LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall brings 2015 to a close by sending wrestlers out to compete at the historic Midlands, hosted by Northwestern, for the third straight year, while also hosting the fourth annual David H. Lehman F&M Open.
The Week Ahead
Tuesday, Dec. 29 – Wednesday, Dec. 30 – Ken Kraft Midlands – All Day
Wednesday, Dec. 30 – David H. Lehman Open – 9:00 AM
A Look at the Midlands: The 52nd annual Len Kraft Midlands Championship, hosted by Northwestern University at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill., will feature some of the top wrestlers in the country in one of the premiere tournaments of the year.
F&M will send four grapplers out to compete in the historic event, including Scott Stevens (133), Rick Durso (141), Jason Bing (149) and Robbie King (unattached at 165). For more information on this year's competition, click here.
Durso is coming off of two consecutive top-five finishes at the tournament, securing fifth last season and fourth place in 2014. As the 149-pound bracket's No. 3 wrestler a year ago, Durso went 5-2, including a key 5-3 decision over the No. 5 seed, Penn.'s C.J. Cobb in the wrestle backs. King also earned a decision for the Diplomats, picking up a thrilling 5-3 sudden victory against Army's Connor Hedash in his opening bout at 157.
For a complete recap of last year's tournament, click here.
All-session passes are $60 for reserved seats and $50 for general admission. Single session tickets will also be sold. Visit nusports.com or call 888-GO-PURPLE for more information on ticket pricing.
A Look at the David H. Lehman F&M Open: On Wednesday, Dec. 30, the Diplomats will host their fourth annual open, this year taking place at the Marriott-Penn. Square Convention Center in downtown Lancaster. The increasingly popular event attracted nearly 400 wrestlers from more than 35 teams across all divisions a year ago.
Live results and up-to-date brackets will be available along with a live video feed of the championship mat. Links for both can be found on the tournament home page, located here.
Last season, Robert Ruiz captured third at 141, while Patrick Quinlan (133) and King (157) each registered a fourth-place showing to pace F&M.
For a complete recap, click here.
Last Time Out: Durso took third at 141, while Antonio Pelusi captured fifth at 285 to highlight a host of Diplomats at the Nittany Lion Open, hosted by Penn State on Sunday, Dec. 6.
As a team, F&M accumulated 45.5 points, good for 13th place out 51 scoring teams. A complete bracket from the tournament can be found here.
Durso Claims Record: With a 7-1 record at the Nittany Lion Open, Durso improved to 17-6 on the season, breaking Craig Blackman's '81 career mark of 117-31-2. A three-time NCAA qualifier and 2014 All-American, Durso now holds a 123-24 overall record.
Moving up the Chart: Durso also accumulated three pins during the tournament and now sits at 10th on the program's all-time list with 21 in his career. Justin Herbert '09 holds the record with 35.
Where Durso Stacks Up
No. 19 – InterMat Wrestling
No. 24 – Wrestlingreport.com
NR – The Open Mat (TOM)
NR – FLO Wrestling
Team Leaders: Following Durso's 17 victories on the season, several Diplomats have had strong starts to the 2015-16 campaign. Pelusi has accumulated a 13-10 mark at 285 with wins in eight of his previous 10 matchups. Jason Bing (149) is 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.