F&M Set for Nittany Lion Open; Durso One Shy of Record

F&M Set for Nittany Lion Open; Durso One Shy of Record

LANCASTER, Pa. – One more competition remains on the slate for Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team, before a three-week winter break, when the Diplomats travel to Penn State on Sunday to compete in the Nittany Lion Open. 

The Week Ahead 

Sunday, Dec. 6 – Nittany Lion Open (Penn State) 

A Look at the Nittany lion Open: The nation's No. 1 team Penn State is set to host its annual open tournament on Sunday at the Lorenzo Wrestling Complex in State College, beginning at 10:00 a.m. F&M will take part in the event for the second straight year after 11 of the Diplomats' grapplers competed in 2014. Rick Durso led the pack with a first-place showing at 149 after registering five consecutive wins, including a 7-5 decision over Lehigh's Laike Gardner in the championship bout.

Jason Bing represented F&M at 141 and dominated his opponent by with a 15-4 major in his opening bout, but dropped down to the consolation bracket after suffering a 9-4 loss in his next matchup. Bing followed with a pair of wins in consolations, a 10-1 major and a 7-0 decision, but saw his day come to an end with a 9-5 defeat. 

For a complete recap of last year's open, click here

Last Week: The Diplomats (2-5) opened action last Sunday at the fourth annual Grapple in the Garden dual meet competition with a dominant 34-12 win over Division III's Oswego St., before falling to Big-10 powerhouse Northwestern by a 30-18 margin to close out the competition. 

Against Oswego, F&M dominated from the onset and earned a pair of technical falls and two pins to jump out to a 28-0 lead. Four of the Diplomats other wins came by narrow decisions, including a thrilling 2-1 victory by Anthony Mancini in the tiebreaker at 184. Antonio Pelusi closed out action with a 3-1 decision at 285.

For the complete results from this match, click here.

Later in the afternoon against Northwestern, the match was tied at 9-9 early on after a Wildcat forfeit at 149. Edgar Garcia fell in a narrow 6-5 decision at 125, before a pin at 133 put F&M in an early hole. At 141, Durso went into the third ahead by a 4-2 score before a reversal from Northwestern's Jameson Oster tied the contest late. However, Durso registered a clutch escape in the closing minute to secure the win.

Northwestern pulled away with four straight wins from 157 to 184. Another Wildcat forfeit at 197, followed by Antonio Pelusi's second victory of the day at 285 brought the final score to a mere 12-point differential. Tied at 2-2 heading in the third, Pelusi chose bottom and eventually recorded the escape to hold on for the narrow 3-2 decision. 

For the complete results from this match, click here

Durso One Away: With an 10-5 record on the year, Durso is just one win away from tying the program's career record. The 141-pound grappler holds a 116-33 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. 19 – InterMat Wrestling

No. 23 – Wrestlingreport.com 

NR – The Open Mat (TOM)

NR – FLO Wrestling 

Team Leaders: Following Durso's 10 victories on the season, several Diplomats have had strong starts to the 2015-16 campaign. Pelusi has accumulated an 8-8 mark at 285 with wins in four of his previous five matchups. Jason Bing (149) is also even at 8-8 on the year and has three wins in his last four bouts. Anthony Mancini (184) is 7-8, including four victories against EIWA opponents. 

For a complete list of the team's statistics, click here.