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January 19, 2007
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Shaun Smith's win sealed Liberty's victory over Bucknell

Shaun Smith's win sealed Liberty's victory over Bucknell

Bucknell opened up a sizable lead early on in the match, but the Flames took four of the last five weight classes to rally for a 25-24 victory over the Bison, Friday evening, at Davis Gym. 

With the victory, the Flames raise their record to 9-6 on the year and the loss drops Bucknell's overall record to an even 8-8 on the season. 

Homestanding Bucknell started the match-up with back-to-back wins by fall as Andy Rendos downed Chad Porter at 165 pounds (4:47) and Shane Riccio pinned Jonathan Campbell at 174 pounds (2:03). 

The Flames got on the scoreboard at 184 pounds as Chris Daggett won a high-scoring 11-8 decision over George Mann; however, the Bison widened its lead to 18-3 as Eric Lapotsky defeated Rory Bosek by fall (1:42) at 197 pounds. 

Patrick Walker started the Flames' comeback as the heavyweight pinned George Hingson (4:23). Christian Smith followed with a 9-4 decision win over Greg Hart at 125 pounds, pulling Liberty within six points, 18-12. 

David Marble pushed Bucknell's lead to 12 points, 24-12, after picking up a win by medical default over Sam Walters at 133 pounds. But the six points would prove to be the final ones for the Bison as Liberty closed out the match with three-straight wins to pick up the victory. 

Tim Harner started the Flames' run to victory with a win by fall over Zach Galligan (6:16) at 141 pounds, followed by Aaron Kelley's 12-4 major decision win over Jack Conroy at 149 pounds. 

And with the match hanging in the balance, Shaun Smith gave Liberty's its first lead at the time when it mattered most as the 157-pounder defeated Brantley Hooks in a close 4-3 decision, giving the Flames the victory. 

Liberty returns to action tomorrow in a tri-match against Messiah and Wilkes with Wilkes hosting the event which starts at 11 a.m.

Liberty 25, Bucknell 24
165 - Andy Rendos (Bucknell) pinned Chad Porter (Liberty) (4:47) - Bucknell 6-0
174 - Shane Riccio (Bucknell) pinned Jonathan Campbell (Liberty) (2:03) – Bucknell 12-0
184 - Chris Daggett (Liberty) dec. George Mann (Bucknell), 11-8 – Bucknell 12-3
197 - Eric Lapotsky (Bucknell) pinned Rory Bosek (Liberty) (1:42) – Bucknell 18-3
HWT - Patrick Walker (Liberty) pinned George Hingson (Bucknell) (4:23) – Bucknell 18-9
125 - Christian Smith (Liberty) dec. Greg Hart (Bucknell), 9-4 – Bucknell 18-12
133 - David Marble (Bucknell) medical def. Sam Walters (Liberty) – Bucknell 24-12
141 - Tim Harner (Liberty) pinned Zach Galligan (Bucknell) (6:16) – Bucknell 24-18
149 - Aaron Kelley (Liberty) major dec. Jack Conroy (Bucknell), 12-4 – Bucknell 24-22
157 - Shaun Smith (Liberty) dec. Brantley Hooks (Bucknell), 4-3 – Liberty 25-24