Wrestling to take on three-time defending national champions Penn State

Stephen Olick-Sutphen, Staff Writer

The Bison wrestling team will face off against Penn State tonight in a highly anticipated wrestling match in Sojka Pavilion at 7 p.m. The Bison will try to defeat the three-time defending national champions and improve their record to 3-1 on the year.

The Bison enters the meet with wins over VMI and Cleveland State. They defeated VMI by a score of 36-3 and Cleveland State 25-10 in the opening tournament. The Bison are coming off a seventh place finish at the Navy Classic on Nov. 17, where they faced tough competition, and they will look to carry that momentum into their match against Penn State.

The Orange and Blue will look to former EIWA winners Joey Gould ’20, Drew Phipps ’20, and David Campbell ’21 to place well for the team.

“We are preparing like any other match, focusing one day at a time and getting better everyday,” Campbell said.

Penn State comes into the match having defeated Kent State 52-3 in their first meet of the year. Most recently, the Nittany Lions placed first as a team in the Keystone Classic held in Philadelphia on Nov. 18.

Penn State has been dominant in the last decade, as they have won seven of the past eight national championships. Adding to an already difficult challenge for the Bison, the Nittany Lions are returning four individual national champions from their title-winning squad last year.

The Bison are excited for the challenge of facing such a high profile competitor.

“Every match is extremely important to me. I’m so blessed to be able to represent Bucknell every time I go out and compete,” Campbell said. “Penn State is number one in the country so we are going to have to fight as hard as we can for as long as we can, just like every other match.”

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