Monday, December 10, 2018

BU Wrestling - Bond Named Eastern Wrestling League Athlete Of The Week

Image Courtesy of Bloomsburg University Sports Information
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - Redshirt junior Grant Bond (Carlisle, Pa./Boiling Springs) of the Bloomsburg University wrestling team has been named the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Athlete of the Week as announced on Monday. It marks the first weekly honor of Bond's collegiate career.

Competing in the 149-pound bracket at the 2018 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships on Saturday afternoon at Kutztown University, Bond won all four of his matches - all by bonus points - to become Bloomsburg University's first PSAC individual wrestling champion since 2013. He started the afternoon by pinning Millersville's DJ Miele before upsetting second-seeded Logan McKoy of Seton Hill by technical fall, 15-0, in the quarterfinals. He then pinned Mercyhurst's Mike Clark 24 seconds into the second period of the semifinal round to set up a title match against top-seeded Jon Ross of Lock Haven. Bond needed just 70 seconds to earn his third pin of the afternoon as he took out Ross to claim Bloomsburg's first individual title in five years.

Junior Nate Newberry (Biglerville, Pa./Biglerville) went on to win the Huskies' second individual crown at 157 pounds later in the tournament. The duo became the first Bloomsburg individual PSAC champions since Mike Dessino(Middlesex, NJ/Middlesex) (174), Richard Perry (Meriden, CT/Middletown) (197), and Justin Grant (Easton/Easton) (285) in 2013.

Bond, who did not compete last season, improved to 6-2 this year and moved his overall record to 17-19 in his career with the Huskies. The four bonus-point wins were also his first four of the season.

Bloomsburg returns to action on Sunday, December 16, when it hosts Lock Haven University in an EWL dual at the Nelson Field House. Start time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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