LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall cruised to a 43-8 victory over visiting Gettysburg on Wednesday night at the Mayser Center. The Diplomats improve to 3-2 with the landslide win, while the Bullets drop to 4-6.
F&M captured eight of the ten bouts, including the opening six matchups. The Diplomats recorded three pins, a major decision, and a sudden victory decision, while also benefitting from three forfeits by the Bullets.
Aaron Moldoff opened the match at 125 with the Diplomats' first pin, taking down Holt Johnson in 1:53. Moldoff registered a takedown halfway through period one, and just seconds later finished off Johnson with his sixth win via fall of the season.
Robert Ruiz (133) and Richard Durso (141) followed with wins by forfeit, while Andrew Murano gave F&M a 22-0 edge by handling Eddie Carroll with a 16-6 major decision. Murano took control of the bout from the get-go, delivering two takedowns in period one, one takedown in the second and reeling off four takedowns in the final period to earn the major decision.
Eric Norgard added six points to the F&M total with a victory by forfeit at 157, before Colin Lahiff made it six straight Diplomat wins with a 4-2 sudden victory decision over Manny Markantone late in the first overtime. After three tight, low scoring periods, Lahiff and Markantone headed into overtime, with Lahiff coming out on top with a takedown with just three seconds left.
Trailing 31-0, the Bullets avoided the shutout with back-to-back major decisions at 174 and 184, but the Diplomats responded with a pair of pins at the final two weights to close out the match.
At 197, Isaiah Cromwell took down Marshall Puls by fall in 4:48, while Chuckie Kerkesner pinned Michael Sheehan at 285 in 5:37. Facing a 5-4 deficit in the latter stages of the second period, Cromwell turned what appeared to be a Puls takedown into one of his own, and pinned him shortly thereafter. Kerkesner methodically downed Sheehan as he grabbed the early lead with a trio of first period takedowns and never looked back en route to the pin.
F&M wraps up the week with another home dual against Davidson on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Franklin & Marshall 43, Gettysburg 8
Bout-by-Bout Winner def. Loser Type Score – Running Score: (F&M-GC)
125: Aaron Moldoff (F&M) def. Holt Johnson (GC) Pin 1:53 (6-0)
133: Robert Ruiz (F&M) won by forfeit (12-0)
141: Richard Durso (F&M) won by forfeit (18-0)
149: Andrew Murano (F&M) def. Eddie Carroll Major Dec. 16-6 (22-0)
157: Eric Norgard (F&M) won by forfeit (28-0)
165: Colin Lahiff (F&M) def. Manny Markantone (GC) SV1 4-2 (31-0)
174: Zach Thomson (GC) def. Colin Gironda (F&M) Major Dec. 8-0 (31-4)
184: Lukas Iorio (GC) def. Brad Bailey (F&M) Major Dec. 9-1 (31-8)
197: Isaiah Cromwell (F&M) def. Marshall Puls (GC) Pin 4:48 (37-8)
285: Chuckie Kerkesner (F&M) def. Michael Sheehan (GC) Pin 5:37 (43-8)