The Week Ahead
Saturday, Jan. 25 – F&M at George Mason – 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 26 – F&M vs. The Citadel (at Davidson) – 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 26 – F&M at Davidson – 4:00 p.m.
A Look at George Mason
The Diplomats travel to George Mason to take on the Patriots for the 17th time in a series that dates back to 1975. F&M holds the slight advantage at 9-7, however George Mason came out on top 30-7 the last time these teams met, Feb. 2, 2013 at the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center. The Diplomats enter competition winners of four-straight duals (4-2), while the Patriots sit with a 5-7 mark.
A Look at The Citadel
On Sunday, F&M heads to a trimatch, hosted by Davidson, to take on The Citadel for just the third time in a series that dates began in 2002. The Diplomats seeks thier first win in the series and currently hold a 0-2 mark. The Bulldogs enter the trimatch with a 3-2 record. The Citadel currently has two wrestlers ranked in the top 20 of the InterMat NCAA Division I Rankings, Khishignyam Undrakhbayar at 141 (No. 17) and Turtogtokh Luvsandorj at 165 (No. 16).
A Look at Davidson
Later in the day, F&M faces off with the host Wildcats. The all-time series is evened at 5-5, with the first meeting occurring all the back in 1933. The Diplomats had the upper hand last time out, when F&M took down Davidson by a 20-16 score on Jan. 11, 2013, in Lancaster. The Wildcats are 4-7 on the year and have lost two-straight contests.
Last Time Out
F&M Opened last week with a dominant 43-0 win over Sacred Heart at home on Friday for its first shutout since 2006. The Diplomats cruised to the victory over the Pioneers off of four decisions, three pins, two major decisions and a tech. fall. The dual kicked off Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Assocition (EIWA) competition for F&M and handed the Diplomats their first dual victory of the season.
On Saturday, F&M traveled to Millersville for the Mid-Penn Duals and rattled off three straight wins over York in the opening round (33-12), Shippensburg in the second (34-9) and Shorter in the Championship (22-19) to capture the title.
Robert Ruiz (133), Richard Durso (141) and Andrew Murano (157) led F&M with perfect 3-0 records on the afternoon, while Jason Bing, Sharron Townsend, Rob King, Colin Gironda and Chuckie Kerkesner each notched a pair of victories.
The Diplomats stayed in Millersville to compete at the 11th annual "Shorty" Hitchcock Memorial Classic on Sunday. Brandon Giovanetti dropped down to the consolations after a loss in his opening bout at 149 but responded with a 12-6 decision over Mattheos Lozier of Virginia Tech. before being edged out by a 9-5 decision in the second round.
Ekow Eshun was pinned in his opening bout at 165 but came back in the consolation bracket with a thrilling 11-9 decision in sudden victory over Penn.'s Jun Yoo.
F&M head wrestling coach Mike Rogers offers a recap of these events, which can be found here.
For complete stats of these events, click here.
In the Rankings
The NCAA released Thursday the first of three coaches' panel rankings for the 2013-14 wrestling season. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. This year's event is March 20-22 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Junior 141-pounder Durso enters the rankings at the No. 11 spot. Wrestlers in each weight class are measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2014 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
In the InterMat NCAA Division I Rankings, Durso sits at No. 12. Mike Nevinger of Cornell (No. 7) and Luke Vaith of Hofstra (No. 10) are the only EIWA grapplers who are ranked higher.
Climbing the Charts
With an impressive 22-2 mark on the season, Durso now has 91 victories for his career, moving him into sole possession for 3rd place on F&M's career wins list. The program record belongs to Craig Blackman '81, who accumulated 117 victories.
Eight Diplomats sit with winning records following the halfway point of the 2013-14 season. Durso leads the way with an 22-2 mark that includes a 15-2 record in EIWA competition. Murano follows with a 17-9 record, while Henry sits at 15-11. Stevens is 11-9 on the year, while Jason Bing is 15-12, Robert Ruiz is 14-9, while Townsend and Gironda are both 10-7.