OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Franklin & Marshall's Richard Durso continued his run at the NCAA D1 Wrestling Championships on Thursday night with a 3-2 decision off riding time over No. 5 Chris Mecate of Old Dominion. The win propels Durso into the quarterfinals of the 141-pound bracket where he will face off against No. 4 Devin Carter of Virginia Tech.
Carter took down Michigan's Stephen Dutton III by an 11-7 score in the second round to advance. Durso (36-3) and Carter (16-0) will meet for the first time in the round of eight, which is set to begin tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. ET. The round will be broadcast on ESPNU and will be streamed on ESPN3.com. Fans can also following the live results, which can be found here.
After a slow start to the first period, Mecate struck first with a takedown in the final 20 seconds of the stanza. The Diplomats' junior grappler fought hard to pull away from Mecate's grasp before the horn sounded, but Mecate managed to hold on and prevent the escape.
Durso started the second period in the down position and quickly tied the match at 2-2 by registering a reversal just 15 seconds in. The junior 141 pounder was in full control throughout the period, keeping Mecate on his stomach for the majority of the frame. Mecate made a push in the final seconds of the period to pull away, but Durso held on and pushed his riding time lead to 1:10 heading into the final period.
Mecate chose neutral to start the third and wasted little time taking a shot at Durso, however, F&M's grappler denied the takedown. With just under 20 seconds remaining in the match and Durso holding the advantage on riding time, Mecate grabbed Durso's left leg, looking for the takedown on the edge of the circle. However, Durso managed to hold off the attempt and force his way out of bounds. With action back at center and just seconds remaining, Durso stayed on his feet, capturing the one point for riding time to secure the 3-2 decision.
Tomorrow, Durso will look to advance to the semifinals for the first time in his career after suffering a narrow 9-8 defeat by top-seeded Hunter Stieber of Ohio State in the quarterfinals at last year's championships.