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    Bucknell defeats MSU to earn fourth straight victory

    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Bucknell wrestling team continued its recent hot streak on Sunday as it traveled to Michigan State and defeated the Spartans 25-12. It was the fourth straight win for the Bison, who are ranked 25th nationally.

    Bucknell (4-1), which has won four straight matches for the first time since late in the 2009-10 season, won for the first time in three tries in the short series with Michigan State (3-5). The difference was bonus points as four of the Bison’s six individual victories were by major decision, tech fall or fall.

    No. 16 Paul Petrov got the match started well for Bucknell at 125 pounds as he pinned Mitch Rogaliner is just 19 seconds.

    After a one-point decision by Hermilo Esquivel over Grim Gonzalez at 133 cut the Bison lead in half, Bucknell reeled off three straight victories. Tyler Smith returned to the lineup with a 9-1 major at 141, while Victor Lopez pitched a 2-0 shutout at 149. Rustin Barrick followed with a 12-3 major decision at 157 to stake Bucknell to a 17-3 advantage.

    The Spartans could only draw as close as five points (17-12) after three consecutive decisions at 165, 174 and 184.

    A win by 5-2 decision at 197 by Tyler Lyster over Nick McDiarmid clinched the match for the Bison, who defeated a member of the Big Ten for the first time since the program was reinstated prior to the 2006-07 season.

    Nationally ranked Joe Stolfi finished the match off with a win for Bucknell, posting a dominating 15-0 tech fall at 285 pounds. It was his team-high 20th victory of the season and he is 5-0 in duals this year.

    The Bison will have a short break before taking part in the Virginia Duals in Hampton, Virginia, this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9-10.

    Results:
    125: No. 16 Paul Petrov (BU) pinned Mitch Rogaliner (MSU), 0:19. BU leads, 6-0
    133: Hermilo Esquivel (MSU) dec. Grim Gonzalez (BU), 4-3. BU leads, 6-3
    141: Tyler Smith (BU) major dec. Garth Yenter (MSU), 9-1. BU leads, 10-3
    149: Victor Lopez (BU) dec. Nick Trimble (MSU), 2-0. BU leads, 13-3
    157: Rustin Barrick (BU) major dec. Roger Wildmo (MSU), 12-3. BU leads, 17-3
    165: Ryan Watts (MSU) dec. Robert Schlitt (BU), 8-3. BU leads, 17-6
    174: Nick Proctor (MSU) dec. Rory Bonner (BU), 4-2. BU leads, 17-9
    184: John Rizqallah (MSU) dec. Tom Sleigh (BU), 3-2. BU leads, 17-12
    197: Tyler Lyster (BU) dec. Nick McDiarmid (MSU), 5-2. BU leads, 20-12
    HWT: No. 19 Joe Stolfi (BU) tech. fall Luke Jones (MSU), 15-0 (4:49). BU wins, 25-12

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