PRINCETON, N.J. - Matt Fullowan nabbed seventh place at 174 pounds to highlight Franklin & Marshall's final day of competition at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships on Sunday at Princeton. The Diplomats finished 12th in the 14-team field with a total of 29 points. Cornell captured the team title with 151.5 points, followed by Lehigh (149) and American (103).
Fullowan, a 2011 NCAA qualifier, kept his hopes of a potential NCAA wild card bid alive with a convincing triumph over eighth-seeded Ian Korb of Pennsylvania. The F&M senior blanked Korb, 8-0, in the battle for seventh at 174.
At 141 pounds, Richard Durso, who already secured a spot in the NCAA Championships with a trio of wins on Saturday, fell to Lehigh's Stephen Dutton in the consolation semifinals. Dutton downed Durso by decision, 14-7, before going on to nab third place. Despite the loss, Durso placed in the top-six and will compete at the NCAA's in two weeks.
Andrew Murano (149) and Colin Ely (197) also competed in the seventh-place bouts of their respective weight classes on Sunday. Murano fell to Zachary Bintliff of Princeton by a 9-3 decision, while Ely was edged out by Harvard's James Fox, 2-0. While both Diplomats fell short in their quest for seventh, their eight-place finishes gave F&M four placewinners, marking the first time since 1976 that the Diplomats sent four wrestlers to the podium.
Durso will travel to St. Louis for the NCAA Championships from March 15-17, while Fullowan must now wait for at-large bids to be announced next week.