LANCASTER, Pa. -- Franklin & Marshall fell 34-4 to Army in Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) action Saturday evening at the Mayser Center. The match was the season opener for both squads as the Diplomats dropped to 0-1 while the Black Knights went to 1-0.
Richard Durso picked up the lone win for the Diplomats at 141. Durso jumped out to an early 2-1 edge in the first before adding three more in the second period for a 5-1 advantage. The junior added five back points in the final stanza and picked up one more for riding time to come away with the 11-1 major decision.
Jason Bing started the match off with a tough 6-5 setback in the opening 125 bout. Bing, wrestling in his first Division I contest, found himself in an early 6-2 hole after two periods of action. Bing stepped up in the third with an escape and a takedown to make it 6-5, but ultimately ran out of time.
Robert Ruiz fell 7-3 at 133 as Army jumped out to an early 6-0 advantage. Durso's major made in 6-4, setting up an exciting battle at 149. Sharron Townsend, seeing action for the first time in over a year, dropped a heartbreaking 8-7 decision to Ryan Bilyeu. Townsend started out with an early 3-1 lead, but Bilyeu cut the deficit to 5-4 heading into the third period. Bilyeu added two takedowns in period three while Townsend escaped both times for the 8-7 final.
The Black Knights picked up 13 points over the next three bouts with two majors bookending a fall at 165 to make it 23-4. Paul Alessandrini jumped out to early 2-0 lead at 184 and increased it to 4-2 through the first two periods, but a 4-1 third period for Army and a riding time point for the Black Knights proved to be the difference in 7-5 decision.
Army picked up a technical fall at 197 and came away with a 3-1 win at 285 for the 34-4 final.
F&M returns to action next Saturday when the Diplomats travel to Ursinus for the Fall Brawl.Army (ARMY) 34.0 Franklin & Marshall (F&M) 4.0 125: Hunter Wood, ARMY, dec. Jason Bing, F&M, 6-5. 133: Logan Everett, ARMY, dec. Robert Ruiz, F&M, 7-3. 141: Richard Durso, F&M, maj. dec. Tyler Rauenzahn, ARMY, 11-1. 149: Ryan Bilyeu, ARMY, dec. Sharron Townsend, F&M, 8-7. 157: Paul Hancock, ARMY, maj. dec. Andrew Murano, F&M, 13-3. 165: Coleman Gracey, ARMY, pinned Theodore King, F&M, 1:29. 174: Alex Smith, ARMY, maj. dec. Colin Lahiff, F&M, 14-1. 184: Nathan Dow, ARMY, dec. Paul Alessandrini F&M, 7-5. 197: Bryce Barnes, ARMY, tech. fall Charles Kerkesner, F&M, 7:00 15-0. 285: David Farr, ARMY, dec. Alexander Henry, F&M, 3-1.