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    Bucknell defeats American, George Mason to stretch win streak to 4

    WASHINGTON, D.C./FAIRFAX, Va. -- Tyler Smith, Victor Lopez, Rustin Barrick, Tom Sleigh and Joe Stolfi each won two bouts to lead the Bucknell wrestling team to a couple of road victories Saturday. The Bison opened the day with a 24-16 win against EIWA foe American and then traveled a short distance west to take on George Mason in a non-conference match and defeated the Patriots 32-12.

    Bucknell (10-5, 4-2 EIWA) extended its winning streak to four matches. The Bison have won those four matches by a combined total of 102 points.

    Bucknell won 13 of the 18 contested bouts in the two duals on Saturday. The Bison totaled four pins, two tech falls and a major decision.

    In the opener against American (4-8, 1-6 EIWA), Grim Gonzalez opened the scoring for Bucknell at 133 pounds with his first fall of the year. Smith and Lopez followed with wins by decision to stake the Bison to a 12-6 lead. The Eagles then claimed the 157 and 165 bouts, but Bucknell won three of the last four on its way to the eight-point win. It marked the third straight Bison victory in the series.

    A win by Barrick at 174 pounds gave Bucknell the lead (15-13) for good and extended his personal winning streak to 12, which he later upped to 13. Sleigh, who defeated Jason Grimes 5-4 on the riding time point at 184 pounds, and Stolfi, who sealed the outcome with a pin of Jake Scanlan, earned the other wins for the Bison. It was Stolfi's team-high ninth pin of the season.

    George Mason (7-11) opened the nightcap with a win by forfeit at 125 and a 19-18 decision at 133 pounds to start up 9-0. The Bison captured seven of the final eight bouts, including the final five in a row. Smith and Lopez recorded back-to-back pins at 141 and 149, while Sleigh and Tyler Greene had consecutive tech falls at 184 and 197.

    Stolfi concluded the match with a 12-3 major decision over Matt Voss as he improved to 15-1 on the season.

    Saturday's matches were just the beginning of competition this weekend for Bucknell, which has reached double-figures in victories for a program-record third consecutive season. The Bison will wrestle at EIWA opponent Penn on Sunday at 3 p.m.

    Bucknell 24, American 16
    125: David Terao (A) won by forfeit.
    133: Grim Gonzalez (B) pinned James Giaccia, 1:16
    141: Tyler Smith (B) dec. over Tyler Scotton, 7-3
    149: Victor Lopez (B) dec. over Tom Page, 5-2
    157: John Boyle (A) dec. over Zach Kelly, 4-1
    165: Mitchell Wightman (A) major dec. over Robert Schlitt, 15-6
    174: Rustin Barrick (B) dec. over Michael Eckhart, 8-5
    184: Tom Sleigh (B) dec. over Jason Grimes, 5-4
    197: Jeric Kasunic (A) dec. over Tyler Greene, 4-0
    285: Joe Stolfi (B) pinned Jake Scanlan, 6:56

    Bucknell 32, George Mason 12
    125: Ibrahim Bunduka (GM) won by forfeit
    133: Ryan Renkey (GM) dec. Grim Gonzalez (B), 19-18.
    141: Tyler Smith (B) pinned Tejon Anthony (GM), 6:11.
    149: Victor Lopez (B) pinned Konbeh Koroma (GM), 2:24.
    157: Gregory Flournoy (GM) dec. Christian Bassolino (B), 5-3.
    165: Robert Schlitt (B) dec. Patrick Davis (GM), 5-4.
    174: Rustin Barrick (B) dec. Daniel Mika (GM), 2-0.
    184: Tom Sleigh (B) tech fall Austin Harrison (GM), 15-0 (3:34).
    197: Tyler Greene (B) tech fall Cameron Houston (GM), 16-1 (2:27).
    285: Joe Stolfi (B) maj. dec. Matt Voss (GM), 12-3.

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