LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall concluded a busy weekend of dual meet action with a 29-12 setback at the hands of Harvard in Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) action on Saturday afternoon at the Mayser Center. The Diplomats (0-10) and Crimson (3-1) are now deadlocked in the all-time series with 12 wins apiece.
David Hershberger gave F&M an early 6-0 advantage with a win by forfeit at 125 pounds, but 13th-ranked Steven Keith of Harvard responded for the Crimson with a major decision at 133 over Robert Ruiz to cut the Diplomat edge to 6-4.
At 141, Richard Durso defeated Patrick Hogan by decision, 7-2, to extend the F&M lead to 9-4. The freshman secured the early edge with a takedown of Hogan just 15 seconds into the first period. Hogan bounced back with a takedown of his own at the 1:33 point of period two, before Durso countered with a reversal to re-take the lead for good. Durso added another reversal in period three and compiled over five minutes of riding time throughout the bout for the final 7-2 victory.
The Crimson notched two pins and a major decision in the ensuing three bouts to jump out to an 11-point lead, before Matt Fullowan completed an unbeaten weekend at 174 for the Diplomats with a 4-0 shutout decision against Bryan Panzano. Fullowan, who has now won four straight dual matches, including a triumph over 20th-ranked Hunter Meys of Boston on Friday, jockeyed for position with Panzano for over a minute to begin the bout. The F&M senior then pounced with a takedown halfway through the first period and went on to tally two additional points via penalty and riding time to pull F&M within striking distance at 20-12.
F&M came up short down the stretch with three losses by decision to close out the match, including a narrow defeat for Colin Ely at 197. Trailing 3-1 heading into the final period, Ely registered an escape with 1:19 remaining to claw within 3-2 of the Crimson's James Fox. With under a minute left, Ely nearly delivered a takedown of Fox that would have given him the lead in the closing seconds, but Fox slipped from his grasp after being slammed to the mat and snuck away with the win.
The Diplomats return to action on Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Shorty Hitchcock Classic hosted by Millersville at 9:00 am.
Harvard (HARV) 29.0 Franklin & Marshall (F&M) 12.0
125: David Hershberger, F&M, forf. (0-6)
133: Steven Keith, HARV, maj. dec. Robert Ruiz, F&M, 10-2 (4-6)
141: Richard Durso, F&M, dec. Patrick Hogan, HARV, 7-2 (4-9)
149: Corey Jantzen, HARV, maj. dec. Andrew Murano, F&M, 11-0 (8-9)
157: Walter Peppelman, HARV, pinned Eric Norgard, F&M, 2:04 (14-9)
165: Paul Liguori, HARV, pinned Chris Bache, F&M, 1:13 (20-9)
174: Matt Fullowan, F&M, dec. Bryan Panzano, HARV, 4-0 (20-12)
184: Cameron Croy, HARV, dec. Matt Latessa, F&M, 10-4 (23-12)
197: James Fox, HARV, dec. Colin Ely, F&M, 3-2 (26-12)
285: David Ng, HARV, dec. Alex Henry, F&M, 8-2 (29-12)