LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team battled a pair of Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponents on Friday evening at the Mayser Center. The Diplomats (3-10, 0-6 EIWA) fell to Brown (2-5, 1-1 EIWA) by a 29-8 margin, before being edged out by Harvard (3-2, 1-1 EIWA) at 32-18.
A highlight on the night for F&M was No. 14 Rick Durso's 2-0 decision over No. 7 Todd Preston of Harvard. Preston entered the bout as the top-ranked 141-pound grappler in the EIWA. Following a scoreless first, Durso was dealt bottom, after Preston deferred, and registered the first points of the bout with an escape. With the Harvard standout on bottom to begin the third, Durso managed to ride him out the duration of the frame to secure the upset victory.
The win is the sixth straight for Durso and gives him a 28-8 overall mark on the season. It also comes on the heels of another impactful victory, his 2-1 decision against Lehigh's Randy Cruz last Saturday.
In the opening contest against Brown, the Diplomats were put into an early 6-0 hole after a pair of decisions from the Bears. Durso earned five points for F&M at 141, picking up two takedowns and a total of 10 nearfall points for a 17-1 (4:53) tech. fall win.
Anthony Mancini earned the Diplomats other victory in the match, registering a five-point third, as well as a point for riding time, for the 6-0 decision. Antonio Pelusi battled at 285, however a late takedown from the Bears' Ian Butterbrodt dealt him a 4-2 defeat.
Later in the evening against Harvard, a forfeit at 125 from the Crimson, followed by a Harvard pin at 133 placed a quick 6-6 score up on the board. Durso's decision gave F&M a 9-6 advantage, but the Crimson followed with four straight wins to seal the competition.
Mancini was again stellar at 184 to cap off a 2-0 night. Leading 4-2 heading into the third, he was called for his third stall warning and Harvard's Logan Kirby recorded an escape to knot the bout at 4-4. The Diplomats' sophomore grappler earned a clutch takedown late in the frame and was awarded the riding time point for a 7-4 victory.
F&M returns to the mat on Sunday, hosting Shippensburg at the Mayser Center for a 12:00 p.m. contest.
Brown 29, F&M 8
125: Michael Russo (BROW) over Aaron Moldoff (F&M) (Dec 3-1)
133: Ezekiel Salvo (BROW) over Scott Stevens (F&M) (Dec 2-1)
141: Rick Durso (F&M) over Charles Banaszak (BROW) (TF 17-1 4:53)
149: Steven Galiardo (BROW) over Jason Bing (F&M) (MD 15-4)
157: Justin Staudenmayer (BROW) over Sharron Townsend (F&M) (TF 17-0 2:33)
165: Jonathan Viruet (BROW) over Michael Marano (F&M) (MD 14-1)
174: Richard Muniz (BROW) over Joshua Young (F&M) (Dec 2-0)
184: Anthony Mancini (F&M) over Christian LaFragola (BROW) (Dec 6-0)
197: Joshua Durso-Finley (BROW) over Charles Kerkesner (F&M) (MD 8-0)
285: Ian Butterbrodt (BROW) over Antonio Pelusi (F&M) (Dec 4-1)
Harvard 32, F&M 18
125: Aaron Moldoff (F&M) over (HARV) (For.)
133: Jeffrey Ott (HARV) over Scott Stevens (F&M) (Fall 0:44)
141: Rick Durso (F&M) over Todd Preston (HARV) (Dec 2-0)
149: Thomas Dutton (HARV) over Jason Bing (F&M) (Fall 1:54)
157: Colby Knight (HARV) over Sharron Townsend (F&M) (Fall 2:39)
165: Devon Gobbo (HARV) over Michael Marano (F&M) (TF 17-1 3:42)
174: Josef Johnson (HARV) over Joshua Young (F&M) (Dec 10-5)
184: Anthony Mancini (F&M) over Logan Kirby (HARV) (Dec 7-4)
197: Josh Popple (HARV) over Charles Kerkesner (F&M) (Fall 1:17)
285: Antonio Pelusi (F&M) over Angus Cowell (HARV) (Fall 6:06)