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    Bucknell completes 3-0 weekend with two wins in NYC

    NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Bucknell wrestling team completed an impressive 3-0 weekend with a pair of victories Sunday at the Grapple at the Garden in New York City. The Bison opened the day with an easy 33-6 win over Davidson and followed that with a 25-15 victory over EIWA foe Hofstra. Bucknell (3-1, 1-0 EIWA) opened the weekend Saturday with a 20-16 home win over No. 10 Virginia.

    Victor Lopez (149), Robert Schlitt (165), Tyler Lyster (197) and Joe Stolfi (285) each won two bouts on Sunday, while Paul Petrov (125) earned a pair of forfeits. Stolfi now has a team-high 16 victories this season, while his pin of Davidson’s Ed Isola was the 39th of his career.

    Bucknell won eight of the 10 bouts against Davidson (3-7) and earned bonus points in five of them. Petrov (forfeit) and Stolfi (fall) earned six points each, while Lopez, Logan Kerin (157) and Schlitt posted major decisions to help the Bison win the first meeting in the series with the Wildcats.

    The nightcap against second-year EIWA member Hofstra (3-5), which defeated Maryland earlier in the day, was closer. In fact, the Bison needed wins in four of the final five bouts to overcome a 12-9 deficit.

    Petrov’s forfeit, a pin by Schlitt and a major decision by freshman Tom Sleigh provided valuable bonus points for Bucknell, which has won three straight matches for the first time since February 2011.

    The third annual Grapple at the Garden took place at Madison Square Garden and featured 14 of the top college wrestling teams in the country. This was Bucknell’s second appearance at the prestigious event, following a loss to Iowa in 2012.

    The Bison will now be idle until a Jan. 4 dual match at Michigan State, the alma mater of Bucknell head coach Dan Wirnsberger.

    Match 1: Bucknell 33, Davidson 6
    125: Paul Petrov (B) wins by forfeit
    133: Grim Gonzalez (B) dec. Anthony Elias (D), 6-1.
    141: Collin Boylan (B) dec. James McCord (D), 6-1.
    149: Victor Lopez (B) maj. dec. Kevin Birmingham (D), 13-0.
    157: Logan Kerin (B) maj. dec. Alex Palinsky (D), 15-6.
    165: Robert Schlitt (B) maj. dec. Patrick Devlin (D), 14-4.
    174: Nathaniel Powers (D) dec. Rory Bonner (B), 9-6.
    184: Scott Patrick (D) dec. Tom Sleigh (B), 9-6.
    197: Tyler Lyster (B) dec. Ian Solcz (D), 3-0.
    285: Joe Stolfi (B) pinned Ed Isola (D), 2:07.

    Match 2: Bucknell 25, Hofstra 15
    125: Paul Petrov (B) wins by forfeit
    133: Kyle Krasavage (H) dec. Grim Gonzalez (B), 12-5.
    141: Jamel Hudson (H) pinned Collin Boylan (B), 1:39.
    149: Victor Lopez (B) dec. Cody Ruggirello (H), 3-2.
    157: Jahlani Callender (H) dec. Rustin Barrick (B), 3-2.
    165: Robert Schlitt (B) pinned Nick Terdick (H), 1:16.
    174: Frank Affronti (H) dec. Rory Bonner (B), 2-1.
    184: Tom Sleigh (B) maj. dec. Jermaine John (H), 11-0.
    197: Tyler Lyster (B) dec. Mike Oxley (H), 3-0.
    285: Joe Stolfi (B) dec. Mike Hughes (H), 9-3.

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