OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – With a dominant 13-2 major decision over Oklahoma State's No. 15 Anthony Collica in the fourth round of the wrestlebacks on Friday evening, Franklin & Marshall's No. 12 Richard Durso secured the school's first All-America honor since 1981. Durso fell to the 141-pound bracket's No. 1 seed Mitchell Port of Edinboro in the following round of the NCAA D1 Championships by an 11-3 score, and will battle Michigan's No. 13 Stephen Dutton III on Saturday morning for seventh place.
Tomorrow's championship medal round begins at 11:00 a.m. ET. The session will be broadcast on ESPNU and will be streamed online through ESPN3.com. Fans can also follow the live results, which can be found here.
Durso (37-5), competing in the NCAA Tournament for the third-straight season, is guaranteed a top-eight finish and the program's first All-America nod since Craig Blackman in 1981.
In the consolation fourth round against Collica, a back-and forth effort with under one minute in the first ended with Collica on his back and a takedown awarded to Durso for the 2-0 lead. F&M's junior grappler quickly turned the takedown into three nearfall points just seconds later, pinning Collica faced down on the mat and riding him out for the rest of the frame.
Durso started the second in the down position with a 5-0 lead that soon grew to 6-0 after the Diplomats' 141 pounder registered the escape just 10 seconds in. With just under a minute to go in the stanza, Durso nabbed another takedown to increase his advantage to 8-0.
With under 30 seconds to go in the second, Collica finally got on the board with an escape but Durso followed with his second take down of the period just seconds later for the dominant 10-1 lead. An escape by Collica in the closing seconds of the frame made it a 10-2 score heading into the third.
Collica's decision to begin the third on top failed with 1:20 to go, as Durso earned another two points off a reversal for the 10-point lead. Another point for riding time followed to give Durso the 13-2 major decision victory.
With the win, Durso earned a matchup with the bracket's No. 1 seed Mitchell Port in the fifth round of the wrestlebacks. Port took control early on with a 5-0 lead off a takedown and three nearfall points in the first. Durso cut into the deficit with a reversal in the closing seconds to make it 5-2 heading into the next stanza.
Choosing bottom to open the second, Port picked up the escape within the first 20 seconds and followed with another takedown for the 8-2 lead. Durso nearly came to neutral in the closing seconds of the frame but Port held on to deny the escape and clinch the point for riding time going into the third.
Durso opened the third in the down position and made it 8-3 with an escape 15 seconds into the period, but another takedown from Port pushed the lead to 11-3. F&M's grappler fought hard to kick away from Port's grasp but the 141 pounder from Edinboro remained in control on top throughout the remainder of the third to close out the match.