LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Behind a trio of first-period pins, the Bucknell wrestling team cruised to a 35-7 victory over Bloomsburg in its dual finale on Sunday at Nelson Field House.
The Bison (7-11, 4-7 EIWA) won eight of 10 bouts, racking up bonus points in five, to close their dual season on a high note. Matthew Kolonia (149), Frankie Guida, Jr. (174) and Brandon Stokes (285) all pinned their opponents in the first period, with Stokes putting an exclamation mark on Bucknell's commanding team effort by bringing Michael Porreca's shoulders to the mat in just 1:31 during their heavyweight finale.
Thanks to his 8-0 major decision over Kyle Murphy, Drew Phipps (197) will ride a 12-bout winning streak into the EIWA Championships. Phipps went a team-best 15-3 in duals this season, including 10-1 against EIWA opponents. At 22-7 overall, he ranks behind only Zach Hartman (23-6) in overall victories entering the postseason.
Freshman Noah Levett (141) earned his first career dual victory in convincing fashion, dropping Lewis Williams by a 15-1 major decision. Wrestling up a weight class, Geo Barzona (133) got the Bison on the board with a 9-2 decision over Shawn Orem.
No. 11 Zach Hartman returned to the win column, dispatching Nate Newberry by a 5-1 decision. The freshman standout finished dual competition with a 14-4 record, matching Phipps's 10-1 mark against EIWA foes.
Stokes's pin was his second of the weekend; on Saturday at Davis Gym, he pinned Columbia's Danny Conley in 4:59. In addition, Phipps's major decision was his second of the weekend; he now has seven on the season, three more than the second-place Bison.
The Bison have now won four of their past five duals with Bloomsburg, with their only loss coming in 2018. They next attend the EIWA Championships from Friday, March 8 through Saturday, March 9 at Binghamton's Events Center in Vestal, N.Y.
125: Willy Girard (BLOOM) dec. over Jakob Campbell (BU) 7-6
133: Geo Barzona (BU) dec. over Shawn Orem (BLOOM) 9-2
141: Noah Levett (BU) maj. dec. over Lewis Williams (BLOOM) 15-1
149: Matthew Kolonia (BU) fall over Aaron Coleman (BLOOM) 1:55
157: #11/11/11 Zach Hartman (BU) dec. over Nate Newberry (BLOOM) 5-1
165: D.J. Hollingshead (BU) dec. over Alex Carida (BLOOM) 4-0
174: Frankie Guida, Jr. (BU) fall over Gavin Hale (BLOOM) 1:49
184: Trevor Allard (BLOOM) maj. dec. over Kyle Inlander (BU) 8-0
197: Drew Phipps (BU) maj. dec. over Kyle Murphy (BLOOM) 8-0
285: Brandon Stokes (BU) fall over Michael Porreca (BLOOM) 1:31