Northwestern on Slate for Grapple in the Garden

Northwestern on Slate for Grapple in the Garden

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's wrestlers will get a unique opportunity over the weekend to compete in one of the nation's most historic sporting venues, and the site of this year's NCAA Tournament, when the Diplomats take part in the fourth annual Grapple at the Garden dual meet on Sunday in Madison Square Garden. 

Action begins with Oswego St. at 9:45 a.m., followed by the No. 20 ranked Northwestern Wildcats of the Big 10 at 11:45 a.m.

The Week Ahead

Sunday, Nov. 29 – Oswego St. – 9:45 AM

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Sunday, Nov. 29 – No. 21 Northwestern – 11:45 AM

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A Look at the Grapple at the Garden: A total of 22 colleges and universities will compete on Sunday, led by five programs ranked inside the top 20. The Grapple at the Garden has become a staple on the college-wrestling calendar and brings together the largest group of programs in a dual meet format. Featuring three collegiate dual-meet sessions starting at 8:00 a.m., Division 1 powerhouses Cornell, Nebraska, Penn State, Maryland and Illinois are among the handful of teams taking part. 

F&M enters action with a 1-4, 0-2 EIWA mark and has already faced a pair of top programs in Rutgers and Bucknell.

Scouting Oswego St.: One of four Division III teams being invited to the event, Oswego enters Sunday with an 0-1 record after falling to RIT by a 23-15 score on Saturday, Nov. 14. The Lakers finished 15th out of 18 squads at last season's Mideast Regional and have last produced an NCAA Qualifier in 2013.

Scouting Northwestern: The Wildcats open dual-meet competition on Sunday by facing off against Drexel at 9:00 a.m. Ranked No. 20 in the country and celebrating its 100th season of competition, Northwestern has accumulated a total of 10 national champions, 40 Big Ten Championships, 63 All-Americans and finished as high as fourth at the NCAA Championships in 1990 and 2007. 

Jason Tsirtsis highlights the squad at 149 as the No. 1 grappler in his weight class. The redshirt junior has won consecutive Big Ten Titles, is a two-time All-American and captured the 2014 national championship. 

Last Week: 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 F&M 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. 

For a complete recap of both events, click here

Durso Nearing Wins Record: With an 8-5 record on the year, Durso is just three wins away from tying the program's career record. The 141-pound grappler holds a 114-33 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. 18 – InterMat Wrestling

No. 23 – Wrestlingreport.com 

NR – The Open Mat (TOM)

NR – FLO Wrestling