LEXINGTON, Va. - Franklin & Marshall fell to host Virginia Military Institute (VMI), 18-17, in a back-and-forth contest that came down to the final bout on Friday night in Lexington.
The Diplomats (0-6) jumped out to an early 13-3 advantage on the strength of victories from David Hershberger, Richard Durso and Andrew Murano. Hershberger won by forfeit at 125 pounds, Durso posted an 11-2 major decision victory over Zeb Stewart at 141, and Andrew Murano defeated David Yost at 149 with a 9-8 decision to give F&M the initial lead.
The Keydets (1-0) responded with four straight narrow wins by decision to take a 15-13 edge heading into the last two matches. Eric Norgard (157) and Matt Fullowan (174) each fell by just one point, while Adam Schroeder and Matt Latessa both also had close calls at 165 and 184, respectively.
With F&M in need of a victory, Colin Ely came through with a 10-1 major decision win to help the Diplomats re-take the lead, but it would not be enough as the Keydets came away with the final bout and the win.
The Diplomats return home on Friday, Dec. 9 to host Navy in their first home contest of the season. Start time is set for 7:30 pm in the Mayser Center.
VMI – 18, Franklin & Marshall – 17
Bout-by-Bout Winner def. Loser Type Score – Running Score: (VMI-F&M)
125: David Hershberger (F&M) wins by Forfeit (0-6)
133: Ryan Goodsell (VMI) def. Robert Ruiz (F&M) dec. 6-3 (3-6)
141: Richard Durso (F&M) def. Zeb Stewart (VMI) Major Dec. 11-2 (3-10)
149: Andrew Murano (F&M) def. David Yost (VMI) Dec. 8-9 (3-13)
157: Michael Burnett (VMI) def. Eric Norgard (F&M) Dec. 7-6 (6-13)
165: Carry Joseph (VMI) def. Adam Schroeder (F&M) Dec. 7-3 (9-13)
174: Matthew Brock (VMI) def. Matt Fullowan (F&M) Dec. 3-2 (12-13)
184: Conor Black (VMI) def. Matt Latessa (F&M) Dec. 8-6 (15-13)
197: Colin Ely (F&M) def. John Dommert (VMI) Major Dec. (15-17)
285: Andrew Embree (VMI) def. Alex Henry (F&M) Dec. 8-3 (18-17)