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Bucknell defeats Bloomsburg

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell wrestling team faced an undermanned Bloomsburg squad on Sunday in Davis Gym and posted a 44-9 victory over the Huskies. Robert Schlitt, Tyler Greene and Joe Stolfi recorded pins for the Bison, who also benefitted from three Bloomsburg forfeits.

Prior to the match, Bucknell (7-5) celebrated Senior Day and recognized its six seniors - Rustin Barrick, Chuck Boddy, Brenan McAllister, Paul Petrov, Schlitt and Stolfi - on the mat. Barrick, Schlitt and Stolfi recorded wins in the match, while Petrov was awarded a forfeit.

"These six seniors are the reason we have been as successful as we have been the last two seasons," commented Bison head coach Dan Wirnsberger. "They have provided great leadership and have lived the right lifestyle both on and off the mat."

Bucknell was spotted 18 points in the team score as the Huskies (1-14) forfeited at 125, 141 and 149 pounds. Bloomsburg then won the first two contested matches by pin (133 pounds) and decision (157 pounds). The Bison, though, captured the final five bouts with four of them for bonus points and the other a shutout decision.

Schlitt got the string of wins started with a pin of Matthew Carr at 165 pounds. The senior was on his way to a victory by tech fall, but got the pin first. It was his third fall of the season.

Barrick followed with a 5-0 shutout of Casey Glunt. The senior had a first-period takedown and a second-period reversal on the way to the victory. It was the 10th win in a row for Barrick, who is now 20-6 on the season.

Sleigh then dominated Kyle Wojtaszek at 184 pounds, winning by tech fall in 5:38. The sophomore had three four-point near falls on his way to victory.

Greene's opponent - Dominic Carfagno - entered the 197-pound bout with a team-high 19 victories for Bloomsburg. Greene outscored him 6-0 before getting his second fall of the season midway through the second period.

Stolfi capped the match with his 59th career pin, putting Saul Wilkins on his back with 21 seconds left in the first period. The senior is now 12-1 on the season with seven wins by fall.

Bucknell's 44 points scored were its most since it defeated Shippensburg 50-0 to open the 2013-14 campaign.

In addition to Senior Day, Sunday's match also featured the Bucknell Wrestling Veteran Appreciation Day. The Bison honored longtime Navy veteran Ernie Gromlich with a special on-mat presentation, and the ROTC Color Guard was in attendance for the National Anthem.

Sunday's match marked the final home event of the season for the Bison, who finished 3-2 on their five-match homestand. Bucknell will now wrestle six consecutive road duals in the month of February.

Results:
125: No. 10/11/11 Paul Petrov (BU) wins by forfeit
133: Andy Schultz (BL) pinned Ben Bliss (BU), 1:03.
141: Grim Gonzalez (BU) wins by forfeit.
149: No. --/17/-- Tyler Smith (BU) wins by forfeit
157: Brendon Colbert (BL) dec Logan Kerin (BU), 8-1.
165: Robert Schlitt (BU) pinned Mathew Carr (BL), 6:39.
174: No. 20/21/-- Rustin Barrick (BU) dec Casey Glunt (BL), 5-0.
184: No. --/23/-- Tom Sleigh (BU) tech fall Kyle Wojtaszek (BL), 21-2 (5:38).
197: Tyler Greene (BU) pinned Dom Carfagno (BL), 3:49.
285: No. 8/7/16 Joe Stolfi (BU) pinned Saul Wilkins (BL), 2:39.

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