NEW YORK – The Columbia wrestling team will put its four-match win streak on the line this Friday, Jan. 24 in front of its home crowd, hosting Bucknell in the University (Blue) Gym at 7 p.m.
Fans can follow all the action Friday with a live stream through the Ivy League Digital Network and live stats on trackwrestling.com.
The Lions now stand at 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the EIWA after posting three wins over the weekend. Columbia first dispatched Buffalo, 24-9, at home on Friday, Jan. 17, before traveling to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Jan. 19, where Gardner-Webb and American fell to the Lions. The Runnin’ Bulldogs struggled to keep up with Columbia, as the Lions garnered a 32-6 victory. Against American, Columbia raced out to an early lead and was able to hold off a comeback bid by the Eagles for the 20-13 win.
Bucknell had a three-match win streak snapped on Sunday, when fellow Ivy League member Penn went on the road and defeated the Bison, 24-13, in Davis Gym. The loss was the first in EIWA action for Bucknell, having downed Brown, 22-19, and Lehigh, 18-17, prior to the Penn match.
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Penn Gottfried (12-10) vs. Paul Petrov (20-6)
Gottfried spilt a pair bouts Sunday, shutting out GWU’s Phillip Anderson with a 4-0 decision, but fell to No. 11 David Terao from American. Petrov is tied for the team-lead in wins with a 20-6 record. The sophomore extended his current win streak to six bouts with a 14-4 major decision against Penn’s Jeremy Schwartz.
Angelo Amenta (12-8) vs. Grim Gonzalez (12-18)
After going 2-2 in his first four dual bouts, Amenta has strung together four straight wins. Each of those four wins has come via decision, including an 8-4 showing against GWU’s Robbie Golde and a 4-0 shutout of American’s Esteban Gomez-Rivera. Gonzalez is just 2-10 in dual bouts this season and 12-18 overall. Against EIWA competition, Gonzalez is 0-3 with loses to opponents from Lehigh, Brown and Penn.
Matt Bystol (14-7) vs. Connor Lapresi (10-15)
Bystol had a tough start to the weekend, falling to Buffalo’s Nick Flannery and GWU’s Ryan Mosley, but bounced back with a 7-3 defeat of American’s Spencer Slishman. On the year, Bystol has posted three falls and three major decisions, while going 5-2 against foes from EIWA schools. As a first-year, Lapresi is 2-5 in dual bouts and 1-1 in EIWA duals. His last win was a 4-0 decision against Brown’s Jack Twomey-Kazak on Jan. 18, with losses to Clarion’s Tyler Bedelyon and Penn’s Jeff Canfora following.
Ryan Ponte (9-2) vs. Victor Lopez (13-15)
Ponte remains unbeaten in dual competition after picking up three wins over the weekend highlighted by an 8-0 major decision against GWU’s Tyler Ziegler. Overall, Ponte is now 9-2 on the year since competing for the first time on Dec. 28 at the Wilkes Open. Lopez is another first-year in the Bucknell lineup seeing significant time on the mats. In dual bouts, Lopez is 5-7 and 13-15 overall. The last time out he defeated Penn’s A.J. Murabito in a close 5-4 battle.
Markus Scheidel (19-7) vs. Logan Kerin (5-17)/Ray Schlitt (13-13)
The shift from the high school circuit to the collegiate level has been a seamless transition for Scheidel, who after three more wins over the weekend now has a team-best 19 victories. His knack for accumulating points throughout his bouts has also led to a team-high eight major decisions. Kerin has won just two bouts in his last eight opportunities and has lost his last three times on the mat. Schlitt is having his best season in his junior year, standing at .500 overall (13-13), but is just 1-1 in duals this season.
Josh Houldsworth (17-8) vs. Rustin Barrick (13-14)
The senior co-captain has found his stride of late, winning four of his last five bouts. Following a 4-0 decision against Buffalo’s Tyler Rill last Friday, Houldsworth came out on Sunday and posted his first major decision of the season with a 19-6 performance against American’s Cristian Masaya. Barrick is 13-14 as a sophomore, with a 4-6 mark in duals. He picked up his third win via pin against Clarion’s Shawn Nelson on Jan. 18, but was beaten in a major decision the next day by No. 17 Casey Kent from Penn.
No. -/11/13 Shane Hughes (14-6) vs. Joey Krulock (7-11)
Hughes has been among the most impressive wrestlers over the last month of competition, winning 10 of his 11 bouts. His lone loss during that span came against the No. 6 grappler in the nation, Mike Evans from Iowa. Hughes has been especially dominant in his last four bouts, earning two major decisions and two falls. Krulock is 7-11 during his rookie campaign with each of his wins coming via decision. The last time out, Krulock snapped an eight-bout losing streak with a 2-1 tiebreaker defeat of Penn’s Zach Agostino.
Zack Hernandez (16-6) vs. Rory Bonner (7-11)
Similar to Hughes, Hernandez has been impressive on the mats recently, going 8-2 since Midlands. His current five-bout win streak has featured five victories by decision, all in dual competition. This past weekend, Bonner faced some of the top competition at 184 pounds, falling to No. 9 Ophir Bernstein from Brown and No. 12 Lorenzo Thomas from Penn, but did pick up a win over Clarion’s Dustin Conti with a 6-1 decision.
Matt Idelson (6-8) vs. Tyler Lyster (13-12)
Idelson split his two bouts on Sunday, earning his second fall of the season in 2:17 against Terry Henderson from GWU, but lost a very close bout to No. 12 Daniel Mitchell from American, 5-4. Against EIWA opponents, Idelson is 3-2 on the year. One of just five Bucknell wrestlers with a .500 or better record, Lyster has won three of his last four bouts. Against ranked opponents though, Lyster is 0-5 this season.
Wyatt Baker (7-12) vs. No. -/20/17 Joe Stolfi (20-6)
Baker concluded the Lions’ victory over Buffalo with a 10-4 decision versus James Benjamin. In Sunday’s tri-dual, Baker was edged in both duals via decision. Stolfi is the only ranked grappler in the Bucknell lineup and is tied with Petrov for the team-lead with 20 wins. He has won each of his last five bouts with four of those ending with a pin.