DES MOINES, Iowa - Richard Durso's record-setting season ended on Friday night with a 6-3 loss by decision to Virginia Tech's Zach Neibert in the wrestlebacks of the 141-pound bracket at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Tied at 2-2 entering the third period, Neibert took a 3-2 lead with an escape at the start of the frame, before jumping out to a 5-2 edge and holding off Durso in the final minutes for the three-point win.
The loss brings the winningest single season in F&M history to a close. Durso finished the year with a 39-5 mark, a new school single-season record for wins, and also ranks him second all-time in winning percentage (.886).
Durso advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over Wyoming's McCade Ford and Minnesota's Nick Dardanes in the first and second rounds, respectively. Earlier today, top-seeded Hunter Stieber edged Durso 9-8, sending him to the wrestlebacks.
Durso earned an automatic bid to the NCAA's when he became the first F&M wrestler since 1994 to secure gold at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships. He enters next year ranked 11th on the career wins list with a record of 69-22.