EVANSTON, Ill. – Richard Durso wrestled back in the 149 consolation bracket to register a fifth-place finish at the 52nd annual historic Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern University on Tuesday. The result marked the second consecutive year Durso placed in the top-5 at the tournament, after registering a fourth-place showing at 141 at last season's championships.
Following a 2-1 performance from yesterday, Durso opened action with 5-3 win against the bracket's No. 5 seed in Penn.'s C.J. Cobb that came down to the tiebreaker. Wrestling unattached and as the No. 3 seed in the bracket, Durso advanced to face off against No. 7 Alexander Richardson of Old Dominion and the guarantee of a top-six finish.
Durso landed a second-period reversal against Richardson to break a scoreless tie, and rode out his opponent through the remainder of the frame to head into the third with a 2-0 advantage. F&M's grappler tacked on a pair of nearfall points and added one for riding time to move on with a 5-1 decision.
The bracket's No. 6 seed in Iowa's Brandon Sorensen was the only thing standing in Durso's way of his second consecutive third-place title match appearance at the Midlands. However, after a pair of first-period takedowns from Sorensen put Durso in an early hole, the Hawkeye's grappler put the match out of reach with a high-scoring third period for the 19-7 major decision.
Durso was set to compete against No. 4 Brody Grothus of Iowa in the fifth-place title match, however Grothus withdrew due to a medical forfeit.
F&M returns to action on Saturday for the third annual David H. Lehman F&M Open at the Schnader Field House located inside the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Additional information about the event can be found here.