
174 - Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) vs. either Nick Stephani or Frankie Guida, Jr.
184 - Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) vs. Drew Phipps
197 - Logan Womelsdorf (Benton, Pa./Northwest Area) vs. either Chad Reese or Kyle Inlander
285 - Bruce Graeber (Feasterville, Pa./Neshaminy) vs. Brandon Stokes

ALL-TIME SERIES
This will be the 17th all-time meeting between Bloomsburg and Bucknell. The Huskies lead the all-time series 12-3 along with one tie in the series.

LAST MEETING
Bucknell defeated Bloomsburg at the Nelson Field House last season on Jan. 29, 2018. Bucknell won the first three matches of the evening, two by decision and one by fall to take a 12-0 lead heading to the 149-pound bout. John Barber (Buford, Ga/Buford)got the Huskies on the board with a 6-3 decision, before Bucknell would pick up two more wins at 157 and 165. A win by fall at 157 and a win by decision at 165 stretched Bucknell's lead to 21-3, before Trevor Allard (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) earned an 11-6 decision at 174 pounds. Bucknell would close out the match with three straight wins with an overtime win at 184, a forfeit win at 197 and a decision at 285.

LAST TIME OUT
The Huskies fell to Binghamton 21-12 back on Sunday (Feb. 11) in non-conference action. Willy Girard (Williamstown, Pa/Williams Valley) began the match with a 16-9 decision over Joe Nelson at 125 pounds. After a takedown, being reversed, Girard secured another takedown and four back points to stretch his lead to 8-2, before he was reversed again for an 8-4 lead after one period. In the second, he stretched his lead to 11-4 with an escape and a takedown. Girard would score two more takedowns in the third and get one point with riding time to get the win by decision. Andy Schutz (Exeter, Pa./Wyoming Area) would put BU up 6-0 with a nail-biting 4-3 decision at 133 pounds over Jake Nicholson. After escaping from a Nicholson takedown, Schutz trailed 2-1 after one period. The only scoring in the second was an escape by Nicholson, to leave Schutz down 3-1 after two periods. Schutz began the period with another escape, before scoring a takedown in the final minute to get the come-from-behind win. Binghamton would clinch the match with a string of six straight wins that included four decisions, one major decision and one technical fall. Joe Russ defeated Shawn Orem (Pasadena, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) by decision 8-2 at 141 pounds, before Frank Garcia beat Braden Stahlnecker (Hughesville, Pa./Hughesville) by decision 9-3 at 149 pounds. Tristan Rifanburg defeated Kevin Laubach Jr.(Berwick, Pa./Berwick) by decision 5-2 at 157 pounds, before Vincent DePrez beat Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville) by 11-2 major decision at 165 pounds. Anthony Lombardo beat Kyle Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) in a close 3-2 decision at 174 pounds, before No. 13/14 Steven Schneider earned a 19-3 technical fall (3:00) win over Anthony Vetrano(Middletown, N.J./Middletown North). Bloomsburg would earn two decisions to close out the match from Logan Womelsdorf (Benton, Pa./Northwest Area) and Bruce Graeber (Feasterville, Pa./Neshaminy). After a scoreless first period between Womelsdorf and Alex Melikian, a Melikian escape in the second left Womelsdorf down 1-0 headed to the third. Womelsdorf would earn a stall point in the third to send the bout to overtime. Womelsdorf would score a quick takedown to earn the 3-1 win by sudden victory. Graeber traded a takedown with an escape from Sean Dee to take a 2-1 lead after one period, before escaping and taking down Dee in the second for a 5-2 lead headed to the third. Graeber earned his last point by riding time in a 6-2 win by decision.

Bucknell lost to Army West Point 22-19 back on Sunday (Feb. 11) in an Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) contest. Mike Macklin started the match with a win by fall (5:14) at 125 pounds, before Army got on the scoreboard with a decision at 133 pounds. No.14/No. 17/No. 12 Tyler Smith won by major decision 17-5 at 141, before Seth Houge earned Bucknell's second win by fall (2:25) at 149 pounds to put the Bison up 16-3. Army responded with three straight wins, beginning with a major decision at 157. The Black Knights got a win by tech fall at 165, before getting a decision win at 174 to cut Bucknell's lead to 16-15. Drew Phipps would win by decision 7-2 at 184, before a major decision at 197 in Army's favor tied the match at 19. Army came away with the win by decision at 285 pounds to complete the come-from-behind win.

SCOUTING BLOOMSBURG
Allard's 25-10 record leads the team, while Schutz is second on the team at 20-6. Three other men have won at least 10 matches on the year in Graeber (18-14), Saul Wilkins IV (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./GAR Memorial) (13-4) and Murphy (13-15). Schutz's 11-3 dual record is a team-best, while Allard is 9-4 in duals on the year. 10 other men have won at least one dual match on the season. As a team, the Huskies have 55 bonus-point wins comprised of 27 pins, 10 technical falls and 18 major decisions. Schutz has 11 total major decisions with six pins, two tech falls and three major decisions. Allard is second on the team with 10 bonus-point wins comprised of two pins, two tech falls and six major decisions. Schutz and Womelsdorf share the team lead in pins with six, while Allard and Schutz each have a team-high two tech fall wins. Allard's six major decisions also lead the team.

SCOUTING BUCKNELL
The Bison are led by Smith, who is nationally-ranked in three different polls. He is ranked No. 12 by Intermat, No. 17 by Flowrestling and No. 14 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NCWA) poll. Smith is a team-best 23-3 on the season, while owning a perfect 15-0 record in dual matches. 10 others for Bucknell have double-digit wins on the season. 12 men besides Smith have registered at least one dual win on the season, while Phipps is the only other Bison to have at least 10 dual wins. The Bison have 69 bonus-point wins as a team, coming from 24 falls, eight tech falls and 37 major decisions. Smith's 13 total bonus-point wins lead the team, with two pins, three technical falls and eight major decisions. Matthew Kolonia leads the team in falls with five, while Smith leads the team in both wins by technical fall (three) and wins by major decision (eight).

UP NEXT
Bloomsburg will compete in the EWL Championships on Mar. 3, hosted by Edinboro University. The action is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. 

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