PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Richard Durso advanced to the championship bout of the 141-pound bracket to highlight Franklin & Marshall's performance on day one of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championship Friday at Rutgers. Durso's run to the title match secures him a spot in the NCAA Championships for the second straight year.
Seeded fifth, Durso will meet third-seeded Charles Cobb of Pennsylvania in Saturday's finals at 3:00 p.m.
After receiving an opening round bye, Durso extended his winning streak to 14 straight with victories over fourth-seeded Trevor Melde of Rutgers and top-seeded Michael Nevinger from Cornell. In the quarterfinals, Durso defeated Melde in impressive fashion with a pin in 3:58 for his sixth win via fall of the year. The F&M sophomore then took down Nevinger by a 4-3 decision in the semifinals.
Andrew Murano also posted a victory for the Diplomats in his first matchup of the wrestle-backs. A 5-2 loss by decision to second-seeded Shane Welsh of Lehigh sent Murano to the consolations, where he downed Harvard's Todd Preston by decision, 4-2, before falling to eighth-seeded Andrew Lenzi of Pennsylvania 7-3 in the consolation quarterfinals.
The Diplomats compiled 17.5 team points after day one and currently sit in 13th out of the 14 competing squads. Cornell holds the lead heading into day two with 109.5 points, while Navy (94) and Pennsylvania (91.5) rank second and third, respectively.
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