The Week Ahead
Saturday, Feb. 8 – F&M at Drexel – 7:00 p.m.
A Look at Drexel
The Diplomats head to Philadelphia on Saturday for their final road dual of the season to take on the Dragons at 7:00 p.m. F&M comes into the competition with a 5-5 mark that includes a 1-2 record in Eastern Collegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) action, while Drexel sits at 4-13, 0-4 EIWA, not including its upcoming bout with Rider on Friday.
The all-time series is heavily in favor of the Dragons at 12-2, dating back to the 1979 season. These teams last met on Feb. 8, 2013, at the Mayser Center with the Dragons coming away with a 27-9 win.
In the most highly-anticipated bout of the evening, Richard Durso took down Frank Cimato in a battle of nationally-ranked grapplers at 141. Durso, ranked 19th by WrestlingReport.com, and Cimato, ranked 21st, duked it out in a 5-1 decision that nearly stretched into overtime.
Drexel's 197-pounder Brandon Palik is the Dragons' lone nationally ranked wrestler, placing 15th in NCAA Division Coaches Rankings, ninth in the Intermat NCAA Division I Top-20, while claiming the top spot in the EIWA Rankings.
Last Time Out
F&M battled Princeton in the early going of Saturday afternoon's dual in New Jersey but ultimately was outmatched in a 34-10 defeat.
Jason Bing got F&M off on the right foot with a dominating 12-1 major decision at 125 that included four takedowns. Bing secured four points for the Diplomats with an escape, a takedown and two near fall points in the third period.
The Tigers took back three points with a decision at 133, but Richard Durso pushed the advantage to 7-3 with a decision of his own at 141. A winner of 10-straight bouts dating back to Dec. 29, Durso claimed his 25th victory of the season with a pair of takedowns en route to the 7-2 decision.
After Princeton captured a tech. fall win at 149 to take an 8-7 advantage, Andrew Murano turned in a gutsy effort at 157, coming away with a 3-2 decision to reclaim the advantage for the Diplomats at 10-8. However, the Tigers followed with two falls, a pair of majors, and a pin at 285 to close out the competition.
F&M head wrestling coach Mike Rogers offers a recap of this event, which can be found here.
For complete stats of this event, 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.
Durso sits at No. 2 in the EIWA Rankings, placing behind Nevinger who remains in the top spot.
Climbing the Charts
With an impressive 26-2 mark on the season, Durso now has 95 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.
Six Diplomats sit with winning records for the 2013-14 season. Durso leads the way with a 26-2 mark that includes an 19-2 record in EIWA competition. Murano follows with a 20-10 record, while Bing sits at 18-13. Alex Henry is 16-14 on the year, while Scott Stevens is 12-10 and Robert Ruiz is 15-11.
Meet & Greet with Mike Rogers
Join alumni, friends and Coach Mike Rogers this Saturday at the Landmark Americana from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for the latest updates involving the world of F&M wrestling. Coach Rogers will talk about the past, present and future of the program, light refreshments and beverages will be provided, and a cash bar will be available. The Meet & Greet will be held in the same building as the match against Drexel.
Click here to register and find additional information for the event, or call Alumni Relations at 866-925-5500.