F&M Opens Dual Meet Competition at Army

F&M Opens Dual Meet Competition at Army

Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team continues its 2014-15 season on Sunday, sending a split squad to compete at the Stroudsburg Open and taking on Army on the road at 2:00 p.m. for its first dual meet competition of the year. 

The Week Ahead

Sunday, Nov. 16 – F&M at Stroudsburg Open – All Day 

Sunday, Nov. 16 – F&M at Army – 2:00 PM 

A Look at the Stroudsburg Open

The Diplomats travel to the East Stroudsburg Open on Sunday to compete in the 48th annual tournament for the second consecutive year. Last season, Scott Stevens took his opening bout at 133 against Connor Kirkegard of Delaware Valley with a 3-2 decision before falling by decision in the next round at 4-2. In the consolation bracket, Stevens won three decisions (8-4, 3-2, 8-6) to advance to the finals but came up just short after being defeated by fall in the battle for fifth place. 

Charles Kerkesner earned a pair of wins by fall in the 197 championship bracket but fell to Harrison Cook of the University of Pennsylvania in the third round at 13-5. 

A Look at Army

F&M starts off Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) action by competing against Army in its first dual meet of the season. The Diplomats trail in the all-time series by a 7-25-1 mark dating back to 1926. These teams squared off last season on Nov. 2, when the Black Knights rode out of Lancaster with a 34-4 win. 

Richard Durso picked up the lone win for F&M at 141. Durso jumped out to an early 2-1 edge in the first before adding three more in the second period for a 5-1 advantage.  The junior added five more points in the final stanza and picked up one more for riding time to come away with the 11-1 major decision. 

Projected Lineup – F&M         Projected Lineup – Army
           

125 – Dan Martoccio

133 - Patrick Quinlan

141 - Robert Ruiz

149 – Brandon Giovanetti or Sharron Townsend

157 - Rob King

165 - Andrew Francos

174 - Gordon Bolig

184 – Adam Schroeder

197 – Antonio Pelusi

HWT - Alex Henry

        125 - Sean Badua

133 - Christian Doyle

141 - Logan Everett

149 - Andrew Mendel

157 - Russell Parsons

165 - Chandler Smith

174 - Brian Harvey

184 - Austin Wilding

197 - Stephen Snyder

HWT - Trevor Smith

Last Time Out 

The Diplomats started off their season last weekend by sending a split squad to compete at the Fall Brawl, hosted by Ursinus, on Saturday, while the other half of F&M's team traveled to the Binghamton Open on Sunday. 

At the Fall Brawl, Ekow Eshun and Anthony Mancini both advanced to the championship semifinal round of their respective brackets to pace F&M. 

Eshun rattled off a pair of wins at 174, including a 7-2 decision in his opening match, followed by a pin just 51 seconds into his quarterfinal bout to advance into the semifinal round. Taking part in his first collegiate tournament, Mancini was impressive at 184 with a pair of decisions to reach the semifinals of the championship bracket. After falling by a major decision, his day came to an end in the consolations with a narrow 11-8 decision. 

On Sunday at the Fall Brawl, Durso, wrestling unattached, fell in a heartbreaking 5-3 sudden victory defeat in the 149 championship quarterfinals to the eventual first-place finisher, Cornell's Chris Villalonga. However, Durso battled back in consolations, earning a 9-0 major before capturing a narrow 2-0 decision against Binghamton's Joe Banaldi for third place. 

Alex Henry began his day with a 3-1 decision in the 285 championship bracket before falling in the quarterfinals. The Diplomats' senior grappler came back with a pair of decisions in consolations, advancing into the semifinals. Henry's quest for third place came to an end against Old Dominion's Matt Tourdot, falling by a 7-3 decision.