Phipps defeats ranked opponent, wrestling goes 1-1 on weekend

Anslee Krouch, Senior Writer

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The Bison wrestling team hosted Harvard Jan. 19 and Brown Jan. 20 in the Davis Gym, beating Harvard 21-10 but losing to Brown 18-13.

On Jan. 19, the Bison won seven of ten bouts against Harvard. With the exception of one, each bout was decided by decision. Chad Reese ’18 secured the Bison victory, winning with a 5-3 decision.

Tyler Smith ’18 scored an 8-2 victory, keeping his undefeated record at 9-0. David Campbell ’21 also helped the Orange and Blue with his 3-1 win in the first sudden victory period.

Later in the meet, Harvard managed to pull out three wins; however, D.J. Hollingshead ’19 bounced back with a decisive 9-6 victory for the Bison. In a tiebreaker, Nick Stephani ’19 scored a win for the Orange and Blue, putting them back in the lead.

Drew Phipps ’20 continued the winning streak with a strong 6-5 victory, while Brandon Stokes ’20 closed out the night with a 4-1 win. Stokes has now won three of his past four heavyweight matches.

“Everybody that stepped up on the mat had energy, intensity and a purpose, which was reflected in the way each person competed. We out wrestled Harvard and won a lot of positions that were decided by effort and hustle,” Reese said.

The following night against Brown, Smith extended his undefeated streak to 10-0 in dual action and Phipps had a strong win in sudden victory overtime against his No. 16 nationally-ranked opponent. It was Phipps’ first career victory against a ranked competitor.

Early in the night, Hollingshead had a 3-2 victory and Stephani managed to pull a 4-3 win for the Orange and Blue in the third period’s final 30 seconds.

Brown responded to the Bison’s winning streak by coming back with the next four bouts, taking a twelve to nine lead. In the end, Brown edged out the Orange and Blue and emerged with the 18-13 victory.

“The loss against Brown was tough, but again, each person that stepped on the mat has a lot of energy and wrestled their hardest,” Reese said.

The Bison will be on the road Jan. 27 to face Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponents Penn and Columbia, looking to improve upon their current 1-3 record in EIWA play.

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