BROOKVILLE, N.Y. - The Bucknell wrestling team rolled past LIU, 39-7, in its EIWA opener on Friday night at the Pratt Recreation Center.
The Bison (2-2, 1-0 EIWA) used two pins, a technical fall and a major decision to down the Sharks (2-13, 0-2 EIWA) in a dual that lasted only an hour and 15 minutes.
After LIU forfeited at 125 and 133 pounds, David Campbell (141) pinned Michael Blando in 3:22 to extend Bucknell's lead to 18-0. Campbell, a former EIWA placewinner at 133 pounds, was making his first dual start at 141 pounds.
Jaden Fisher (157) picked up his first career dual victory, dispatching Dominick Demarco by a resounding 18-2 technical fall. Zach Hartman (165) scored his fifth pin of the 2019-20 campaign, bringing Nicholas Provenzano's shoulders to the mat in just 2:38. Hartman is currently ranked as high as 15th nationally.
Mitch Hartman (174) won by a 5-1 decision while Kyle Inlander (184) emerged a 7-6 victor in the first sudden victory frame. Drew Phipps (197) stretched his dual winning streak to 16 bouts with a commanding 12-1 major decision over Mark Malico; Phipps was last defeated in dual action on Jan. 5, 2018 at Navy.
LIU is the EIWA's newest member. The program was formed when Division I LIU Brooklyn and Division II LIU Post merged ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. The wrestling team, which competes on LIU Post's campus, was elevated to the Division I level with the merger. This was the first ever meeting between the Bison and Sharks.
Bucknell next attends the prestigious Ken Kraft Midlands Championships on Dec. 29-30.
125: Brandon Seidman (BU) wins by forfeit
133: Darren Miller (BU) wins by forfeit
141: David Campbell (BU) fall over Michael Blando (LIU) 3:22
149: Rhise Royster (LIU) maj. dec. over Jacob Hubbard (BU) 11-2
157: Jaden Fisher (BU) tech fall over Dominick Demarco (LIU) 18-2 (4:46)
165: #15 Zach Hartman (BU) fall over Nicholas Provenzano (LIU) 2:38
174: Mitch Hartman (BU) dec. over James Langan (LIU) 5-1
184: Kyle Inlander (BU) dec. over Dan McClure (LIU) 7-6 (SV-1)
197: Drew Phipps (BU) maj. dec. over Mark Malico (LIU) 12-1
285: Lawrence Horl (LIU) dec. over Nate Feyrer (BU) 4-1