LANCASTER, Pa. – Coming off of its first dual-meet victory of the season, Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team is set to travel to Lock Haven for the Mat Town Open on Sunday.
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The Week Ahead
Sunday, Nov. 30 – F&M at the Mat Town Open (Hosted by Lock Haven) – All Day
A Look at the Mat Town Open
The Diplomats will compete in the open at Thomas Fieldhouse for the fourth consecutive year. Last Season, three F&M wrestlers nabbed three top-five finishes at the event with Richard Durso taking the championship at 141, Robert Ruiz taking third at 133 and Jason Bing coming away with a fourth-place showing at 125.
Durso earned four-straight victories to run the table in his bracket, picking up a third first-place finish on the season. He began the tournament with a pin before following with a 10-0 major decision in the second. Durso took down Colt Cotton of Bloomsburg with an 11-5 decision in the semifinals before winning the championship with a 5-2 score over Andrew Atkinson of Virginia.
Ruiz earned a win by technical fall in his opening bout before dropping down to the consolation bracket with a 7-0 loss in the second. He followed with four-straight victories, all with pins, to take home a third-place finish.
Bing opened at 125 with a pair of wins in the championship bracket, with a 2-1 and 5-3 decision before falling in the semifinals. In the consolations, he took down Josh Patrick of Rutgers but was edged out in the battle for third place by a 9-7 decision at the hands of Ronald Perry of Lock Haven.
Last Time Out
F&M grabbed three straight wins to open up its Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) dual with Sacred Heart on Sunday afternoon and never looked back, holding on for a 21-13 victory.
The dual win was the first of the season for the Diplomats, evening their record at 1-1, while the Pioneers fell to 0-1 in their opener.
Dan Martoccio scored an early takedown at 125 and held on for the decision to give F&M an early 3-0 lead. Patrick Quinlan continued with the stellar start to his freshman campaign, picking up a pin in the third period to extend the Diplomats' advantage to 9-0.
At 141, Ruiz stormed out of the gate, taking a 5-0 lead after the first. The senior grappler kept on the pressure in the second, leading the Pioneers' Kyle Brady by a 9-3 tally heading in the third en route to the 10-4 decision.
Sacred Heart began engineering a comeback at 149, closing the gap to nine at 12-3 with a decision and following with another decision at 157 to make it a 12-6 contest.
Freshman Jacob Conners stepped to the mat at 165 and exited with the momentum back on F&M's side after 4-2 OT thriller. Down 2-0 in the closing seconds of the third, Connor landed a clutch takedown to force overtime, eventually closing out the contest and handing the Diplomats a 15-6 advantage.
An early takedown kept Gordon Bolig out in front throughout his matchup at 175 to put F&M ahead by 12, however Sacred Heart answered with a major at 174 and a decision at 184 to put the Pioneers within shouting distance at 18-13 heading into the heavyweight matchup.
Following a scoreless first, Alex Henry took a 2-1 lead into the third and cruised in the final frame for the 6-2 win and the eight-point victory for the Diplomats.