LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall hosts Bucknell on Friday at the Mayser Center for its first home dual of the season, before sending wrestlers to compete in a pair of tournaments over the weekend as well as a matchup on the road against VMI on Sunday.
The Week Ahead
Friday, Nov. 13 – F&M vs. Bucknell | 7:30 PM
Saturday, Nov. 14 – Fall Brawl (Hosted by Ursinus)
Sunday, Nov. 15 – F&M at VMI | 2:00 PM
Sunday, Nov. 15 – East Stroudsburg Open
A Look at Bucknell: F&M (1-2, 0-1 EIWA) leads the all-time series against the Bison (0-1, 0-1 EIWA) at 21-13-1, dating back to the 1947 season. These squads faced off last season with No. 22 Bucknell coming away with a 33-6 win in Lewisburg. Charles Kerkesner (197) defeated Tom Lyster by a 6-5 score, while Robbie King (157) downed Logan Kerin by a 4-3 mark. For a complete recap, click here.
Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponent Bucknell features nationally ranked grapplers at 125 (Paul Petrov – No. 14) and 149 (Victor Lopez – No. 19).
A Look at the Tournaments: The Diplomats will send a small squad to Ursinus on Saturday with around eight of their wrestlers competing in five weight classes. Last season, Anthony Mancini reached the Championship Semifinal at 184 with a pair of decisions. F&M will send a split squad to East Stroudsburg on Sunday, with four wrestlers expected to compete. Last season, Scott Stevens and Richard Durso (wrestling unattached) both reached the quarterfinals of their respective brackets but fell just short of the semifinals.
A Look at VMI: The all-time series lead belongs to VMI (0-1) by a narrow 11-7-1 margin, dating back to the 1927 season. On Dec. 12 of last season, the Keydets pulled off a tightly-contested 24-19 win in Lancaster after taking wins in six of the 10 bouts.
VMI features one nationally ranked wrestler, in No. 28 Shabaka Johns at 165.
|125||Edgar Garcia||Paul Petrov (No. 14)*||Dalton Henderson|
|133||Scott Stevens||Grim Gonzalez||Bennie Pachello|
|or Paddy Quinlan|
|141||Rick Durso (No. 13)*||Tyler Smith||Hunter Starner|
|149||Jason Bing||Victor Lopez (No. 19)*||Emmitt Kelly|
|157||Andrew Francos||Logan Kerin||Neal Richards|
|165||Gordon Bolig||Robert Schlitt||Shabaka Johns (No. 28)**|
|or D.J. Hollingshead|
|174||Colin Gironda||Rustin Barrick||Mark Darr|
|or Jared Wehrmann||or Nick Stephani|
|184||Anthony Mancini||Tom Sleigh||Derek Thurman|
|197||Charles Kerkesner||Tyler Greene||Urayoan Garcia|
|285||Antonio Pelusi||Chuck Boddy||Tasi Mathias|
|or Joe Stolfi|
|* Intermat Rankings|
|** Wrestling Report|
Last Week: The Diplomats competed at the sixth annual Jonathon Kaloust Bearcat Open, hosted by Binghamton on Sunday afternoon. Durso started out on a tear at 141, opening with a 17-0 tech. fall victory over Cornell's Eli Bienstock in his first bout and following with another 15-0 tech. fall in his second matchup. However, Durso fell by a 19-9 major in the round of 16, before seeing his day come to an end with his second loss of the day in the wrestlebacks.
Wrestling unattached, King (165) registered a pair of decisions to reach the quarterfinals, taking down Lehigh's Charles Sell (8-4 decision) in his first matchup and Maryland's Josh Ugalde (3-2) in his second contest. Following a 6-3 loss, King battled back in consolations for a 4-1 win in sudden victory, before bowing out in his next matchup.
Alumni Night: Friday's contest against Bucknell also marks Alumni Night for the program, which is meant for former wrestlers and current supporters of F&M wrestling to reconnect. Diplomat wrestling alumni who are expecting to attend Friday's match are encouraged to reach out to head coach Mike Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mike Childs (email@example.com) so they can be recognized before the contest.
Durso Nearing Wins Record: With a 4-3 record last week, Durso is just seven wins away from tying the program's career record. The 141-pound grappler holds a 110-31 mark and trails only Craig Blackman 81, who accumulated a 117-31-2 record.
Durso also looks to climb the career pins leaders and currently has 18 in his career. Justin Herbert '09 leads the way with 35.
Where Durso Stacks Up
No. 13 – InterMat Wrestling
No. 14 – The Open Mat (TOM)
No. 15 – Wrestlingreport.com
NR – FLO Wrestling