The bison wrestling team had a competitive weekend at the Navy Classic 

Hannah Stuck, Contributing Writer

Seven of the Bison wrestlers placed on the podium this weekend, finishing fourth overall at the Navy Classic on Saturday in Annapolis, Md. 

Zach Hartman ’22 helped the Bison immensely by going 5-0 in the 165-pound weight classification. Hartman received bonus points in all five of his matches. He logged three pins, one technical fall and one major decision in all five of his victories. 

Darren Miller ’23 came in second place while competing in the 141-pound weight class, with Jaden Fisher ’23 finishing runner-up in the 174-pound weight class. Kurt Phipps ’24 in the 133-pound weight class and Logan Deacetis ’25 in the 284-pound weight class were both fourth on the podium.

Kolby Depron ’25, competing in the 149-pound weight class, placed third at his third straight tournament. Brandon Seidman ’22, competing in the 125-pound weight class, claimed sixth place at the tournament.

The Orange and Blue finished the competition with 115.5 points, placing behind Michigan State (129), Ohio (125.5), and Navy (122) out of the 12 competing teams in the tournament. The Bison placed higher than No. 18 Rutgers, Bloomsburg, Edinboro and Lock Haven. 

“The Navy Classic was really exciting to see what our team looked like after a long preseason. We looked pretty good with seven place winners and three finalists. I’m excited to see how the rest of our year plays out with some young guys stepping into the lineup,” Nick Delp ’24 said.

Hartman remains undefeated, starting out 8-0 from his wins this fall. The two-time All-American has gone 20-3, only losing at the NCAA Championships. 

Miller had a successful day on the mat, going 3-0 with a pair of major decisions by shutout. He ended up not competing in the finals against Navy’s Tyler Hunt to finish second. 

Fisher had a 3-1 record, finishing with two pins and losing a 12-6 decision to Ohio. DePron improved to a 12-3 record on the season. His 12 victories currently lead the team. The Bison had 11 pins and 6 major decisions. 

The Orange and Blue host Michigan State for their home opener on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. 

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