LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Richard Durso, Colin Ely and Matt Fullowan each secured sixth-place finishes to lead the Franklin & Marshall wrestling team at the Mat Town Invitational hosted by Lock Haven on Thursday. The Diplomats totaled 27.5 points to finish eighth in a field of 11 teams that included three nationally-ranked squads.
Eighth-ranked Michigan won the team title with 141 points, while No. 9 Pittsburgh took second with 126 points and No. 22 Kent St. nabbed third with 110.5. Bloomsburg (91.5) and Columbia (87) rounded out the top five.
Durso defeated a pair of Bloomsburg opponents at 141 pounds to place sixth. After an opening round loss, Durso notched victories over Matthew Hicks and Derek Shingara to up his team-leading win total to 13 on the year. The freshman took down Hicks with a 15-3 major decision, before outlasting Shingara, 4-3. Durso has now placed in each of the three tournaments in which the Diplomats have competed this year, having already recorded a sixth-place finish at the Navy Classic and third-place mark at the Mat Town Open.
At 174, Fullowan started strong with back-to-back wins by decision to open the day. The senior edged Pittsburgh's Patrick Tasser 5-3 in the opening round and followed that up with a 3-1 victory against Matthew Brock of Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in round two, avenging a 3-2 loss to Brock in the Diplomats match against the Keydets earlier this year. Fullowan then fell in the semifinals to top-seeded Justin Zeerip of Michigan and later placed sixth after a pair of tight losses.
Ely placed for the third time this year at 197 with wins over Sacred Heart's Sam Morrison and Columbia's Matt Idelson. Ely won via fall over Morrison in his first backdraw match in 3:10 to record his first win of the day. He then made it two straight wins with an 8-5 win by decision against Idelson. Ely joins Durso as one of two Diplomats to have placed in all three tournament this season. The senior brought home silver at the Mat Town Open and took sixth at the Navy Classic.
David Hershberger posted his first career pin at 125 over Sacred Heart's Joe Harris in the first round, while Isaiah Cromwell tallied a pair of victories at 197 for F&M by downing two Sacred Heart wrestlers. Cromwell bested Sam Morrison by decision, 5-3, in the opening round and later defeated Renaldo Cuko via fall for his third pin of the season.
The Diplomats return home on Friday, Jan. 6 for a non-conference matchup against Boston at 7:30 pm at the Mayser Center.