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Flames Fall to Bison in Afternoon Dual
With the victory, the Bison raise their record to 8-6 on the season and avenge a 25-24 home loss to the Flames on Jan. 19, 2007. The loss keeps the Flames winless in their last four dual events and drops Liberty's season mark to 5-7-1.
Two forfeited match-ups were sandwiched between eight bouts, as Bucknell's Derek Reber at 125 pounds and Liberty's Patrick Walker at heavyweight were uncontested to give each squad six team points.
At 133 pounds, David Marble continued his dominance over the Flames, as the junior picked up his third consecutive win over a Liberty wrestler in three seasons. This go around, Marble quickly added to the Bison's advantage, pinning Liberty's Cameron Hurd at 1:42.
Fresh off his victory over No. 11 Joe Caramancia at N.C. State last weekend, Liberty's Tim Harner extended his winning streak to six bouts, with a convincing win at 141 pounds. Leading 5-0 after the first period of action, the senior brought the match-up to an end with his team leading sixth fall of the year, pinning Adam Healey at 4:05 to pull the Flames back within six points, 12-6.
The Flames looked like they were going to continue to cut into the Bison advantage, as Frankie Gayeski led going into the waning seconds of his bout with Kevin LeValley at 149 pounds. However, the Lehigh transfer was called for stalling with two ticks left on the match clock, tying the match-up at 4-4, which then went in LeValley's favor as the sophomore ended with a riding time advantage.
The one point victory for Bucknell jump started a run of six consecutive victories to end the dual. Tyler Riccio continued things for the Bison with a 7-2 decision over Julian Colon at 157 pounds, while No. 12 Andy Rendos scored an 18-2 technical fall win over Josh Duren 13 seconds into the second period at 165 pounds.
Shane Riccio posted his eighth straight victory, with an 18-1 technical fall win over Eli Sanchez at 174 pounds in the third period (5:54), pushing the home team's lead to 28-6.
David Thompson won his second straight bout over Chris Daggett, with this year's decision coming in a win by fall, as Bucknell's 184-pounder pinned Liberty senior at 5:00.
Nathan Jones closed out the run for the Bison with a 7-4 decision over Brandon Johnson at 197 pounds, closing out the Flames final dual in January.
The Flames will take the next 10 days off, before Liberty returns the wrestling mats for two road bouts on Feb. 3. The Flames will open the day in Buies Creek, N.C., for 1 p.m. dual with Campbell before trekking over to Greensboro, N.C., to take on UNC Greensboro at 7 p.m.