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    Oklahoma State defeats Bucknell, Caldwell upset

    LEWISBURG, Pa. -- For the second straight day the Bucknell wrestling team faced a top-five opponent and for the second straight day Corey Lear and Tyler Lyster came away with wins. The Bison lost to No. 2 Oklahoma State by a 37-6 score Monday evening in front of 824 fans in Sojka Pavilion, but Lear and Lyster provided a couple of highlights one day after both won bouts against No. 5 Iowa in Madison Square Garden.

    Oklahoma State (7-0) led 24-0 by the time Lear took to the mat in the 165-pound weight class to go up against No. 3-ranked Tyler Caldwell, who entered the bout with a perfect 9-0 mark this year. The score was 0-0 after the first period. Caldwell took a 2-0 lead on a reversal in the second period, but a Lear escape and a penalty point for Caldwell locking his hands evened the score. Caldwell had the riding time point secured in the third period and was whistled for a stall warning. Shortly thereafter he began wrestling and Lear was able to score a reversal. He then held on to the 4-2 lead and ended up winning 4-3 after Caldwell's riding time point.

    Lear's win was his 11th straight overall and his second over a ranked opponent in as many days. Sunday he defeated No. 16 Nick Moore of Iowa. Lear is now a team-best 16-3 on the season and is a perfect 5-0 in duals.

    On Sunday Lyster followed Lear's decision over Moore with a pin. On Monday, he scored a decision in impressive fashion, defeating Darnell Bortz by a 4-2 score at 197 pounds. Lyster's points came on reversals in both the first and third periods. There was some controversy at the end of the bout as the Oklahoma State coaching staff wanted a late escape to be awarded, but it was not.

    Lyster, who won nine matches as a freshman in 2011-12, improved to 13-5 on the year. He is 9-2 in his last 11 bouts and 4-1 in duals this season.

    Bucknell (2-3) typically wrestles in Davis Gym, but Monday's match took place in beautiful Sojka Pavilion, which is the home of the Bison basketball teams. It was the fourth time Bucknell has wrestled in the facility, following a tri-meet with Iowa and Rutgers, the 2011 EIWA Championships and a dual with Nebraska.

    "Sojka Pavilion provides a great atmosphere," said Bucknell head coach Dan Wirnsberger. "LeValley beating (Kyle) Dake (for the 2011 EIWA Championships title) is one of my biggest memories. Corey getting the win tonight is right up there."

    Oklahoma State, which is one of the most storied programs in college wrestling with a record 34 national titles, posted pins in three of the first five bouts on Monday and had six victories overall by bonus points. The Cowboys did have six ranked grapplers in their lineup, including Caldwell.

    Sophomore Austin Miller, who lost 10-8 at 125, and senior Derrik Russell, who lost by a 5-2 score at 141, proved to be the Bison with the best chances at victories besides Lear and Lyster. Miller trailed 9-5 at one point during his bout before mounting a comeback.

    "I see us improving," said Wirnsberger after the match. "I don't know how many teams would take on Iowa and Oklahoma State on back-to-back days. It will only help us."

    Bucknell will now be idle until Jan. 6 when it wrestles at Michigan State and Central Michigan.

    125: Eddie Klimara (OSU) dec. Austin Miller (BU), 10-8
    133: No. 7 Jon Morrison (OSU) pinned Paul Petro (BU), 0:43
    141: Julian Feikert (OSU) dec. Derrick Russell (BU), 5-2
    149: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) pinned Adam Healey (BU); 1:14
    157: No. 8 Alex Dieringer (OSU) pinned Vincent Favia (BU), 1:15
    165: No. 16 Corey Lear (BU) dec. No. 3 Tyler Caldwell (OSU), 4-3
    174: No. 1 Chris Perry (OSU) maj. dec. Stephen McPeek (BU), 26-11
    184: No. 13 Chris Chionuma (OSU) tech. fall Robert Marchese (BU), 22-7
    197: Tyler Lyster (BU) dec. Darnell Bortz (OSU), 4-2
    285: No. 3 Alan Gelogaev (OSU) maj. dec. Joe Stolfi (BU), 17-5

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