Diplomats Set for Second Half of Season

Diplomats Set for Second Half of Season

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The Week Ahead 

Sunday, Dec. 29 – F&M at Cradle Gear Invitational (at Lock Haven) – 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, Dec. 29 – Monday, Dec. 30 – F&M at Midlands – 9:30 a.m. 

Saturday, Jan. 4 – F&M Open – All Day

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A Look at the Cradle Gear Invitational

The Diplomats travel to Lock Haven on Dec. 29 to compete in the 2013 Cradle Gear Invitational. The tournament marks the second time this month that F&M competes at Lock Haven, after taking part in the Mat-Town Open on Dec. 1.

The Cradle Gear Invitational will feature teams from Lock Haven, Drexel, Old Dominion, Gardner Webb, George Mason, Buffalo, Binghamton, Kent State, Bloomsburg, American, Michigan State and Bucknell. 

Additional information for the tournament can be found here.

A Look at the Midlands 

Andrew Murano and Richard Durso travel to Illinois on Dec. 29-30 to compete in the 51st Ken Kraft Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern University. 

This year's championships feature more than 40 schools, with an assortment of national champions and national powers from Division I, II, III and NAIA programs participating in this historic event. 

The 2013 field features 14 schools in the NWCA Preseason Coaches Poll Top 25 or receiving votes, including Iowa (No. 2), Illinois (No. 10), Ohio State (No. 11), Edinboro (No. 13), Boise State (No. 17) and Michigan (No. 19).  The Midlands championship final sessions will air live on Big Ten Network at 9:00 p.m. EST. 

Notable wrestlers in Durso's 141-pound weight class competing in the event include No. 2 Mitchell Port of Edinboro, No. 3 Devin Carter of Virginia Tech. and No. 8 Joey Lazor of Northern Iowa. For a complete list of the projected participants at 141, click here.

Murano faces stiff competition in the 157 bracket with multiple top 20 wrestlers expected to compete. Highlighting that group will be No. 1 Derek St. John of Iowa, No. 8 Taylor Walsh of Indiana and No. 10 Issac Jordan of Wisconsin. For a complete list of the projected participants at 157, click here.

Additional information for the tournament can be found here

A Look at the F&M Open 

F&M hosts the second annual F&M Open on Jan. 4  at the Alumni Sport and Fitness Center's Schnader Fieldhouse.    

At the inaugural F&M Open last season, more than 270 wrestlers from over 35 schools traveled to Lancaster for the competition. Durso and Robert Ruiz each claimed second place in their respective weight classes by posting a trio of victories a piece.

This year's competition features nearly 300 wrestlers from teams such as The University of Maryland, Princeton, American, Drexel, Bucknell, Navy and George Mason.

Last Time Out 

Three F&M wrestlers finished in the top five of their respective weight classes on Sunday, Dec. 1, at the Mat-Town Open, hosted by Lock Haven. Durso led the way by capturing the championship at 141, while Ruiz nabbed third at 133 and Jason Bing came away with a fourth-place showing at 125. 

Durso maintained his perfect record on the year (13-0) by earning four-straight victories to run the table in his bracket. He has now picked up a first-place finish at all three tournaments he has participated in this season.

Ruiz earned a win by technical fall in his opening bout before dropping down to the consolation bracket with a 7-0 loss in the second. He followed with four-straight victories, all with pins, to take home a third-place finish. 

Bing opened at 125 with a pair of wins in the championship bracket, with a 2-1 and 5-3 decision before falling in the semifinals. In the consolations, he took down Josh Patrick of Rutgers but was edged out in the battle for third place by a 9-7 decision at the hands of Ronald Perry of Lock Haven. 

To view stats from the Mat-Town Open, click here

In the Rankings 

Junior 141-pounder Durso sits at No. 5 in the InterMat NCAA Division I Rankings. In the EIWA Rankings, Durso moved up to the No. 1 position, passing Mike Nevinger of Cornell for the top spot in the conference.

Climbing the Charts

With his 13-0 start to the season, Durso now has 82 victories for his career, moving him into a tie for 5th with Justin Herbert '09 on F&M's career wins list. The program record belongs to Craig Blackman '81, who accumulated 117 victories. 

Fast Starters 

Six Diplomats sit with winning records nearing the halfway point in the 2013-14 season. Durso leads the way with a perfect 13-0 mark that includes a 10-0 record in EIWA competition. Murano follows with an 9-5 record, while Stevens also sits at 9-5. Alex Henry is 9-6, while Bing is 8-7 and Sharron Townsend has a 5-4 mark.