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    Bucknell defeats Brown, Clarion

    LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell wrestling team posted a 2-0 record Saturday with wins over Brown and Clarion in Davis Gym. Both matches were in doubt entering the heavyweight bout, but Joe Stolfi posted pins in both matches to propel the Bison to the two comeback victories. Paul Petrov, Rustin Barrick and Tyler Lyster were also undefeated on the day.

    Bucknell opened the day with a 22-19 victory over Brown with back-to-back pins by Lyster and Stolfi at 197 and 285 erasing a 19-10 deficit. The Bison then trailed 18-12 in the nightcap against Clarion, but decisions by Rory Bonner and Lyster evened the score and then Stolfi recorded his 15th pin of the season to clinch the six-point victory for Bucknell (5-6, 2-0 EIWA).

    Clarion (6-10) and Brown also wrestled in between the two Bucknell matches and the Golden Eagles posted a 24-16 win against the Bears.

    The Bison had 10 individual victories on Saturday and five of them were by pin. Petrov added another bonus-point win with a major decision to open the day against Brown.

    Despite Petrov’s early victory, the Bison trailed Brown 19-10 with just two bouts to go. After a scoreless first period, Lyster scored five quick points on a reversal and a near fall midway through the second period. He followed immediately with a pin, his third of the season. Stolfi then took to the mat knowing a decision would tie the score, but he pinned Ryder Cavey in 2:34 after building a 4-1 advantage.

    Connor Lapresi and Barrick also posted wins by decision against Brown, which fell to 0-5, 0-4 EIWA.

    A comeback by the heavier weights was again needed in the nightcap as the Bison won four of the final bouts. They nearly won all five as 174-pounder Joey Krulock battled back from a 5-0 second-period deficit to force overtime against Ryan Darch, but Darch recorded a takedown in the first 20 seconds of the overtime period to give the Golden Eagles an 18-12 advantage.

    Rory Bonner got the comeback started for Bucknell as he won the 184-pound bout by a 6-1 score. He held a 2-1 lead at the end of the second period, but outscored Dustin Conti 4-0 over the final two minutes of wrestling.

    Lyster then captured his 13th win of the season with an easy 7-0 decision over Daniel Sutherland after a scoreless first period. Stolfi then followed with a second-period pin of Even Daley after building a 9-0 lead. It was Stolfi’s 15th pin in his 19 victories this season. He ranks second in the nation in wins by fall and is now tied for fourth on the program’s single-season pins list and seventh on the career ledger (24).

    Bucknell, which has won three matches in a row for the first time since February 2011, will continue its weekend homestand Sunday with a 2 p.m. match against EIWA foe Penn. The match will air live and free of charge on Bison Vision on the Patriot League Network.

    Bucknell 22, Brown 19
    125: Paul Petrov (Bu) maj. dec. Vincent Moita (Br), 11-3.
    133: Anthony Finocchiaro (Br) dec. Grim Gonzalez (Bu), 8-3.
    141: Connor Lapresi (Bu) dec. Jack Twomey-Kozak (Br), 4-0.
    149: Cortlandt Choate (Br) dec. Victor Lopez (Bu), 9-5.
    157: Justin Staudenmayer (Br) maj. dec. Logan Kerin (Bu), 9-0.
    165: Rustin Barrick (Bu) dec. Philip Marano (Br), 6-1.
    174: Ricky McDonald (Br) dec. Joey Krulock (Bu), 4-1.
    184: No. 9 Ophir Bernstein (Br) pinned Rory Bonner (Bu), 1:39.
    197: Tyler Lyster (Bu) pinned Augustus Marker (Br), 4:08.
    285: No. 19 Joe Stolfi (Bu) pinned Ryder Cavey (Br), 2:34.

    Clarion 24, Brown 16
    125: Hunter Jones (C) dec. Vincent Moita (B), 9-6.
    133: Sam Sherlock (C) dec. Anthony Finocchiaro (B), 9-6.
    141: Tyler Bedelyon (C) pinned Jack Twomey-Kozak (B), 6:58.
    149: Justin Arthur (C) dec. Cortlandt Choate (B), 9-3.
    157: Austin Matthews (C) dec. Justin Staudenmayer (B), 8-2.
    165: Michael Pavasko (C) dec. Philip Marano (B), 4-1.
    174: Ricky McDonald (B) maj. dec. Ryan Darch (C), 12-4.
    184: No. 9 Ophir Bernstein (B) pinned Dustin Conti (C), 4:12.
    197: Augustus Marker (B) pinned Daniel Sutherland (C), 2:04.
    285: Evan Daley (C) dec. Ryder Cavey (B), 9-5.

    Bucknell 24, Clarion 18
    125: Paul Petrov (B) pinned Hunter Jones (C), 4:07.
    133: Sam Sherlock (C) dec. Grim Gonzalez (B), 6-2.
    141: Tyler Bedelyon (C) pinned Connor Lapresi (B), 5:33.
    149: Justin Arthur (C) dec. Victor Lopez (B), 7-1.
    157: Austin Matthews (C) dec. Ray Schlitt (B), 7-2.
    165: Rustin Barrick (B) pinned Shawn Nelson (C), 3:25.
    174: Ryan Darch (C) dec. Joey Krulock (B), 9-7 (sv1)
    184: Rory Bonner (B) dec. Dustin Conti (C), 6-1.
    197: Tyler Lyster (B) dec. Daniel Sutherland (C), 7-0.
    285: No. 19 Joe Stolfi (B) pinned Evan Daley (C), 4:01.

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