February 8, 2012

Durso Wins 10th Straight; Diplomats Defeat Bullets

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall captured wins at six weight classes to take down Gettysburg, 29-16, in wrestling action on Wednesday night. The Diplomats improve to 2-12 with the victory, while the loss drops the Bullets to 7-12.

The Diplomats trailed early on as the Bullets came away with wins by decision in each of the first two bouts. Abe Evans defeated David Hershberger at 125 pounds, 8-3, while Matt Spano edged Robert Ruiz, 9-7, at 133 to give Gettysburg a 6-0 advantage.

Richard Durso then turned the tide F&M's way at 141 with his second pin of the season to pull the Diplomats even with the Bullets at 6-6. The freshman took down Andrew Petroulias in 2:24 to record his 10th straight victory.

At 149, Andrew Murano delivered an 18-2 technical fall victory over Tony Stanell to earn five additional points for F&M. Eric Norgard followed with a 6-1 decision against Joe Fiore at 157 to push the F&M advantage to 14-6.

Both sides exchanged wins by forfeit at the ensuing two weight classes to bring the Diplomats' lead to 20-12 with three bouts remaining. Gettysburg's Zach Thomson notched the victory at 165, while Matt Fullowan nabbed the points for F&M at 174.

Matt Latessa and Colin Ely locked up the win for F&M with victories at 184 and 197, respectively. Latessa downed Anton Serhan by decision, 6-3, before Ely registered his team-high seventh pin of the year over Marshall Puls in just 1:50.

Kevin Poplaski scored an 11-3 major decision over Alex Henry in the night's final bout at 285, but it was too little, too late for the Bullets as F&M walked away with the 29-16 triumph.

F&M returns to the mat on Sunday as they travel to Princeton for a tri-meet. The Diplomats will open the day against Clarion at 2:30 pm, before facing off against Princeton at 4:00 pm.

Franklin & Marshall 29, Gettysburg 16                    

125: Abe Evans (G) dec. David Hershberger, 8-3 (0-3)

133: Matt Spano (G) dec. Robert Ruiz, 9-7 (0-6)                                              

141: Richard Durso (F&M) pinned Andrew Petroulias (2:24) (6-6)            

149: Andrew Murano (F&M) tech. fall Tony Stanell, 18-2 (11-6)                

157: Eric Norgard (F&M) dec. Joe Fiore, 6-1 (14-6)                                             

165: Zach Thomson (G) won by forfeit (14-12)                                              

174: Matt Fullowan (F&M) won by forfeit (20-12)                                                

184: Matt Latessa (F&M) dec. Anton Serhan, 6-3 (23-12)                             

197: Colin Ely (F&M) pinned Marshall Puls (1:50) (29-12)                             

285: Kevin Poplaski (G) major dec. Alexander Henry, 11-3 (29-16)                  

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