Durso Takes First at Nittany Lion Open

Durso Takes First at Nittany Lion Open

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Richard Durso captured his second tournament victory in a row to pace the Franklin & Marshall wrestling team at the Nittany Lion Open on Sunday afternoon in State College. 

Wrestling unattached, Durso opened the competition with a dominant 17-2 win and followed with a first-period pin to easily reach the quarterfinals.  Durso continued with a pair of decisions before downing Lehigh's Laike Gardner by a 7-5 score in the 149 championship to take first place. 

Competing at 125 for the Diplomats, Edgar Garcia fell in his opening bout by a narrow 8-5 decision but responded in consolations with a pin. The freshmen grappler's day came to an end in the following round with a 7-3 loss to Penn State's George Carpenter. 

Jason Bing represented F&M at 141 and dominated his opponent by with a 15-4 major in his opening bout, but dropped down to the consolation bracket after suffering a 9-4 loss in his next matchup. Bing followed with a pair of wins in consolations, a 10-1 major and a 7-0 decision, but saw his day come to an end with a 9-5 decision. 

Wrestling unattached in the open was F&M assistant coach Nestor Taffur. The former Boston University product rattled off five consecutive wins, including a pair of major decisions, to take the championship at 165. 

The Diplomats return to action on Friday when VMI heads to the Mayser Center for a 7:30 p.m. dual.