F&M Welcomes Bucknell on Friday; Busy Weekend Ahead

F&M Welcomes Bucknell on Friday; Busy Weekend Ahead

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

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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. 

F&M fought hard with victories from Paddy Quinlan at 133 (Fall 1:37), Sharron Townsend at 149 (MD 16-6), King at 157 (Fall 2:14) and Kerkesner at 197 (Dec. 6-3). For the complete recap, click here. 

VMI features one nationally ranked wrestler, in No. 28 Shabaka Johns at 165. 

Projected Lineups 


F&M Bucknell VMI
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.

For the complete recap, click here. For a complete list of season statistics, click here.

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 (mrogers@fandm.edu) or Mike Childs (mchilds@fandm.edu) 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