BU’s Stolfi wins 285 at EIWAs

Bucknell junior 285-pounder Joe Stolfi became the third wreslter in school history Sunday to win an EIWA?title, one day after he set Bucknell’s single-season pins record with 22.

The second-seeded Stolfi advanced to the semifinals with two wins on Saturday. He posted two more victories Sunday, including a 9-7 decision over top-seeded Billy Smith of Rutgers in the title bout.

Stolfi joins Andy Rendos (2010 165 pounds) and Kevin LeValley (2011 149 pounds) as Bucknell wrestlers to win EIWA crowns.

Stolfi trailed Smith 5-4 entering the third period vs. Smith. An early takedown in the third staked Smith, who entered the weekend with a 22-5 record this season, to a 7-5 advantage. Stolfi concluded the period with an escape, a takedown and the riding time point for the two-point win.

In addition to winning the EIWA title on Sunday, Stolfi secured his second consecutive automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. Last year he finished in the top 12 in the 285-pound bracket, one win shy of All-America honors.

Thanks to a 4-0 record this weekend, Stolfi is now 33-6 this season and has won 18 consecutive bouts. He is tied for eighth place on the program’s single-season wins list.

Sophomore 125-pounder Paul Petrov also advanced to the semifinals of his bracket, but he did not wrestle Sunday due to injury. With three medical forfeits, Petrov finished sixth, matching his 2013 finish in the 133-pound bracket, and guaranteeing him a spot in the NCAA Championships for the first time alongside Stolfi.

Freshman Victor Lopez was also a placewinner on Sunday. He had a chance to finish as high as third in the 149-pound bracket, but lost his first bout by decision and then had an injury default in the seventh-place bout. Lopez ranks third on the Bison to Petrov and Stolfi with 23 victories this season.

BU finished in 15th place in the team standings with 42.5 points. Cornell won its eighth consecutive team title, while Lehigh was second.