Diplomats Place Wrestlers at Keystone Classic, Mat Town Open

Diplomats Place Wrestlers at Keystone Classic, Mat Town Open

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Rick Durso took third in the 141 bracket at the Keystone Classic, hosted by Penn., while Robbie King secured second in the 165-pound bracket at the Mat Town Open, hosted by Lock Haven. The pair of Franklin & Marshall grapplers paced the Diplomats' split squad at each respective tournament on Sunday afternoon.

F&M finished with 32.5 team points at the Keystone Classic, good for 10th out of 12 competing teams, while the Mat Town Open did not feature team scoring. 

Durso began action with an 18-0 tech. fall and a 3-2 decision to reach the championship semifinals, before dropping a narrow 7-5 decision against Pittsburgh's Mike Racciato. In the wrestlebacks, Durso reached the third-place match with a 6-3 decision and closed out his day with a convincing 10-2 major decision over Penn.'s A.J. Vindici for third. Paddy Quinlan also took part at 141, pinning his opening opponent at 5:07.

Antonio Pelusi reached the consolation semifinals at 285, going 3-3 on the day, including a pair of 3-2 decisions and a 4-2 decision in sudden victory against Harvard's Nick Gajdzik. He reached the fifth-place match but was overcome by Drexel's Joseph Goodhart by a close 3-1 loss in overtime. 

Brother's Charles Kerkesner and Corey Kerkesner faced each other in the 197-consolation bracket, with Charles coming away with a 7-0 decision. The senior grappler followed with a 7-2 decision in the next match, before seeing his day come to an end in the following round. 

Jason Bing and Tom Quinlan both provided strong showings in the 149 bracket. Bing registered a pair of decisions in his first pair of contests, downing VMI's Alex Rinehart by a 12-5 score and Eastern Michigan's Nick Barber by a 15-11 tally. He closed out his day with a 3-2 overall mark after recording a 13-4 major decision in consolations. Quinlan secured a thrilling 6-4 sudden victory in the wrestlebacks over Pittsburgh's Robert Lee.

Edgar Garcia captured a 9-2 decision at 125 against Pennsylvania's Jon Guevara, while David Brennan came away with an 8-5 decision in the 157-consolation bracket. At 165, Gordon Bolig edged his opening foe by a 9-6 decision, while Anthony Mancini also came away with a closely-contested win, shutting down Appalachian State's Taylor Jackson by a 1-0 score at 184. 

At the Mat Town Open, King earned a pair of pins, followed by a 1-0 victory  over Bucknell's Joey Krulock to reach the 165 finals. King had to settle for second place after dropping a 14-3 major decision against Edinboro's Ty Schoffstall in the championship bout. 

Brandon Giovanetti and Sam Butler competed for the Diplomats at 149. Giovanetti earned a 5-2 decision in his opening match, while Butler fell by a 10-1 major in his first contest of the day, but responded with a 6-1 decision to reach the consolation semifinals. 

Michael Marano fell by a 5-0 mark in the 157 championship bracket, however, he pinned his first opponent, Sacred Heart's Matt Herbert, in the wrestle backs at 4:42.

F&M returns to the mat next Sunday, traveling to New York City to compete at the Grapple in the Garden. The Diplomats are set to face Oswego St. at 9:45 a.m. and Big-10 opponent Northwestern at 11:45 a.m., both in Madison Square Garden.