OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A takedown with under 40 seconds to go in the third period allowed No. 4 Devin Carter of Virginia Tech. to slip past Franklin & Marshall's Richard Durso by a 4-3 score in Friday morning's NCAA D1 Wrestling Championships quarterfinal round.
The loss sends No. 12 Durso into the final eight of the wrestlebacks where he will square off tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET against the winner of No. 7 Zach Horan of Central Michigan and No. 15 Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State. A victory guarantees Durso a top-eight finish and earns him All-American status, giving him a chance to become the first F&M wrestler to garner All-America honors since Craig Blackman in 1981.
Durso took the lead over Carter, the 2014 ACC Champion, with just under 1:20 to go in the first period, when the Diplomats' 141 pounder secured a takedown near the middle of the circle for a 2-0 lead. Carter got to his feet with 40 seconds to go in the stanza but Durso was there to slam him back down to the mat and ride him out for the rest of the period, collecting 1:25 of riding time heading into the second.
Durso chose down to start the next frame and earned the escape just 10 seconds in to take the 3-0 lead. Carter followed with a takedown 1:20 into the period to cut Durso's lead to one at 3-2. Durso fought hard in the finals seconds of the second, trying to kick away from Carter's grasp and earn the escape, but came up short as Carter drove the riding time under a minute to close out the stanza.
The pair of grapplers started at neutral to kick off the third and after limited action through the opening minute, Durso still held the one-point lead. However, with 40 seconds to go in the match, Carter managed to slip behind Durso and pick up the 4-3 advantage with a takedown of F&M's junior 141-pounder. Durso was unable to escape Carter's hold in the final seconds, falling in heartbreaking fashion.