LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team heads to Sacred Heart on Sunday, seeking its first dual meet victory of the 2014-15 season. The Diplomats head into the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) matchup with an 0-1 mark, while the Pioneers will take part in its first dual meeting competition of the year.
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The Week Ahead
Sunday, Nov. 23 – F&M at Sacred Heart – 5:30 PM
A Look at Sacred Heart
F&M continues its dual met season on Sunday against Sacred Heart. The Diplomats are 5-2 all-time against the Pioneers, dating back to the beginning of the series in 2000. The last time these squads met was Jan. 17 of last season, when F&M blanked Sacred Heart with a 43-0 score, the program's first shutout since 2006 (40-0 against Delaware State).
In last year's matchup, Jason Bing got the action underway at 125 with a commanding 15-3 major decision over Joe Harris. F&M followed with three-straight pins from Robert Ruiz at 125, Richard Durso at 141 and Sharron Townsend at 149 to put the Diplomats out in front by a 22-0 margin. Andrew Murano earned F&M's second major decision of the evening with a 14-5 victory, that included six takedowns, to make the score 26-0.
Rob King was in control throughout his bout at 165, taking an early 11-1 lead after the first period against the Pioneers' Johnny Vrasidas on his way to a 17-1 tech. fall win.
Ahead at 5-4 heading into the third, Colin Gironda picked up an early reverse before Zachary Moran countered with an escape, followed by a takedown, to even the score at 7-7. Gironda sealed the victory at 174 with an escape in the closing seconds en route to the 9-7 win.
Last Time Out
F&M 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.
At the East Stroudburg Open, Scott Stevens and Durso (wrestling unattached) both reached the quarterfinals of their respective brackets. 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. Bing also competed in the 141 bracket, earning a decisive 19-4 major in consolations.