Bucknell took control with five straight decisions to open the match. The match between No. 23 Paul Petrov and BU’s 32nd-ranked David White was a wild affair that went to a third sudden victory period. Petrov prevailed 10-8 and the Bison gained another toss-up match at 149 when Victor Lopez edged Joe Bonaldi 7-6. By the time sophomore 165-pound Vincent Grella earned a 6-4 decision, the Bearcats were in a big deficit.
Junior 184-pound Caleb Wallace gave BU its second win of the night and Reed followed with a 12-2 major decision at 197. The win extends Reed’s win streak to 11 matches and raises his record to 24-8 overall, 14-3 in duals. In a battle of ranked heavyweights, Bucknell’s Joe Stolfi shook off an early 2-0 disadvantage and posted a major decision over junior Tyler Deuel. The loss snapped Deuel’s 10-match win streak and was just his third dual defeat of the season.
Highlights from Bucknell:
2/22 Bloomsburg Dual
Once again, despite the 12-28 loss, the boys got a lot of experience against ranked wrestlers at the Bloomsburg dual.
The highlight win for BU was junior 149-pound Joe Bonaldi, who worked into a second sudden victory period to edge No. 19 Bryce Busler.
Senior 197-pound Cody Reed had a strong match against No. 6 Richard Perry, battling to the final whistle in a 3-2 loss. The defeat snapped Reed’s 11-match win streak.
These matches wrapped up the regular season for the Bearcats and they will now be preparing for postseason EIWA Championship and the NCAA's!