Durso Claims Third at Navy Classic

Durso Claims Third at Navy Classic

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Richard Durso took third place to lead a group of three Franklin & Marshall placewinners at the Navy Classic on Saturday. The Diplomats totaled 31 points to secure eighth in a field of nine teams. Kent State finished atop the team standings with 115.5 points, edging out Navy (109.5) for the crown.

Durso reached the semifinals of the 141-pound bracket by opening with wins by major decision and decision, respectively. The sophomore topped Cleveland State's Nick Flannery 15-4 before downing Sahid Kargbo of George Mason 2-0 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Navy's Joe Locksmith outlasted Durso by decision, 3-1, knocking him into the consolation side of the draw. From there, Durso defeated Alex Johnson of Navy with a 12-1 major decision and Kent State's Andy Candiello by a 5-2 decision to claim third.

Aaron Moldoff and Adam Schroeder also earned top-six finishes for F&M. Moldoff grabbed fifth at 125, while Schroeder secured sixth at 174.

Moldoff went 3-2 on the day, opening with a pin of Navy's Ryan Hedgcorth in 2:36 and a 12-6 decision over The Citadel's Steven Cox to advance to the semifinals. The freshman then dropped two straight bouts, but rebounded with a 2-1 decision against Jericho Uremenita of Navy in the fifth-place match.

After falling in his opening bout to top-seeded Oscar Huntley of Navy, Shroeder reeled off four straight victories in the backdraw to set up a rematch with Huntley in the consolation semifinals. The sophomore went on to drop his final two bouts to earn sixth and give F&M three placewinners in the event.

Robert Ruiz and Rob King also posted multiple victories on the day for the Diplomats. Ruiz secured two backdraw victories at 133 after being edged out by a 7-3 decision to top-seeded Colton Rasche of Navy in the first round, while King notched two tight wins by decision at 157.

F&M returns to action next Saturday at the Mat-Town Open at Lock Haven.