Dragons Drop Diplomats

Dragons Drop Diplomats

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall fell to host Drexel, 25-10, in non-conference wrestling action on Saturday in Philadephia. The Diplomats drop to 0-5 on the year, while the Dragons open their season at 1-0.

Robert Ruiz, Matt Fullowan and Matt Latessa each recorded wins for F&M, while a number of other bouts were narrow defeats for the Diplomats.

Ruiz claimed a major decision victory, 11-1, over Franco Ferraina at 133 pounds for his first career win. Fullowan took down Ethan Keiser by decision at 174 pounds, 6-2, before Latessa made it back-to-back Diplomats wins with a 3-2 decision over Alex Rinaldi at 184.

Saturday's match was closer than the final score may indicate, as four of F&M's losses were decided by three points or less. At 125 pounds, David Hershberger dropped a 7-5 decision to Michael Gomez, while Richard Durso was edged out by Frank Cimato, 8-7, at 141.Andrew Murano lost a tough battle at 149 to Shane Fenningham, 7-4, and Colin Ely lost by a 4-3 margin at 197 to Brandon Palik.

The Diplomats return to action on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Navy Classic.

Drexel (DREX) 25, Franklin & Marshall (F&M) 10

125: Michael Gomez, DREX, dec. David Hershberger, F&M, 7-5.

133: Robert Ruiz, F&M, maj. dec. Franco Ferraina, DREX, 11-1.

141: Frank Cimato, DREX, dec. Richard Durso, F&M, 8-7.

149: Shane Fenningham, DREX, dec. Andrew Murano, F&M, 7-4.

157: Austin Sommer, DREX, pinned Eric Norgard, F&M, 5:47.

165: Joe Booth, DREX, maj. dec. Adam Schroeder, F&M, 12-1.

174: Matt Fullowan, F&M, dec. Ethan Keiser, DREX, 6-2.

184: Matt Latessa, F&M, dec. Alex Rinaldi, DREX, 3-2.

197: Brandon Palik, DREX, dec. Colin Ely, F&M, 4-3.

285: Kyle Frey, DREX, dec. Alex Henry, F&M, 9-2.