Durso Set for NCAA D1 Championships

Durso Set for NCAA D1 Championships

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NCAA Championships Schedule 

Thursday, March 20

Session I: 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: ESPNU/ESPN3.com)

Session II: 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. ET (TV: ESPNU/ESPN3.com) 

Friday, March 21

Quarterfinals: 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET (TV: ESPNU/ESPN3.com)

Semifinals: 8 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET (TV: ESPN/ESPN3.com)

Saturday, March 22

Championship Medal Round: 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET (TV: ESPNU/ESPN3.com)

Finals: 8 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET (TV: ESPN/ESPN3.com) 

Broadcast Information 

All six sessions will be broadcast over the web and live on television by the ESPN Networks. Both sessions on Thursday will be broadcast live on ESPNU and will be streamed on ESPN3.com. The quarterfinals on Friday will be shown live on ESPNU, while the semifinals will be aired on ESPN. Saturday's medal round will be broadcast on ESPNU, while the championships finals, set for 8:00 p.m. ET, will be shown on ESPN. 

The Road Ahead for Durso 

Richard Durso enters the tournament with an impressive 34-3 record on the season, a winner of 19 out of his last 20 matchups and the No. 12 seed in the 141-pound bracket. He opens competition in the first round against Maryland's Shyheim Brown, a native of Harrisburg Pa., who enters action with an 18-6 record. Durso and Brown have squared off once before, with the Diplomats' grappler coming away with a 3-0 decision in the semifinals of the 2013 F&M Open.

The winner of that match will advance to the second round on Thursday night to face off against the winner of Old Dominion's Chris Mecate (No. 5) and Oregon State's Joey Delgado. Durso has never faced Delgado but took on Mecate once before, dropping a 5-1 decision in the championship bout of the 2012 Mat-Town Open. 

F&M head wrestling coach Mike Rogers offers a preview of the championships, which can be found here. 

Last Year at NCAA D1 Championships 

At the 2013 NCAA Championships, Durso advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over Wyoming's McCade Ford and Minnesota's Nick Dardanes in the first and second rounds, respectively, before being edged out by top-seeded Hunter Stieber of Ohio State with a 9-8 score, sending him to the wrestlebacks. 

There, Durso narrowly missed out on becoming F&M's first All-American wrestler since 1981 by suffering a 6-3 loss by decision to Virginia Tech's Zach Neibert. 

Last Time Out (EIWA Championships) 

Durso captured four-straight matchups in the consolations of the EIWA Championships to take third place in the 141-pound bracket, earning a spot on the medal stand for the third-straight year.

After falling to Boston U.'s Tyler Scotton by a narrow 4-2 score in sudden victory, Durso answered in resounding fashion behind four-straight wins that included a 3-0 victory by decision in a rematch over Scotton to secure third-place. 

For complete results of this competition, click here.

Passing the Century Mark 

After taking down Penn's Jeff Canfora with a 9-5 decision at the EIWA Championships, Durso became just the second wrestler in F&M history to eclipse the 100 win mark. The junior 141-pounder now has 103 wins in his career, good for second on the all-time list behind Craig Blackman '81 who has 117. 

For a complete list of Durso's matches on the season, click here.