LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's Richard Durso has been named to the 2013-14 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) DI All-Academic Team. The honor is the first of Durso's career and the fifth in the history of the program with the last coming from Justin Herbert in 2009.
To qualify, wrestlers must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, been an NCAA qualifier, or won 60 percent of his total schedule having competed in at least 60 percent of the team's scheduled competitions. An NCAA All-American with 3.0 cumulative GPA is also eligible.
Durso's run at the NCAA DI Championship in Oklahoma City in March culminated with the junior 141-pounder becoming the program's first All-American in 33 years.
F&M's grappler earned an automatic bid to the tournament after capturing third-place at the Eastern Collegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships in March, claiming a spot on the medal stand for the third straight year. At the NCAA Championships, Durso (37-6) wrapped up action with a 3-3 record to take eighth-place and become F&M's first All-American since Craig Blackman in 1981.
Durso sits second on the program's all-time wins list with 106, just behind Blackman, who accumulated 117 victories during his career. His 37 wins on the year are good for second-most in single season history, a record he holds from the 2012-13 season with 39 victories. Durso's nine pins on the year place fifth all-time in single season history and his career total of 18 places him 13th.