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    Bucknell concludes Virginia Duals with win over Rider

    HAMPTON, Va. -- Robert Schlitt and Joe Stolfi recorded pins and No. 25 Bucknell won the final three bouts to defeat No. 17 Rider by a 25-12 margin Saturday morning at the Virginia Duals. The win helped the Bison finish the two-day event with a 2-2 record as they placed third in the Silver bracket and seventh overall in the 12-team field.

    Bucknell (6-3) is now 2-2 against ranked opponents this year as it also defeated then-No. 10 Virginia last month.

    The Bison won six of the 10 bouts against the Broncs and totaled three bonus-point victories. Bucknell limited Rider (7-4) to just four decisions, including two by nationally ranked wrestlers.

    The Bison trailed 9-6 going into the 165-pound bout with Schlitt taking the mat. He proceeded to pin Curt Delia in 4:41 to give Bucknell a 12-9 advantage and the Bison never trailed again. It was the second pin of the season for Schlitt, who snapped a three-bout losing streak.

    After a win by decision for Rider at 174, Bucknell claimed the final three bouts on its way to the 13-point victory. Freshman Tom Sleigh got the streak started with a 2-1 overtime win at 184 pounds. Tyler Lyster followed with an 8-0 shutout at 197 pounds, his 20th win of the season. The major decision gave the Bison a seven-point cushion and clinched the outcome of the match.

    Stolfi, who is ranked 18th nationally, then pinned Greg Velasco in 6:40. It was his 11th consecutive win and his 12th fall of the year. He now has 44 career pins, tying him with Bobby Ferraro for third place on the program’s all-time list.

    Bucknell and Rider alternated victories over the first four bouts of the match. No. 14 Paul Petrov got things started for the Bison with a 7-3 decision at 125. Tyler Smith was victorious by a 7-6 margin at 141 pounds to improve to 10-4 on the year.

    Bucknell opened the Virginia Duals Friday with a win against Nebraska Kearney before falling to No. 24 Old Dominion and West Virginia.

    The Bison will next be in action Saturday, Jan. 17, when they host George Mason and Sacred Heart in Davis Gym. Start time is 11 a.m. and admission is free.

    No. 25 Bucknell 25, No. 17 Rider 12
    125: No. 14 Paul Petrov (B) dec. Zach Valcarce (R), 7-3.
    133: Robert Deutsch (R) dec. Grim Gonzalez (B), 7-4.
    141: Tyler Smith (B) dec. Chuck Zeisloft (R), 7-6.
    149: No. 16 Bryant Clagon (R) dec. Victor Lopez (B), 8-6.
    157: No. 13 Chad Walsh (R) dec. Rustin Barrick (B), 10-4.
    165: Robert Schlitt (B) pinned Curt Delia (R), 4:41.
    174: Ryan Wolfe (R) dec. Rory Bonner (B), 5-1.
    184: Tom Sleigh (B) dec. Clint Morrison (R), 2-1 (tb1)
    197: Tyler Lyster (B) maj. dec. Jeff McElwee (R), 8-0.
    285: No. 18 Joe Stolfi (B) pinned Greg Velasco (R), 6:40.

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