LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team officially opens its 2015-16 campaign on Sunday, traveling to New Brunswick, N.J. for a trio of matches at the Rutgers Duals. The Diplomats' contest against Rutgers will be broadcast live on Big 10 Network (BTN) Plus, however, a subscription is required for the stream.
Sunday, Nov. 1 – F&M at Binghamton – 10:00 AM
Sunday, Nov. 1 – F&M at Rutgers – 12:00 PM
Sunday, Nov. 1 – F&M at Centenary – 2:00 PM
A Look at Binghamton: The Diplomats first match of the triple-header also opens Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) action when F&M squares off against Binghamton for the fifth time in program history. The edge belongs to the Diplomats at 3-2 with the last meeting coming on February 9, 2008 in a 41-4 F&M defeat.
A Look at Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights start off 2015 as the nation's 18th ranked team, finishing last season with a 14-7 record. One of nine Big 10 schools ranked in the top 25, Rutgers features a pair of All-Americans in redshirt sophomore Anthony Ashnault (141 pounds) and redshirt senior Anthony Perrotti (165 pounds). In a series dating back to 1927, the history between these two teams is exhaustive with Rutgers leading by a 30-16 all-time margin.
A Look at Centenary: F&M has never faced Centenary in dual-meet competition. The Cyclones, a Division III program, are led by junior Josh Sibles (174 pounds), who totaled 28 victories and was an NCAA Qualifier last season.
|125||Edgar Garcia||Thierno Diallo||Sean McCabe||Joey Zargo|
|or Chris Martorello||or Josh Patrick||or Christian Sable|
|133||Dan Martoccio, Paddy Quinlan||Jacob Nicholson||Anthony Giraldo||Jeff Rottingen|
|or Scott Stevens|
|141||No. 9 Rick Durso||Jesse Dellevecchia||No. 8 Anthony Ashnault||Max Nauta|
|or Nicholas Ottaviano|
|149||Jason Bing||Frankie Garcia||Tyson Dippery||Collin Farley|
|or Tom Quinlan||or Chris Muce
|157||Andrew Francos||Anthony DePrez||Richie Lewis||Unknown|
|or John Van Brill|
|165||Gordon Bolig||Vincent DePrez||Anthony Perrotti||Anthony Kubish, Donald Wagner|
|or Jacob Conners||or Jordan Pagano||or Allan Jordan|
|174||Colin Gironda||Jack McKeever||Phil Bakuckas||Josh Sibblies|
|or Jared Wehrmann||or Anthony Pafumi|
|184||Anthony Mancini||Steve Schneider||Nicholas Gravina||Joey Ragsdale|
|or Anthony Messner||or Ashton Robinson|
|197||Charles Kerkesner||Mark Tracy||Hayden Hrymack||Etiini Udott|
|or Corey Kerkesner||or Mike Yuhas|
|285||Antonio Pelusi||Connor Calkins||No. 8 Billy Smith||James Valley|
|* InterMat Rankings|
Durso Nearing Wins Record: Heading into the season, Durso is just 11 wins away from the program's career record. The 141-pound grappler holds a 106-28 mark and trails only Craig Blackman 81, who accumulated a 117-31-2 record.
Durso also looks to climb the career pins leaders, heading into the season with 18 in his career. Justin Herbert '09 leads the way with 35.
Where Durso Stacks Up
No. 8 – Wrestlingreport.com
No. 9 – FLO Wrestling
No. 9 – InterMat Wrestling
No. 9 – The Open Mat (TOM)
No. 11 – Amateur Wrestling News
Full House: F&M figures to be wrestling in front of a packed house on Sunday as Rutgers placed sixth in the nation in home attendance last season.