LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team will take a break from dual meet competition this weekend, sending split squads on Sunday to compete at both the Keystone Classic (hosted by Penn.) and the Mat Town Open (hosted by Lock Haven).
The Week Ahead
Sunday, Nov. 22 – Keystone Classic (hosted by Penn.)
Sunday, Nov. 22 – Mat Town Open (hosted by Lock Haven)
A Look at the Keystone Classic: A total of 13 teams are expected to compete at the Palestra for Sunday's 2015 Keystone Classic. This year's tournament is expected to feature some of the toughest competition the Diplomats have faced so far this year, with 17 wrestlers ranked in the top-20 of their respective weight classes. At last year's tournament, 31 grapplers who competed at the Classic went on to become NCAA Qualifiers, including a trio of All-Americans.
Tickets for the Keystone Classic can be purchased online here, or by calling the Penn Athletics Ticket Office at (215) 898-6151.
A Look at the Mat Town Open: F&M has competed in the annual Mat Town Open each of the last four seasons, including last year when Rick Durso (149) took first for the second season in a row and Paddy Quinlan placed third at 133. Following an opening round loss at 125, Dan Martoccio recorded a pair of wins, including a 12-0 major and a pin to reach the consolation semifinals, but fell by a 7-1 decision in his quest for third.
Last Week: A pair of dual meets, including the Diplomats' home opener, and the Fall Brawl, hosted by Ursinus, highlighted a busy weekend for F&M.
Action began on Friday when the Diplomats welcomed Bucknell to the Mayser Center, but fell in a 33-3 defeat. Durso (141) appeared to have his match in hand late in the third, however, a takedown from the Bisons' Tyler Smith handed him a narrow 11-10 loss. Jason Bing battled the nation's No. 19 wrestler Victor Lopez at 149 and was edged out by a narrow 6-5 score, while Anthony Mancini registered F&M's points with a 3-2 decision at 184.
The complete recap from Friday can be found here.
David Brennan led a handful of F&M wrestlers on Saturday with a third-place finish in the 157-pound bracket at the Fall brawl, hosted by Ursinus. Tom Quinlan was solid at 149, beginning his day with three straight wins in the championship bracket, but came up short in the semifinals by a narrow 5-1 loss. At 197, Corey Kerkesner pinned his opening opponent, but fell down to consolations with a loss in the semifinals. The Diplomats' freshman grappler responded with a 10-4 win to reach the third-place match, where he was edged out by a 6-3 tally.
The complete recap from Saturday can be found here.
Against VMI on Sunday, F&M led early by a 6-4 score after a 3-0 decision from Scott Stevens at 133 and a 12-8 decision from P. Quinlan at 141. However, the Keydets answered back with six straight wins to pull ahead for good. Antonio Pelusi closed out action on a high note, earning a closely contested 3-2 decision at 285. Pelusi trailed by a 1-0 margin heading into the third, before picking up an escape and a takedown to record the win.
The complete recap from Sunday can be found here.
Durso Nearing Wins Record: With a 4-4 record on the year, Durso is just seven wins away from tying the program's career record. The 141-pound grappler holds a 110-32 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. 15 – InterMat Wrestling
No. 23 – Wrestlingreport.com
NR – The Open Mat (TOM)
NR – FLO Wrestling