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    Bucknell posts 24-13 win over Lock Haven

    LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell won three of the final four contested bouts andclaimed a forfeit at 285 pounds to post a 24-13 victory over Lock Haven Thursday evening at Davis Gym. The success at the heavier weights helped the Bison overcome an early 10-8 deficit as they improved to 5-4 on the season and 2-2 at home. The Bald Eagles fell to 6-7 as they saw their two-match winning streak in the series snapped.

    Of Bucknell's six victories, three were by major decision and another went for six points. The Bison's two wins by decision were by a combined eight points.

    Bucknell took the lead for good when D.J. Hollingshead scored a 4-1 decision at 165 pounds. The freshman's first-period takedown against Cody Cordes stood up and gave the Bison an 11-10 edge.

    Senior Rustin Barrick followed with a 14-6 major decision at 174 pounds. It was his team-best seventh consecutive victory as he improved to 17-6 on the season. Barrick led 11-6 in the closing seconds with both he and opponent Tyler Wood circling in the center of the mat. Barrick made a quick strike and registered a takedown with seven seconds left that combined with the riding time vaulted the outcome to a major decision.

    Tom Sleigh had two takedowns and a reversal in the first two periods of the 184-pound bout and ended up with an 8-3 victory over Tristan Sponseller. It was his 10th win in his last 11 bouts.

    Perhaps the most exciting match of the night was at 197 pounds between Tyler Greene and Phil Sprenkle. Sprenkle held a 3-2 lead through two periods. He was whistled for his second stall warning early in the third period, allowing Greene to even the score at 3-3. The bout went to overtime at that score. Just 15 seconds into the first sudden victory overtime period Greene took down Sprenkle and was awarded two points. However, the referee went to the video replay and called Greene for his second stall warning prior to the takedown when his shoe came off, giving the 4-3 victory to Sprenkle.

    Joe Stolfi was then awarded a forfeit at 285 pounds to close the match.

    The first three bouts of the night were major decisions with Bucknell winning two of them. Paul Petrov opened the match with a commanding 14-3 victory at 125 pounds for his 99th career victory, while Tyler Smith earned a 10-2 major decision at 141 pounds.

    Those Bison victories were sandwiched around Lock Haven's Bobby Rehm posting a major decision at 133 pounds for his 99th career victory.

    Bucknell, which is now 12-2 in its last 14 duals in Davis Gym, will be back in action Saturday when it hosts Brown and Havard in Davis Gym. The Brown match will begin at 12 p.m., while the Harvard match will follow approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion. Live results of both will be available via TrackWrestling.com and there is free admission to both matches.

    Bucknell 24, Lock Haven 13
    125: No. 12/11/11 Paul Petrov (B) maj dec. David Sheesley (LH),14-3.
    133: No. --/33/-- Bobby Rehm (LH) maj. dec. Grim Gonzalez (B) 13-2.
    141: No. --/17/-- Tyler Smith (B) maj. dec. Joe Ghione (LH) 10-2.
    149: No. --/25/-- Dan Neff (LH) dec. No. --/26/-- Victor Lopez (B) 8-6.
    157: Aaron McKinney (LH) dec. Zach Kelly (B) 4-3.
    165: D.J. Hollingshead (B) dec. Cody Cordes (LH) 4-1.
    174: No. 20/25/-- Rustin Barrick (B) maj dec Tyler Wood (LH) 14-6.
    184: No. --/23/-- Tom Sleigh (B) dec. Tristan Sponseller (LH) 8-3.
    197: Phil Sprenkle (LH) dec. Tyler Greene (B) 4-3 (sv1).
    285: No. 8/7/16 Joe Stolfi (B) wins by forfeit.

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