A two-time NCAA qualifier, a two-time team captain and three-time EIWA placewinner, Drew compiled a 99-46 career record. As a senior, he went a career-best 31-7, including a 15-3 mark in EIWA action. He finished as the EIWA runner-up at 197 pounds, knocking off the top and fourth seeds along the way. Phipps earned the 19th seed at the 2020 NCAA Championships, which were not held due to the COVID-19 public health threat. At the 2019 NCAA Championships, he went 1-2 as the 28th seed, knocking off 12th-seeded Rocco Caywood (Army West Point) by a 7-0 decision in the consolation bracket. Phipps took sixth in the 197-pound weight class at the 2019 EIWA Championships and eighth in the 184-pound weight class at the 2018 EIWA Championships. He posted five career victories over nationally ranked opponents.
Personal: Andrew “Drew” Phipps was born on Aug. 18, 1997 in Rochester, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Andy and Gretchen Phipps and has two younger siblings, Kurtis and Kira.
College: Phipps excelled in the classroom during his time at Bucknell, becoming the second Bison to make three-straight NWCA All-Academic Teams. He also earned three EIWA Academic Achievement Awards. The Irwin, Pennsylvania native graduated with his bachelor’s degree in environmental geosciences.
High School: Drew was a 4-year wrestling letter winner at Norwin High School, team captain and 4-time state qualifier, finishing as high as second in 2016. He finished in the top 3 at WPIALs four times, had 4 first place finishes at sectionals and ended with a 145-14 career record to break school wins record. He was a 3x Powerade placewinner, 4x NHSCA All-American, 3x state champion in both Greco and Freestyle, Fargo All-American, 2x Super 32 fourth-place finisher and selected to dapper Dan WPIAL wrestling team. He was a Cadet National Team member, Schoolboy National Team member, Fargo National Team member, the member of Young Guns Wrestling, which was NHSCA national champion and Disney Duals national champion, Judge Driscol Norwin Male Scholar-Athlete recipient, KDKA Extra Effort award recipient, and American Legion Award Winner. He also earned a football letter in high school.