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    Bucknell defeats Army, Mergen upets Riccio

    WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Three of Bucknell's four ranked wrestlers posted victories to help the Bison to a 25-6 victory over EIWA foe Army Tuesday night at Gillis Fieldhouse. The Bison won eight of the 10 bouts as they defeated the Black Knights for the first time in nine all-time meetings.

    The match started at 184 pounds and Bucknell (2-2, 1-0 EIWA) jumped out to a 9-0 lead behind three consecutive decisions by Rob Waltko at 184, Jay Hahn at 197 and freshman Joe McMullan at heavyweight. McMullan, who weighed in at 197 and wrestled up a class, posted a 4-0 victory over fellow freshman Alan Lutterman.

    After a loss at 125 by Derrik Russell, the Bison reeled off five straight victories, including three by ranked grapplers. No. 13 David Marble (133 pounds) and No. 6 Andy Rendos (165) posted major decisions, while No. 13 Kevin LeValley won a tight 8-6 decision at 149 over No. 6 Matthew Kyler in the only bout featuring a pair of ranked foes. LeValley trailed 5-1 at one point, but came back to tie it up and forced overtime with a riding time advantage.

    In overtime, neither LeValley nor Kyler scored in the 60-second sudden victory format, and LeValley ended up winning in the first tiebreaker.

    Freshman Zac Hancock (141) and Brantley Hooks (157) also claimed decisions, helping Bucknell to a 26-3 advantage heading into the final match.

    The fourth of Bucknell's four ranked wrestlers to compete Tuesday, Shane Riccio (174 pounds) suffered his first dual loss since last Feb. 15 against American. Riccio dropped a 9-6 decision to Ryan Mergen, concluding the match.

    With six wins by decision and two more by major decision, the Bison piled up 26 team points, but were docked a point for unsportsmanlike conduct.

    Bucknell will be back in action Friday, Nov. 27, when it hosts No. 1 Iowa and Rutgers at Sojka Pavilion. The first of the three matches that day begins at 4 p.m. with the Bison facing the Hawkeyes. A live video broadcast of the event will be available on Bison Vision. Tickets can be purchased by calling 570-577-1000 or at the door. Sojka Pavilion doors will open at 2:30 p.m.

    Results:
    125: Lance Penhale (A) dec. Derrik Russell, 4-2
    133: #13 David Marble major dec. Jordan Thome, 17-7
    141: Zac Hancock (B) dec. Nicholas Bundy, 9-8
    149: #13 Kevin LeValley (B) dec. #6 Matt Kyler, 8-6 TB1
    157: Brantley Hooks (B) dec. Rudy Chelednik, 5-2
    165: #6 Andy Rendos (B) major dec. Eric Gobin, 13-4
    174: Ryan Mergen (A) dec. #9 Shane Riccio, 9-6
    *184: Rob Waltko (B) dec. Jacob Vetter, 8-4
    197: Jay Hahn (B) dec. Daniel Mills, 10-3
    285: Joe McMullan (B) dec. Alan Lutterman, 4-0
    * starting weight

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