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    Bucknell tops Franklin & Marshall to pick up first win

    LANCASTER, Pa. -- Tyler Smith scored three third-period takedowns to come back to defeat No. 13 Rick Durso at 141 pounds and Bucknell totaled four bonus-point victories as it picked up its first win of the season by a 33-3 score Friday at Franklin & Marshall. The Bison won nine of the 10 bouts to improve to 1-1 overall and 1-1 against EIWA competition on the young season. The Diplomats fell to 1-3, 0-2 EIWA.

    Smith, a 2015 NCAA qualifier who suffered a disappointing loss last week against Lehigh, bounced back in grand fashion against Durso, a three-time NCAA qualifier and former All-American who is ranked 13th nationally according to Intermat. Durso held an advantage entering the third period, but Smith totaled an escape and three takedowns in the period, including one late in the clock for an 11-10 decision.

    Bucknell built a 27-0 lead by winning each of the first seven bouts, four of which were for bonus points. No. 14 Paul Petrov posted an easy 16-3 major decision at 125 pounds to open the match, while Grim Gonzalez improved to 2-0 this year with an 8-2 decision at 133 pounds. Smith's win then made it 10-0.

    No. 19 Victor Lopez held off Jason Bing, 6-5, at 149 pounds before Logan Kerin (157), Robert Schlitt (165) and Rustin Barrick (174) followed with easier victories. Kerin and Schlitt won by major decision by a combined 17 points, while Barrick posted a pin of Colin Gironda just before the buzzer. Barrick held a commanding 9-1 lead at the time of the fall.

    Tyler Greene and Chuck Boddy finished off the match with decisions for the Bison. Greene came one point shy of a major decision, while Boddy's first career dual victory was by a 4-1 score over Antonio Pelusi.

    Bucknell's lone loss was a close one was freshman Nick Stephani fell by a 3-2 decision at 184 pounds.

    The Bison have now defeated Franklin and Marshall in six of the last seven meetings, including each of the last two years. Bucknell won last year's match in Lewisburg by a 33-6 score.

    The Bison still have more wrestling on the schedule for the weekend. They will travel to East Lansing, Michigan, for Sunday's Michigan State Open.

    125: No. 14 Paul Petrov (B) maj. dec. Edgar Garcia (F&M), 16-3.
    133: Grim Gonzalez (B) dec. Scott Stevens (F&M), 8-2.
    141: Tyler Smith (B) dec. No. 13 Rick Durso (F&M), 11-10.
    149: No. 19 Victor Lopez (B) dec. Jason Bing (F&M), 6-5.
    157: Logan Kerin (B) maj. dec. Andy Francos (F&M), 17-8.
    165: Robert Schlitt (B) maj. dec. Gordon Bolig (F&M), 11-3.
    174: Rustin Barrick (B) pinned Colin Gironda (F&M), 6:59.
    184: Anthony Mancini (F&M) dec. Nick Stephani (B), 3-2.
    197: Tyler Greene (B) dec. Charles Kerkesner (F&M), 15-8.
    285: Chuck Boddy (B) dec. Antonio Pelusi (F&M), 4-1.

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