Diplomats Turn Back VMI

Diplomats Turn Back VMI

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall captured the first five bouts and held off a late Virginia Military Institute (VMI) charge en route to a 20-16 victory Friday night at the Mayser Center. The Diplomats improve to 1-0 with the win, while the Keydets fall to 0-1.

F&M and VMI each won five bouts in the contest, but two major decisions and a pin for the Diplomats proved to be the difference. 

Aaron Moldoff opened the match with a bang at 125 pounds for F&M, registering a pin over Armondo Herrera-Dos Reis to give the Diplomats an early 6-0 edge. Moldoff took control from the start with a takedown just 20 seconds in and a pair of three-point nearfalls in the opening period to take a 8-2 lead. The freshman led 14-3 late in the third, and finished off Herrera-Dos Reis with just seven seconds remaining in period three. 

At 133, Robert Ruiz downed Andriy Onufriyenko by a 7-3 decision to stretch F&M's lead to 9-0. Ruiz steadily increased his lead throughout the bout, taking a 2-1 lead after period one and a 5-2 edge at the conclusion of period two. The sophomore added on a two-point nearfall late in period three and eventually earned the 7-3 win.

Richard Durso kept things rolling for F&M with a dominating 10-2 major decision performance against Ryan Goodsell at 141, giving the Diplomats a 13-0 edge. Durso was aggressive from the opening whistle, notching a takedown in both of the first two periods to carry a 5-0 edge into the period three. He then notched another takedown, a two-point nearfall and accumulated 3:47 of riding time to secure the eight-point difference needed for the major decision.

Andrew Murano gave the Diplomats a 16-0 lead with a hard-fought 7-2 decision over Zeb Stewart at 149. Murano tallied a takedown in both periods two and three and benefitted from two stalling penalties on Stewart for the 7-2 margin of victory.

Rob King was impressive in his dual meet debut at 157, claiming the second major decision of the night for F&M by a 10-2 count over Edward Gottwald. King jumped all over Gottwald from the start, taking a 6-2 edge in period one with a pair of takedowns and a two-point nearfall. After a scoreless second, King earned an escape and another takedown in the final period, and his 2:17 of riding time gave him the major decision victory.

Trailing 20-0, the Keydets came storming back with victories in the final five bouts, but it proved to be too little, too late for the visitors as the Diplomats walked away with the 20-16 win.

At 174, Adam Schroeder dropped a back-and-forth battle that came down to the final seconds, while Chuckie Kerkesner also fell in a tight bout at 285 that extended into overtime. Tied at 3-3 late in the third period, VMI's John Dommert earned a takedown against Shroeder with just 25 seconds left and held on for the win, while Kerkesner fell to Juan Adams by a 4-2 sudden victory decision in a grueling match at the heavyweight spot.

F&M returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 8 with a pair of road duals at Brown and Boston at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., respectively.

Franklin & Marshall - 20, VMI - 16

Bout-by-Bout Winner def. Loser Type Score – Running Score: (F&M-VMI)

125: Aaron Moldoff (F&M) def. Armondo Herrera-Dos Reis (VMI) Pin 4:53 (6-0)
133: Robert Ruiz (F&M) def. Andriy Onufriyenko Dec. 7-3 (9-0)
141: Richard Durso (F&M) def. Ryan Goodsell (VMI) Major Dec. 10-2 (13-0)
149: Andrew Murano (F&M) def. Zeb Stewart (VMI) Dec. 7-2 (16-0)
157: Rob King (F&M) def. Edward Gottwald (VMI) Major Dec. 10-2 (20-0)
165: Mark Darr (VMI) def. Colin Lahiff (F&M) Dec. 8-2 (20-3)
174: John Dommert (VMI) def. Adam Schroeder (F&M) Dec. 5-3 (20-6)
184: Jonathan Jones (VMI) def. Brad Bailey (F&M) Major Dec. 16-4 (20-10)
197: Urayoan Garcia (VMI) def. Isaiah Cromwell (F&M) Dec. 8-4 (20-13)
285: Juan Adams (VMI) def. Chuckie Kerkesner (F&M) Dec. SV1 4-2 (20-16)