LEWISBURG, Pa. – Facing its second Big Ten opponent in as many home matches, the Bucknell wrestling team was tied with Michigan State 6-6 through four bouts, but ended up on the wrong side of a 27-6 score Saturday evening in Davis Gym. Freshman Austin Miller (Mount Joy, Pa./Hempfield) and sophomore Alex Pellicciotti (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) posted the lone wins of the night for the Bison.
Miller, a freshman 125-pounder who is now 2-0 at home this year, got things off to a good start for Bucknell with a 3-1 overtime decision to open the match. He was tied 1-1 with Brenan Lyon entering overtime and scored the lone takedown of the bout 24 seconds into the sudden-victory period.
Two bouts later Pellicciotti recorded the largest win of the night, a 7-1 decision over Andrew Ermatinger. He posted takedowns in the first and third periods and recorded a two-point near-fall in the second as he was on the verge of scoring back points many times during the bout.
Miller and Pellicciotti’s wins both staked Bucknell (0-5) to three-point leads, but the Spartans won the final six bouts that were contested. They also earned six points on a heavyweight forfeit by the Bison.
All nine bouts were decided by decision and no Bucknell wrestler lost by more than four points all night.
Michigan State (2-1) was wrestling its second match of the day, having defeated Lock Haven 30-6 earlier in the afternoon.
Bucknell will continue its busy weekend on Sunday when it wrestles at Penn State’s Nittany Lion Open. The individual tournament runs all day Sunday at Rec Hall.
Michigan State 27, Bucknell 6
*125: Austin Miller (B) dec. Brenan Lyon (MSU), 3-1 (sv1).
133: Brandon Fifield (MSU) dec. Shawn Armato (B), 5-2.
141: Alex Pellicciotti (B) dec. Andrew Ermatinger (MSU), 7-1.
149: No. 18 Dan Osterman (MSU) dec. Derrik Russell (B), 4-0.
157: Anthony Jones (MSU) dec. John Regan (B), 4-3.
165: Nick Proctor (MSU) dec. Ray Schlitt (B), 4-1.
174: Curran Jacobs (MSU) dec. Stephen McPeek (B), 7-3.
184: Ian Hinton (MSU) dec. Jamie Westwood (B), 5-1.
197: Nick McDiarmid (MSU) dec. Tyler Lyster (B), 7-4.
Hwt.: No. 17 Mike McClure (MSU) wins by forfeit.
* Starting weight
Courtesy of Todd Merriett, Bucknell Asst. Dir. Athletic Communications