The Week Ahead
Saturday, November 23 – F&M at Navy Classic – All Day
A Look at the Navy Classic
The Diplomats travel to compete in the Navy Classic on Saturday for the seventh-straight season. Last year, F&M placed eighth out of nine competing teams but had a group of three placewinners at the event. Richard Durso led the way with a third-place showing at 141, while Aaron Moldoff grabbed fifth at 125 and Adam Schroeder secured sixth at 174.
The other teams competing in this year's tournament are Brown, Bucknell, The Citadel, Cleveland State, Kent State, Ohio, Princeton, Tennessee at Chattanooga, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the host Midshipmen.
Projected Session Times
10:00 a.m. – Preliminary Rounds
2:30 p.m. – Semifinals
5:00 p.m. – Finals
Last Time Out
Last weekend F&M competed in a duel against VMI, followed by the East Stroudsburg Open on Sunday. The Diplomats fell behind early against the Keydets and could not recover, dropping a 27-11 match in Lexington, Va.
Durso improved to 5-0 on the season with a 12-3 major decision at 141, while Sharron Townsend followed at 149 with a 4-3 decision and Andrew Murano also earned a victory at 157 with a 13-5 major decision.
In the 47th annual East Stroudsburg Open on Sunday, Scott Stevens took his opening bout at 133 against Connor Kirkegard of Delaware Valley with a 3-2 decision before falling by decision in the next round at 4-2. In the consolation bracket, Stevens won three decisions (8-4, 3-2, 8-6) to advance to the finals but came up just short after being defeated by fall in a battle for fifth place.
Chuckie Kerkesner earned a pair of wins by fall in the 197 championship bracket but fell to Harrison Cook of the University of Pennsylvania in the third round at 13-5.
To view stats from last week's contests, click here.
In the Rankings
Junior 141-pounder Durso sits at No. 6 in the InterMat NCAA Division I Rankings. In the EIWA Rankings, Durso remains at No. 2, behind only Mike Nevinger of Cornell, who ranks fourth nationally.
Climbing the Charts
With his 5-0 start to the season, Durso now has 74 victories for his career, moving him into sole possession for 10th place on F&M's career wins list. The program record belongs to Craig Blackman '81, who accumulated 117 victories.