Diplomats Fall to Princeton

Diplomats Fall to Princeton

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall fell to Princeton 31-7 in Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) action on Saturday afternoon at the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center. The Diplomats slide to 6-5 with the defeat, while the Tigers picked up their first victory of the season and are now 1-8. 

Robert Ruiz and Richard Durso recorded wins for F&M at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively, while several other Diplomats were narrowly edged by decision. 

Ruiz tallied F&M's first points of the match with a thrilling 10-8 decision over Andrew Hirai. Trailing 2-0 after period one, Ruiz inched closer to Hirai with a pair of takedowns in the second frame, while Hirai registered three escapes and entered the final period with a 5-4 advantage. After Hirai's period-opening escape in the third, Ruiz evened things up with a takedown with 1:18 remaining. At the 52-second mark, Ruiz took his first lead of the bout, 8-7, with another takedown. Hirai managed yet another escape with just 13 ticks on the clock, but Ruiz finished him off in dramatic fashion with his fifth takedown of the match just as time expired. 

Durso, ranked No. 18 in the country, notched his seventh victory in a row with a 12-4 major decision against Kevin Moylan to give F&M a brief 7-4 lead. The sophomore was in control from the start, earning a 4-1 edge after the first period with a pair of takedowns, before extending his lead with a reversal and takedown in the second and tallying another takedown in the third. 

Princeton secured wins at the final seven spots in the lineup, but the Diplomats put up valiant efforts in several of the matchups. Andrew Murano was nipped by a 6-3 count at 149 to Zach Bintliff, Eric Norgard nearly completed a late comeback at 157 but fell 6-5, and Chuckie Kerkesner earned a penalty point with just three seconds remaining in the third period to send his bout with Charles Fox into overtime, but Fox delivered a takedown 12 seconds into the sudden-victory period for a 6-4 decision. 

The Diplomats return to action tonight as they host George Mason at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center. 

Princeton (PRIN) 31.0 Franklin & Marshall (F&M) 7.0
125: Max Rogers, PRIN, maj. dec. Aaron Moldoff, F&M, 10-0. 

133: Robert Ruiz, F&M, dec. Andrew Hirai, PRIN, 10-8. 
141: Richard Durso, F&M, maj. dec. Kevin Moylan, PRIN, 12-4. 
149: Zachary Bintliff, PRIN, dec. Andrew Murano, F&M, 6-3. 
157: Kyle Roddy, PRIN, dec. Eric Norgard, F&M, 6-5. 
165: Judson Ziegler, PRIN, maj. dec. Colin Lahiff, F&M, 9-1. 
174: Ryan Callahan, PRIN, tech. fall Colin Gironda, F&M, 6:51 15-0. 
184: Scott Gibbons, PRIN, pinned Paul III Alessandrini, F&M, 0:55. 
197: Daniel Santoro, PRIN, dec. Isaiah Cromwell, F&M, 7-0. 
285: Charles Fox (PRIN) sv-1 Charles Kerkesner (F&M) 6-4.