LANCASTER, Pa. – Bucknell University’s wrestlers took the first nine bouts to hand Franklin & Marshall a 32-3 loss in Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) action Tuesday evening. The Bison (2-4, 1-1 EIWA) recorded six decisions, two majors and a pin for Bucknell’s fourth consecutive win over the Diplomats’ (0-3, 0-2 EIWA) grapplers.
Heavyweight Nico Somers’ 8-1 decision of Nathan Jones in the night’s final bout was all that saved F&M from being blanked on the scoreboard. Somers improved to 5-3 on the season.
Bucknell’s Jose Matos picked up the only pin of the evening, knocking off the Diplomats’ Matt Murray at the 4:40 mark of the 133-pound bout. The nation’s 12th ranked wrestler at that weight, David Marble, did not wrestle. F&M’s Anthony Bongarzone challenged Andrew Rendos, ranked sixth in the nation at 165-pounds. The Bison grappler posted an 11-4 win in that bout.
Despite Bucknell’s four-match win streak over F&M, the Diplomats still lead the overall series 20-11-1.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday at Rutgers University. F&M will face Rutgers and Princeton in EIWA action.
Bucknell 32, Franklin & Marshall 3
125: Derek Reber (BU) - MD - Stephen Sabreen (F&M) 0 - 11
133: Jose' Matos (BU) - FALL - Matt Murray (F&M) 4:40
141: Adam Healey (BU) - DEC - Frank Higgins (F&M) 3 - 7
149: Kevin LeValley (BU) - DEC - Albert Gianforti (F&M) 3 - 8
157: Scott Sechler (BU) - DEC - James DeNicola (F&M) 5 - 11
165: Andrew Rendos (BU) - DEC - Anthony Bongarzone (F&M) 4 - 11
174: Shane Riccio (BU) - DEC - Justin Herbert (F&M) 3 - 6
184: David Thompson (BU) - MD - James Schulz (F&M) 4 - 14
197: Jay Hahn (BU) - DEC - Colin Ely (F&M) 4 - 9
285: Nicolas Somers (F&M) - DEC - Nathan Jones (BU ) 8 - 1