LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team wrapped up a busy Sunday, sending a split squad to compete at the Stroudsburg Open, while also opening its dual meet season with a 36-6 loss to Army on the road.
Against their Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) foe Army, the Diplomats began the match strong when Alex Henry picked up a 4-1 decision at 285 to hand F&M an early 3-0 lead.
The Black Knights quickly tied up the contest when Dan Martoccio fell by a narrow 5-2 score at 125. The Diplomats responded when Patrick Quinlan landed a dominant 10-3 decision to pull F&M ahead at 6-3, however it was all Army after that point as the Black Nights followed with eight straight wins for the 30-point victory.125: Sean Badua (A) dec. Dan Martoccio, 5-2 133: Patrick Quinlan (F) dec. Christian Doyle, 10-3 141: Logan Everett (A) dec. Robert Ruiz, 12-7 149: Andrew Mendel (A) maj. dec. Brandon Giovanetti, 11-1 157: Russell Parsons (A) dec. Rob King, 5-2 165: Chandler Smith (A) pinned Andrew Francos (2:45) 174: Brian Harvey (A) tech. fall Gordon Bolig, 17-2 184: Austin Wilding (A) pinned Adam Schroeder (4:55) 197: Stephen Snyder (A) pinned Antonio Pelusi (5:40) 285: Alex Henry (F) dec. Mason Kumashiro, 4-1
Competing at 133, Stevens opened with a 3-0 decision over Binghamton's Robert Pearson and followed with a 3-1 win against Rutgers' Jalen Ramos. Durso was dominant in the early going, earning three straight major victories at 10-0, 15-0 and 9-1.
Sam Butler came away with a 13-5 major decision in his opening bout, while adding a pin in consolations to go 2-2 on the day. Jason Bing also competed in the 141 bracket, earning a decisive 19-4 major in consolations.
In the 149 championship bracket, Michael Marano was impressive with a pair of decisions at 7-2 and 4-1. Marano added a 7-0 decision in consolations to end his day at 3-2. Ekow Eshun picked up a win in the 165 championship bracket, downing Daniel Holland of Life University by a dominant 22-7 score, but was pinned in the following round.
Charles Kerkesner and Isaiah Cromwell both competed at 285, with each earning a victory in the championship bracket. Kerkesner registered a 4-1 decision in his opening bout, while Cromwell recorded a 6-3 decision of his own in the senior grappler's opening match.
The Diplomats return to action on Sunday, traveling to Sacred Heart for an EIWA dual meet, beginning at 5:30 p.m.