By Todd Merriett
Bucknell Sports Information
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell junior Joe Stolfi (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) was named the EIWA Wrestler of the Week on Monday. The 285-pounder posted a 3-0 record with two pins and a decision as the Bison registered a 2-1 mark in duals against Brown, Clarion and Penn this past weekend. Stolfi won the deciding bout in victories over both Brown and Clarion.
Bucknell’s two wins came on Saturday and Stolfi concluded both with a winning pin. Against EIWA foe Brown, the Bison trailed 19-16 with only the heavyweight bout remaining. Stolfi proceeded to pin Ryder Cavey in 2:34 to earn the 22-19 victory for Bucknell, which trailed 19-10 entering the 197-pound bout.
Just a few hours later Stolfi took to the mat against Clarion with the score tied 18-18. It took him just 4:01 to pin Evan Daley and give the Bison a 24-18 victory, their third straight win.
The outcome of Sunday’s match vs. EIWA opponent Penn was decided when Stolfi started wrestling Steven Graziano, but that did not stop him as he posted an 8-1 victory, scoring six of his points in the third period. It was the first win by decision this year for Stolfi, who is 20-6 with 15 falls, three major decisions and one forfeit.
The No. 19-ranked wrestler nationally at 285 pounds, Stolfi is tied with Paul Petrov for the team lead in victories. He has won five consecutive bouts and is now 48-27 in his three-year career. Stolfi has reached 20 wins for the second consecutive year and is 9-3 in duals, including 3-0 in EIWA duals.
Stolfi ranks second nationally in wins by fall with 15. That figure is tied for fourth on Bucknell’s single-season list, while his 24 career pins place him tied for seventh on that ledger.
In addition to his strong dual record, Stolfi has had success in tournament competition this year. He won the Mat Town Open and paced third at the Navy Classic. Additionally, he picked up three wins at the competitive Southern Scuffle earlier this month.
Bucknell is 5-7, 2-1 EIWA on the year. The Bison will return to action this Friday, Jan. 24, at Columbia. Start time of the EIWA dual is 7 p.m.