Smith, Stolfi, Lopez go undefeated, improve Bison to 10-6

Eleanor Hagan, Contributing Writer

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The Orange and Blue hit the road on Feb. 13 to top American 24-16, and then traveled to George Mason where they won 32-12. The next day, the Bison followed up with a devastating 19-18 loss to Penn.

At American, Grim Gonzalez ’17 , Tyler Smith ’18, Victor Lopez ’17, Rustin Barrick ’16, Tom Sleigh ’18, and Joe Stolfi ’16 were all contributing winners in the contest. Gonzalez pinned his opponent at the 133 spot, while Smith, Lopez, Barrick, and Sleigh all won by decision at the 141, 149, 174 and 184 spots, respectively. Stolfi pinned his opponent in the 285 category to finish the competition.

After a strong showing at American, the Orange and Blue followed up with a dominant win at George Mason. Smith and Lopez both pinned their opponents. Robert Schlitt ’16 came through at the 165 spot and Barrick at the 174 spot to win by decision. Sleigh and Tyler Greene ’17 both won by technical falls. Concluding the match, Stolfi won by major decision.

During their next day of matches, the Bison faced a strong Penn team who had five nationally-ranked wrestlers in the lineup. Nationally-ranked Paul Petrov ’16 returned for this matchup after missing the past two. Petrov won by major decision at the 125 spot. Nationally-ranked Smith and Lopez both won by major decisions at the 141 and 149 spots, respectively. To conclude, Stolfi, also nationally-ranked, pinned his opponent at the 285 spot. Although the Orange and Blue had strong showings, it was not enough to stop the Quakers from capturing five consecutive bouts.

This weekend had many strong performances from individual Bison. Smith, Lopez and Stolfi all went undefeated in their match-ups, continuing each of their winning streaks. Petrov also reached a team-high of 26 wins after the match-up at Penn. The Bison went 2-1 on the weekend, which now brings them to 10-6 on the season. They will travel to Binghamton on Feb. 19 and Columbia on Feb. 20 to wrap up the regular season.

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