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    Bucknell tops Lock Haven, LeValley ties school record

    LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- Kevin LeValley (Hugo, Colo./Limon) tied the Bucknell single-season record for wins and the Bison claimed seven of the 10 bouts as they defeated Lock Haven 25-12 Friday evening. The win improved Bucknell's season record to 10-6, the third time in the last four years the Bison have reached double-figures in victories.

    LeValley, who is ranked seventh nationally at 149 pounds, posted a 17-0 technical fall over Zach Kell to claim his 33rd victory of the season and tie a record he now shares with teammates Andy Rendos, Shane Riccio and Brian Pitzer. LeValley is now 33-5 and has won seven consecutive bouts. Remarkably, each of his last four wins have come by shutout with an aggregate score of 56-0. He has two major decisions and two technical falls over that span.

    The Bison actually trailed 6-0 after forfeiting the 125-pound weight class, but they won the next six bouts to take a commanding 22-6 advantage en route to their first-ever victory over the Bald Eagles. Bucknell, which had three bonus-point wins in the first three matches contested Friday, had been 0-16 all-time against Lock Haven (2-7).

    Each of Bucknell's four ranked wrestlers came away victorious Friday, led by LeValley. David Marble (Harpursville, N.Y./Harpursville Central), who is ranked 17th at 133 pounds, won the lone battle on the evening between ranked opponents as he posted a 12-1 major decision over No. 20 John Trumbetti. It was Marble's seventh consecutive win as he improved his season mark to 23-7.

    No. 10 Andy Rendos (Brockway, Pa./Brockway Area), wrestling for the second time this week after missing a month due to injury, won at 165 pounds by a 7-3 decision. No. 16 Shane Riccio (Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills) followed that up with a 4-0 shutout at 174, his sixth straight win. He is now 29-7 on the year and he kept pace with Marble on the career ledger as both seniors have 104 career wins.

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    John Regan (Plum Borough, Pa./Kiski School) gave Bucknell the lead for good with a 14-2 major decision at 141, while Jay Hahn (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) claimed a 10-4 decision at 197, rounding out the scoring for the Bison.

    Brantley Hooks (Spartanburg, S.C./James F. Byrnes) earned Bucknell's other win, claiming the 157-pound bout 10-5 over Seth Creasy.

    With Friday's victory, Bucknell is now guaranteed of finishing over .500 for the second consecutive year. The Bison last accomplished that feat in 1993-94 and 1994-95. Additionally, Bucknell has now reached double-figure wins in back-to-back years for the first time in program history.

    Friday's match was the fourth in a five-match road trip for the Bison, who improved to 5-1 on the road this season.

    Bucknell will wrap up its five-match road trip next Friday, Feb. 12, at George Mason. Match time is 7 p.m. in Fairfax, Va.

    Results:
    *125: Nick Hyatt (LHU) wins by forfeit
    133: #17 David Marble (BU) major dec. #20 John Trumbetti (LHU) 12-1 (1:48 RT)
    141: John Regan (BU) major dec. Justin Loudon (LHU) 14-2 (4:12 RT)
    149: #7 Kevin LeValley (BU) tech fall Zach Kell (LHU) 17-0 (6:44)
    157: Brantley Hooks (BU) dec. Seth Creasy (LHU) 10-5 (1:48 RT)
    165: #10 Andy Rendos (BU) dec. Kevin Dufresne (LHU) 7-3
    174: #16 Shane Riccio (BU) dec. Derek Caldwell (LHU) 4-0 (3:31 RT)
    184: Jeremie Cook (LHU) dec Rob Walkto (BU) 6-4 OT
    197: Jay Hahn (BU) dec. Harry Turner (LHU) 10-4 (2:50 RT)
    HWT: Dan Craig (LHU) dec. Joe McMullan (BU) 3-2

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