Diplomats Surrender Early Lead

Diplomats Surrender Early Lead

FAIRFAX, Va. – The Franklin & Marshall wrestling team fell to George Mason by a 24-12 score on Saturday afternoon in Fairfax, Va. The loss snapped a four dual winning streak for the Diplomats, dropping their record to 4-3 on the season, while the Patriots improved to 6-10. 

Jason Bing put F&M out in front by an early 3-0 score when the freshman 125-pounder edged out a 6-4 decision in the opening bout. Tied at 2-2 heading into the second, Bing recorded a takedown and a nearfall to secure the victory. 

George Mason tied the match a 3-3 with a decision of its own at 133, before Richard Durso reclaimed the lead for the Diplomats with a 3-0 decision at 141. Securing an escape in the second period, Durso sealed the win in the third with a take down. 

At 149, F&M fell behind once again when the Patriots charged out in front with a tech. fall victory to take an 8-6 lead. A pair of decisions by Andrew Murano at 157 (4-3) and Rob King at 165 (8-2) placed the momentum back on the Diplomat's side, giving F&M a 12-8 lead heading into 174.

However, the Diplomats would not score another point throughout the remainder of the dual as George Mason closed out the contest with an 8-0 major at 174, a 6-0 decision at 184, an 11-5 decision at 197 and a pin at 285. 

F&M returns to the mat tomorrow when the Diplomats travel to Davidson for a trimatch. Action kicks off at 2:30 p.m. with a meeting against The Citadel before F&M takes on the host Wildcats at 4:00 p.m. 

George Mason 24 - Franklin & Marshall 12

Bout-by-Bout Winner def. Loser Type Score

125: Jason Bing, F&M, dec. William Prochniewski, GEMA, 6-4.

133: Vince Rodriguez, GEMA, dec. Robert Ruiz, F&M, 6-2.

141: Richard Durso, F&M, dec. Sahid Kargbo, GEMA, 3-0.

149: Donald Takagi, GEMA, tech. fall Sharron Townsend, F&M, 5:24 15-0.

157: Andrew Murano, F&M, dec. Gregory Flournoy, GEMA, 4-3.

165: Theodore King, F&M, dec. Sean Raftery, GEMA, 8-2.

174: Zachary Martinez, GEMA, maj. dec. Colin Gironda, F&M, 8-0.

184: Ryan Hembury, GEMA, dec. Paul III Alessandrini, F&M, 6-0.

197: Matt Meadows, GEMA, dec. Charles Kerkesner, F&M, 11-5.

285: Jacob Kettler, GEMA, pinned Alexander Henry, F&M, 4:47.