LANCASTER, Pa. – After going 23 matches without a victory, Franklin & Marshall's wrestlers have posted two wins in a row. The Diplomats (2-9) took eight weight classes in a 34-9 win in its annual match with Gettysburg (5-11), extending their lead in the series to 59-6-2.
The Diplomats gave up 125 pounds via forfeit to Abe Evans (10-7) and saw Gettysburg's heavyweight, Bobby Christopher (21-6) win on a late takedown of Dan Canfield (9-17), but everything in between was all F&M.
133-pounder, Jake Bucha (26-4), negated the forfeit early in the second period, picking Matt Spano's (18-18) ankle and taking him directly to his back 18 seconds in. It was Bucha's third pin in as many matches, the seventh of the season, and the tenth of his career.
Bucha's pin was also the first of three for F&M on the night.
Anthony Bongarzone (12-15) slipped in a cradle as Anthony Iorio (8-4) tried to work to his feet. The Diplomats' senior rolled the Bullets' 165-pounder straight to his back for a pin at 2:28. Colin Ely (15-4), in his first action since mid-January, showed no signs of rust as he recorded a first period pin of Marshall Puls (9-18) at 197. Ely moved to 7-0 in dual meets this season.
Following the Bucha pin, Aaron Velasquez (4-12) gave F&M its first lead of the night by way of a 9-7 decision of Dan Traficanti (9-17). After rolling up a fistful of back points, Velasquez came dangerously close to securing another F&M pin at the buzzer in the first, but ran out of time. Traficanti tried to work his way out of the early hole, but Velasquez outlasted the Bullets' freshman to make it 9-6 in favor of F&M.
Andrew Murano (5-13) extended the lead with a late takedown of Matt Danielson (4-6) at 149. Murano and Danielson scored early by countering each other's shots early, but Murano was the first wrestler to secure points on his own offense, taking a 5-4 lead at the second period buzzer. Working from the bottom in the third, Danielson finally got free with 29 seconds remaining. Undaunted, Murano secured his final takedown with five seconds left in the bout to make it the 7-5 final.
Eric Norgard (6-16) continued the run using three takedowns, a pair of back points and escapes, and a boatload of advantage time for his second major of the season. His win at 157 ran the lead to 16-6 heading into Bongarzone's pin.
Matt Fullowan (21-11) and Matt Latessa (4-15) followed on with respective decisions at 174 and 184. Fullowan's win his fifth in as many and ninth in his last 10. Latessa's victory was his third straight, marking the longest winning streak of his career.
The Diplomats return to action Friday night against NYU. F&M will honor its seniors prior to the 8:00 p.m. start at Mayser Center.
Franklin & Marshall 34, Gettysburg 9
125: Abe Evans (GC) by forfeit
133: Jake Bucha (F&M) pinned Matt Spano, 3:42
141: Aaron Velasquez (F&M) dec. Dan Traficanti, 9-7
149: Andrew Murano (F&M) dec. Matt Danielson, 7-5
157: Eric Norgard (F&M) maj. dec. Joe Fiore, 11-3
165: Anthony Bongarzone (F&M) pinned Anthony Iorio, 2:28
174: Matt Fullowan (F&M) dec. Jared Leon, 9-3
184: Matt Latessa (F&M) dec. D.J. Neri, 5-3
197: Colin Ely (F&M) pinned Marhsall Puls, 2:23
285: Bobby Christopher (GC) dec. Dan Canfield, 6-4