LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team battled early but was unable to overcome a series of tough matchups in the middle of the lineup, as Princeton came away with a 25-9 victory on Saturday evening at the Mayser Center.
The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) defeat dropped the Diplomats to 2-5 in dual meet competition, while the Tigers improved to 6-5.
Princeton clawed its way out to a 3-0 lead following the opening bout at 125, but F&M's Edgar Garcia fought hard throughout the defeat. Garcia was ahead by a 5-3 score following the opening period, before nine points from the Tigers in the second stanza sealed the decision.
Scott Stevens quickly tied the match at 3-3 with his 6-2 decision at 133. The junior grappler earned a pair of takedowns, one in both the first and third periods, to claim the victory. Princeton jumped back out in front with a 4-2 decision at 141, but needed a pair of sudden victories to do so. Points proved hard to come by in the matchup as a late takedown in overtime from the Tigers' Jordan Laster made the difference.
Following a narrow 13-9 loss at 149, F&M got the momentum back on its side at 157, when a dramatic Rob King escape with just 16 seconds remaining in the third broke a scoreless tie and handed the 1-0 decision to the Diplomats' senior.
Trailing by a meager 9-6 score heading into 165, F&M suffered a pin at 174, a 10-6 loss at 174 and a 17-7 major at 184 to fall behind for good at 22-6. Charles Kerkesner provided a positive note at 197, scoring three takedowns and a pair of reversals to capture the 10-5 decision.
The Diplomats return to action on Saturday, competing in their final home dual of the season. Saturday's EIWA bout against Drexel will serve as senior day for F&M, with action beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Princeton 25, Franklin & Marshall 9
125: Ryan Cash (PRIN) over Edgar Garcia (F&M) (Dec 12-5)
133: Scott Stevens (F&M) over Jordan Reich (PRIN) (Dec 6-2)
141: Jordan Laster (PRIN) over Robert Ruiz (F&M) (SV-2 4-2)
149: Nick Maselli (PRIN) over Thomas Quinlan (F&M) (Dec 13-9)
157: Rob King (F&M) over Rich Eva (PRIN) (Dec 1-0)
165: Jonathan Schleifer (PRIN) over Andy Francos (F&M) (Fall 2:33)
174: Judd Ziegler (PRIN) over Gordon Bolig (F&M) (Dec 9-6)
184: Brett Harner (PRIN) over Anthony Mancini (F&M) (MD 16-7)
197: Charles Kerkesner (F&M) over Ian Baker (PRIN) (Dec 10-5)
285: Ray O`Donnell (PRIN) over Alex Henry (F&M) (Dec 5-3)