Durso Takes Eighth at NCAA D1 Championships

Durso Takes Eighth at NCAA D1 Championships

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Franklin & Marshall's No. 12 Richard Durso wrapped up his run at the NCAA D1 Wrestling Championships on Saturday afternoon with a 6-5 decision loss against Michigan's No. 13 Stephen Dutton III in the seventh-place title match. Durso finished the tournament in eighth-place, making him an All-American for the first time in his career and giving the program its first All-America honor since 1981. 

Durso (37-6) wrapped up action at the NCAA Tournament with a 3-3 record, beginning with a 5-2 decision victory over Maryland's Shyhiem Brown in the first round on Thursday. In the evening, Durso advanced to the quarterfinals for the second-straight year after pulling off an upset victory over the bracket's no. 5 seed, Old Dominion's Chris Mecate, with a narrow 3-2 decision in the second round. 

Virginia Tech's No. 4 Devin Carter slipped past Durso in the quarterfinals with a 4-3 decision after recording a takedown with less than 40 seconds remaining in the third, but Durso responded in resounding fashion in the wrestlebacks. Against No. 15 Anthony Collica of Oklahoma State in the fourth round of consolations, F&M's junior grappler dominated throughout for the 13-2 major decision to become the program's first All-American since Craig Blackman in 1981. 

In the battle for seventh place against Michigan's Dutton, F&M's junior 141-pounder opened with a takedown on the edge of the circle just 45 seconds into the first to take the 2-0 lead. 

Dutton countered with an escape nearly a minute later to pull within one, however Durso managed to enter the second with 1:10 of riding time. Durso chose down to start the second and quickly scored two off a reversal just 15 seconds in to capture the 4-1 lead. After riding out Dutton throughout the remainder of the period, Durso locked up the riding time point heading into the final stanza with his three-point lead. 

Michigan's grappler chose neutral to start the third and picked up a takedown 30 seconds in, before following up with three nearfall points to pull ahead by two at 6-4. With the riding time point in hand, Durso fought hard to register an escape, which would have tied the bout, but was unable to do so as Dutton held on for the 6-5 victory. 

Durso's 37 wins on the season place second on the program's all-time list, a record he currently holds after registering 39 during his sophomore campaign.