The Bison Wrestling Team Splits 1-1 on the Weekend

Hannah Stuck, Contributing Writer

The Orange and Blue ended their eight-dual streak by losing to the Midshipmen this past weekend. Navy had won four bouts in a row between the 174 and 285 pound weight classes. 

Zach Hartman ’22 won his 20th match of the season, beating his opponent 7-1. Hartman had six of his seven points in the first frame, while also holding his opponent to zero points the entire second period. Hartman had a takedown, alongside four back points throughout his victory. 

Brandon Seidman ’22 competed in the 125 pound weight class and gave the Bison a chance to come back by claiming victory over his Midshipmen opponent 3-1. This put an end to the Midshipmen’s four-bout winning streak. 

Kolby DePron ’25 and Darren Miller ’23 won their matches back to back while competing in the 149 and 141 pound weight classes. This made the score of the match 18-12, giving the Bison some hope going into their next weight classes. 

Kurt Phipps ’24 suffered his first EIWA loss of the season, losing in a 7-1 decision. His EIWA record is now 7-1, while his overall record is 12-3.

The Midshipmen were the first team to defeat the Bison at an away match so far this season, with the Orange and Blue ultimately losing 21-12. 

The Bison ended the weekend on a high note, claiming a 29-9 victory over American on their senior night in Davis Gym.

The Orange and Blue had a five-bout winning streak between the 133 and 165 pound weight classes. Hartman made a statement on his senior night, having a first-period pin. Logan Deacetis ’25 also had a first-period pin in 1:33, helping the Bison to win seven out of 10 bouts. 

Hartman has been one of the strongest Bison in his four years of wrestling, pinning his final opponent in his final match in Davis Gym. Hartman is a two-time All American, and he pinned his opponent in just 1:29 into the first period. 

“I believe we showed not only our ability to rebound from Navy with our performance against American, but also our pride for the university we represent. It was a tough loss, but we came together, regrouped, and executed our plan against American. There’s still so much more to learn, but I’m proud of how far our team has come this season and am excited to battle out my remaining matches as a Bison alongside them,” Hartman said. 

Phipps also contributed to the Bison win, being victorious with a 7-4 decision. His record has moved to 13-3 overall, and 8-1 in the EIWA. 

Competing in the 141 weight class, Miller was victorious in a 14-2 major decision over his opponent. Miller had a terrific 4:34 of riding time in the process. 

DePron and Nick Delp ’24 also had decisions back-to-back contributing to the Bison victory. 

“Our team wrestled tough against Navy but fell a little short on Friday night. I think we showed adversity and good resilience based on how we came back and wrestled Sunday against American, especially since it was senior night. We wanted to send our seniors off with one last win at home to cap off our dual meet season,” Delp said. 

Mason McCready ’23 also added a victory by winning 13-3 over his opponent. 

Hartman and DePron lead the team in the amount of wins, with Hartman having 21 wins and DePron having 22. 

The Bison face Lehigh on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. in their next match. 

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