LANCASTER, Pa. - Richard Durso posted his 30th win of the season in Franklin & Marshall's 30-7 loss to George Mason on Saturday in the Diplomats second dual of the day at the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center. The Diplomats drop to 6-6 on the year with the defeat, while the Patriots improve to 4-12.
With his 12-1 major decision over Sahid Kargbo at 141 pounds, Durso becomes just the second wrestler in F&M history to record multiple 30-win seasons. The sophomore has been on a tear of late, as he's now won eight straight and 19 of his last 20 bouts. A pair of takedowns in period one gave Durso a 4-0 edge, and he opened the second period with a reversal and closed out the second with a three-point nearfall to jump out to a 9-1 advantage. Durso continued to methodically work Kargbo in the third, managing a takedown with 17 seconds left to seal the major decision.
Colin Gironda also registered a win for F&M, defeating Corey Smith at 174 in exciting fashion by a 9-6 count. Facing a 5-0 deficit heading into the third period, Gironda turned the tides in his favor with an aggressive start to the final frame. The freshman notched a takedown nine seconds in, and earned two three-point nearfalls at the 1:13 and 33 second marks to shift the match in his favor.
The final score was not indicative of how close the match was, as the Diplomats were unable to come out on top in multiple matchups that came down to the wire. Five of George Mason's victories were decisions of three points or less, results that, if reversed, could have altered the outcome significantly.
At 157, Rob King went toe-to-toe with Jaaziah Bethea, but Bethea's early escape in the third period and takedown halfway through the third frame proved to be the difference in the 8-5 loss. Colin Lahiff also found himself in a tight battle for F&M at 165, but was unable to overcome a 5-1 deficit he faced heading into the third and was edged, 6-4.
The Diplomats return to action on Friday at home against Drexel. Match time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Mayser Center.
125: Rich Carroll-Lavorato, GEMA, dec. Aaron Moldoff, F&M, 3-2.