LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Columbia wrestling team rallied from a 15-point deficit to within one point of Bucknell Friday night, but the Bison were able to hold on with victories in the final two matches to knock off the Lions, 24-14, inside Davis Gym.
Bucknell rushed out to an early 15-0 advantage on Columbia, taking three decisions and a pin in the opening four matches. No. 18/18 Jake O'Hara got the Lions on the board in the 157-pound match, earning a 10-2 major decision over Vincent Favia. After building a 7-1 lead in the first period with two takedowns and a near fall, O'Hara would stay in control through the remainder of the match to secure the win giving Columbia four points.
Josh Houldsworth followed suit in the 165-pound bout, picking up his fourth major decision of the season over Ray Schlitt. Houldsworth notched four points in each of the first two periods and added another for riding time to raise the final tally to 9-0 and bring the team score to 15-8 in favor of Bucknell.
For the third straight match, the Lions came out on top, as No. 17/- Stephen West garnered a 4-2 decision over Stephen McPeek. The match entered the third period scoreless, but West used an escape, takedown and the riding time point to tally his 16th win of the season and get the Lions within four, 15-11.
In the loudest match of the night inside Davis Gym, Drew Rebling took advantage of the full time allotment, scoring a reversal in the final seconds of the third period to tie the match at 6-6. Having maintained the top position throughout much of the second and third periods, Rebling earned the riding time point and the win, 7-6, for Columbia. The victory, Rebling's seventh of the year, got the Lions within one, 15-14.
It would be as close as the Lions would get though, as Bucknell came away with wins in the final two matches to close out the match, 24-14. The Lions will wrestle at home for the first time this season next Saturday, Jan. 26, when they host American for a noon matchup inside University (Blue) Gym.
125 - Austin
Miller (Buck) won by decision over Penn Gottfried (Columbia) 9-2
133 - Paul Petrov (Buck) won by pin over Andrew Grabfelder (Columbia) 4:08
141 - Derrik Russell (Buck) won by decision over Angelo Amenta (Columbia) 2-1
149 - Adam Healey (Buck) won by decision over Ryan Ponte (Columbia) 6-1
157 - Jake O'Hara (Columbia) won by major decision over Vincent Favia (Buck) 10-2
165 - Josh Houldsworth (Columbia) won by major decision over Ray Schlitt (Buck) 9-0
174 - Stephen West (Columbia) won by decision over Stephen McPeek (Buck) 4-2
184 - Drew Rebling (Columbia) won by decision over Robert Marchese (Buck) 7-6
197 - Tyler Lyster (Bucknell) won by decision over Nick Mills (Columbia) 5-2
285 - Joe Stolfi (Bucknell) won by pin over Chris Manna (Columbia) 6:35