LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall wrestling team put together a dominating performance against Millersville on Friday evening at the Mayser Center, coming away with a 41-3 victory in the battle for the Rupp Cup. The win moved the Diplomats' record to 7-6 on the year, giving F&M its first winning season since 2005-06. The Marauders fell to 4-8 with the loss.
The win also ensures that the trophy will remain in Lancaster for at least another year as the Diplomats have now won four-straight contests over the Marauders in the series and take a 4-3 lead in the battle for the Rupp Cup.
F&M opened the contest in convincing fashion, taking an 18-0 lead after three-straight pins from Jason Bing at 125, Robert Ruiz at 133 and Richard Durso at 141. Bing's fall occurred 56 seconds into the second period, while Ruiz (1:29) and Durso (0:33) both recorded theirs in the first.
Sharron Townsend continued the onslaught at 149, earning a 16-4 major decision that included six takedowns. Wrestling for his final time at the Mayser Center, senior grappler Andrew Murano went out in style, continuing the Diplomats' run with a 15-4 major decision of his own at 157.
Murano, who was honored before the start of the contest, recorded six takedowns in the bout that included two in each period to move to 23-10 on the year. At 165, Theodore King was tested thoughout but managed to edge out Millersville's Zach Pincus with a 5-2 decision.
Down 2-1 heading into the second, King pulled away with an escape and then followed with a takedown to go ahead 4-2 entering into the third. Pincus chose down to kick off the period but King was able to keep control throughout the stanza en route to the victory.
Colin Gironda kept the momentum firmly on the Diplomats' side with the team's fourth pin of the evening at the 1:22 mark of the first, giving F&M its seventh-straight win in the competition and the 35-0 lead.
After Millersville put its first points on the board at 184 with a 10-5 decision, 197-pounder Chuckie Kerkesner captured a decision of his own at 8-2 to make the score 38-3. Alex Henry closed out the match with a 6-0 shutout at 285 that included a pair of takedowns.
F&M concluded its regular season with the victory and will return to competition at the EIWA Championships in Philadelphia, Pa. The tournament runs from March 8-9.
Franklin & Marshall 41, Millersville 3
125: Jason Bing, F&M, pinned Austin Camacci, MILL, 3:56.
133: Robert Ruiz, F&M, pinned Thomas Nulty, MILL, 1:29.
141: Richard Durso, F&M, pinned Kyle Loeb, MILL, 0:33.
149: Sharron Townsend, F&M, maj. dec. David Charles, MILL, 16-4.
157: Andrew Murano, F&M, maj. dec. Zac Wawrzyniak-Bush, MILL, 15-4.
165: Theodore King, F&M, dec. Zach Pincus, MILL, 5-2.
174: Colin Gironda, F&M, pinned Mitchell Ball, MILL, 1:22.
184: Shane Gilmore, MILL, dec. Paul III Alessandrini, F&M, 10-5.
197: Charles Kerkesner, F&M, dec. Aram Moffitt, MILL, 8-2.
285: Alexander Henry, F&M, dec. Elijah Flasher, MILL, 6-0