Three Matchups on Slate at Pitt Duals

Three Matchups on Slate at Pitt Duals

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team continues its dual meet schedule on Saturday, traveling out to Pittsburgh to take part in the Pitt Duals. The Diplomats are set to face off against Davidson, EIWA opponent Columbia, and the event's host, the No. 20 Panthers.

The Week Ahead 

Saturday, Jan. 9 – Pitt Duals 

Davidson – 9:00 AM 

Columbia – 1:00 PM 

No. 20 Pittsburgh – 3:00 PM

Live Results

A Look at the Pitt Duals: A total of 13 teams will compete in the Pitt Duals on Saturday. The event will feature five dual-meet competitions occurring simultaneously and each squad participating in at least a trio of matchups. Wrestling begins at 9:00 a.m. on five mats. All rounds start at 125, with 10 minutes between each round. 

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Scouting Davidson: The Wildcats enter the weekend with a 2-6 dual record on the year and have fallen in three straight. Last time out, Davidson dropped a double header to American (41-10) and George Mason (31-12) on Dec. 21. The Diplomats hold a 6-5 edge in the all-time series dating back to 1933, including a 27-7 win last time out on Jan. 26, 2014. 

Scouting Columbia: Saturday will mark the first dual-meet competition of the year for the Lions (0-0), who finished fourth at the 2015 EIWA Championships with a total of 82 points. The Lion's top grappler is 157-pounder Markus Scheidel, who is a two-time NCAA qualifier and is fresh of an eighth-place finish at last week's Midlands Championships. F&M holds a 12-9-1 series lead over Columbia, dating back to 1964. Last time we met, the Lions upended the Diplomats by a 32-12 score in the Mayser Center. 

Scouting No. 20 Pittsburgh: The Panthers open action on Saturday with a 5-1 record, their only blemish coming from a 27-7 loss against No. 10 Lehigh on Nov. 20. Last time out, Pittsburgh downed No. 15 Wisconsin at home by a 25-9 tally. Three of Pittsburgh's wrestlers appear in the nation's top-25, including 133-pounder Dom Forys (No. 17), 141-pounder Mike Racciato (No. 5) and 285-pounder Ryan Solomon (No. 20). In the all-time series against F&M, the Panthers hold a 23-6-1 advantage with the first matchup occurring in 1936. 

Last Time Out: The Diplomats sent four wrestlers to the 53rd annual Midlands, hosted by Northwestern last week, while also hosting to the fourth annual David H. Lehman F&M Open. 

Rick Durso battled to a seventh-place finish at 141, his third straight top-eight showing at the Midlands. He concluded the tournament with a 5-2 record, including a 3-1 win in the seventh-place match against three-time NCAA qualifier and reigning All-American Chris Mecate of Old Dominion, who was ranked No. 3 in the nation and the bracket's top seed.

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A trio of Diplomats earned top-four finishes at the David H. Lehman F&M Open on Wednesday, led by 285-pounder Antonio Pelusi, who paced the team with a third-place showing. Paddy Quinlan captured fourth at 141 pounds after opening his day with two pins in the championship bracket, while Anthony Mancini took fourth at 184 with a pair of dominating performances, a 13-4 major and an 18-3 tech. fall, in the wrestlebacks.

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Shattering the Record: With a 5-2 mark at the Midlands, Durso improved to 22-8 on the season, and continues to distance himself from the school's previous all-time wins record, held by Craig Blackman's '81 with a career mark of 117-31-2. A three-time NCAA qualifier and 2014 All-American, Durso now holds a 128-26 overall record.

Moving up the Chart: Durso has also accumulated four pins during his senior campaign and now sits eighth on the program's all-time list with 22 in his career. Justin Herbert '09 holds the record with 35.

Where Durso Stacks Up     

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No. 17 – InterMat Wrestling

No. 18 – Wrestlingreport.com 

No. 19 – The Open Mat (TOM)

No. 20 – Amateur Wrestling News (AWN)