The Week Ahead
Saturday, Feb. 1 – F&M at Princeton – 1:00 p.m.
A Look at Princeton
F&M travels to take on Princeton this Saturday for the 51st meeting between these schools, in a series that can be traced all the way back to 1926. The Tigers lead with a 19-30-1 overall mark and have won the last five contests, including a 31-7 win on Feb. 2, 2013 at the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center.
The last victory in the series for the Diplomats occurred back on Feb. 2, 2008, when F&M downed Princeton by a 40-9 score in Lancaster. The Diplomats have not beaten the Tigers on the road since Feb. 3, 2007 with a 36-14 victory.
F&M comes into the match with a 5-4 mark on the season, while Princeton enters competition sitting at 4-1. The Tigers lone loss on the year came to Rutgers in a 27-9 defeat on Dec. 14.
Princeton has one grappler ranked in the InterMat NCAA Division I Top-20 with Adam Krop being ranked 18th at 141, while a pair of wrestlers appear on the NCAA Division Coaches Rankings, Judson Ziegler ranked 31st at 165 and Abram Ayala ranked 33rd at 197.
Last Time Out
The Diplomats opened last weekend by falling to George Mason by a 24-12 score on Saturday afternoon in Farifax, Va. A pair of decision by Andrew Murano at 157 (4-3) and Rob King at 165 (8-2) gave F&M the momentum and the lead at 12-8, 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.
On Sunday, F&M continued its travels by competing in a trimatch, hosted by Davidson. The Diplomats dropped a 31-3 score to The Citadel (5-3) earlier in the day before responding with a commanding 27-7 win over the host Wildcats (4-9) to wrap up action.
In its win against Davidson, Jason Bing got F&M off on the right foot with an 8-0 major decision right out of the gate at 125. The Diplomats followed with four-straight decisions from Scott Stevens (4-1), Robert Ruiz (4-2), Richard Durso (8-7) and Andrew Murano (11-4) to pull ahead at 16-0.
Rob King dominated at 165 by taking a 10-2 major decision to put the match out of reach for the Diplomats. Chuckie Kerkesner put the exclamation point on the victory with an 11-2 major decision at 197, while Alex Henry closed out competition by coming away with a 5-1 decision.
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 last week 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.
To view the NCAA Rankings, click here.
In the InterMat NCAA Division I Rankings, Durso sits at No. 12. Mike Nevinger of Cornell (No. 7) and Luke Vaith of Hofstra (No. 11) are the only EIWA grapplers who are ranked higher.
Climbing the Charts
With an impressive 25-2 mark on the season, Durso now has 94 victories for his career, which gives him sole possession of 3rd place on F&M's career win's list. The program record belongs to Craig Blackman '81, who accumulated 117 victories.
Eight Diplomats sit with winning records for the 2013-14 season. Durso leads the way with a 25-2 mark that includes an 18-2 record in EIWA competition. Murano follows with a 19-10 record, while Henry sits at 16-13. Bing is 17-13 on the year, while Stevens is 12-9. Robert Ruiz is 15-11, King is 15-14 and Sharron Townsend is 10-9.