March 23, 2009

Junior Andy Rendos in action at the NCAA Wrestling Championship in St. Louis, Mo.

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Bucknell University's Andy Rendos continued his run through the NCAA Wrestling Championships brackets Saturday at the Scottrade Center and ended up finishing fifth in the 165-pound weight class.

By virtue of the fifth-place finish, Rendos is the first Bison to earn All-America honors since 1995. Additionally, the junior's showing is the second-best at NCAAs by a Bucknell wrestler.

Rendos, who went 1-1 Saturday, entered the day with a chance to finish as high as third. However, he dropped a 7-4 decision to eighth-seeded Jonathan Reader of Iowa State in his first bout.

Five foes in 48 hours
In the fifth-place match, Rendos bounced back to defeat fourth-seeded Moza Fay of Northern Iowa, 9-6. Overall at the NCAA Championships, Rendos, who was unseeded in the tournament, went 5-2 with three wins over top-10 seeds. Rendos faced a total of five seeded foes in a span of just over 48 hours.

Rendos' fifth-place showing is the second-best in Bucknell history, behind Tom Marchetti's fourth-place medal in the 167-pound weight class in 1989. Rendos is also the fourth different All-American in Bison history, joining Marchetti (1989), Bryan Burns (1991) and Bobby Ferraro (1994, 1995).

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