Franklin & Marshall is headed to the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships hosted by Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. this weekend. The 109th edition of the annual championships will commence on Friday and continue through Saturday at the Rutgers Athletic Center. The Diplomats are one of 14 schools competing in the event.
F&M put four wrestlers on the medal stand last year, marking the first time since 1976 that the Diplomats placed four at the championship meet. Richard Durso earned the top finish for F&M, claiming sixth at 141 pounds, while Andrew Murano also returns as a placewinner after taking eighth at 149. 2012 graduates Matt Fullowan (174) and Colin Ely (197) nabbed seventh and eighth place in their weight classes, respectively.
Durso's sixth-place finish a season ago secured him a spot in the NCAA Tournament, and the sophomore will look to return to the national tournament after a superb 2012-13 campaign. Durso leads the team with a mark of 34-3, including a perfect 16-0 record in dual meets, and enters EIWA's riding a 12-match winning streak. Murano (24-14) and 133-pounder Robert Ruiz (23-14) also carry winning marks into this weekend's championships.
For information regarding this weekend's championship, visit the EIWA Championships Homepage via the link at the top of this page. The Championships Homepage provides information on tickets, driving directions, parking, brackets, live results, and much more.
EIWA Championships Schedule
Friday, March 8
Session 1 – 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Session 2 – 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (Semifinals and wrestle-backs)
Saturday, March 9
Session 3 – 10 a.m.-Noon (Wrestle-back semifinals and seventh place final)
EIWA Hall of Fame Introductions – 2:45 p.m.
Finals – 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Three mats – First, third and fifth place finals)
Tickets are on sale for $22 per session ($25 for the finals) or $70 for the tournament. Student tickets can be purchased for $12 per session ($14 for the finals). Orders can be made online or by calling the ticket office at 1-866-445-GORU (4678).