The Week Ahead
Friday, Feb. 14 – F&M vs. Bucknell – 7:30 p.m.
A Look at Bucknell
Franklin & Marshall welcomes Bucknell to the Mayser Center on Friday night for its second to last dual competition of the regular season. The Diplomats' record currently sits at 5-6, 1-3 EIWA while the Bisons enter town at 8-10, 4-3 EIWA.
The all-time series spans back to 1947 with F&M holding a 20-12-1 overall lead. Last season, F&M fell to Bucknell by a 31-10 score in Lewisburg. In the competition, the Diplomats picked up wins from Richard Durso at 141 (12-1 major decision over Derrik Russell), Andrew Murano at 149 (7-1 decision over Adam Healey) and Colin Gironda at 174 (6-3 decision over Robert Schlitt).
The Bison's lone ranked wrestler is 285-pounder Joe Stolfi (26-6) who comes into the contest at 15th in the NCAA Division Coaches Rankings, 20th in the Intermat NCAA Division I Top-20, while claiming the top spot in the EIWA Rankings. Also showing up in the conference rankings is 125-pounder Paul Petrob, who currently places fourth.
Last Time Out
F&M battled Drexel in the early stages of Saturday evening's EIWA contest but was eventually overpowered by a 25-11 score in Philadelphia. The Dragons took an early 9-0 lead after the opening two bouts with a decision at 125, followed by a pin at 133. Durso got F&M back on track, placing the first points on the board with a dominating 13-2 major decision at 141 to pull the Diplomats within five at 9-4.
Sharron Townsend fought hard at 149 but was edged out by a 3-2 decision as the Dragons extended their lead to 12-4. Murano was dominant throughout his bout at 157, delivering four key points to F&M with an 11-2 major decision to make the score 12-8.
Gironda followed with a close contest at 174. Tied at 0-0 after the first, Kevin Matyas earned a pair of points with a reversal in the second. With just seconds remaining in the third, Gironda was awarded a point off a stalling penalty to pull within one, 2-1, but was dealt the loss after failing to even up the score.
Drexel followed with a decision at 184 and a major at 197 to take the clinching 25-8 lead heading into the heavyweight bout. Alex Henry managed to finish off the competition on a positive note when a takedown in the third broke a 1-1 tie and propelled him to a 3-2 victory.
F&M head wrestling coach Mike Rogers offers a recap of this event, which can be found here.
For complete stats of this competition, click here.
In the Rankings
The NCAA released the second of three coaches' panel rankings and the first Rating Percentage Index (RPI) for the 2013-14 wrestling season. The final rankings and RPI will be two 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 remains at the No. 11 spot in the rankings, while entering at No. 10 in the RPI Ranking. 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 remains 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 27-2 mark on the season, Durso now has 96 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 27-2 mark that includes an 20-2 record in EIWA competition. Murano follows with a 21-10 record, while Jason Bing sits at 18-14. Henry is 17-14 on the year, while Scott Stevens is 12-11 and Robert Ruiz is 15-11.