PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's Richard Durso responded to a heartbreaking loss in the second round of the 141 pound championship bracket at the EIWA Championships with a victory in the consolations to pace the Diplomats on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. The lone F&M grappler still competing, Durso will return to action in the consolation fourth round on Sunday to take on the No. 7 seed, Matt Bystol of Columbia.
Durso opened action in the championship bracket with a dominating 15-0 win over Zachary Tanenbaum of Brown to advance to the second round. Facing off against No. 9 Tyler Scotton of Boston U., Durso was narrowly edged out by a 4-2 score in sudden victory. The junior 141pounder's second win of the day came in the consolation bracket where he took down Penn's Jeff Canfora with a 9-5 decision.
With the win, Durso now has 100 for his career, which is good for second on the program's all-time list. Craig Blackman '81 holds the record with 117 victories.
In tomorrow's session, Durso will need a pair of wins to advance to the third-place match.
Sharron Townsend and Chuckie Kerkesner also earned points for F&M on the day with wins in each of their opening bouts. Townsend narrowly edged out Harvard's Nick Stager with a 9-8 decision at 149 but fell to No. 8 Noel Blanko of Drexel in his next matchup. Townsend's day came to an end in the wrestle backs where he was pinned in his opening match.
Kerkesner pinned Sacred Heart's Sam Morison at 4:52 in his first contest at 197. In his following match, Kerkesner fell by pin to the bracket's No. 3 seed in Daniel Mitchell of American.
Jason Bing put up a fight at 125, taking the bracket's No. 3 seed, Jamie Franco of Hofstra, to the wire but eventually fell short in a 4-0 loss.
The Diplomats accumulated 11 points on the day and sit in 17th place heading into tomorrow. Cornell holds the lead with 92 points so far in the competition, followed by Lehigh in second with 62.5.