Diplomats Travel to Princeton

Diplomats Travel to Princeton

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall continues Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) competition on Saturday, traveling to Princeton for a 1:00 p.m. matchup. 

The Diplomats head into the weekend with a 3-10, 0-6 EIWA mark.  

Saturday, Jan. 30 – at Princeton | Dillon Gym | 1:00 PM

Video (Ivy Digital Network) 

A Look at Princeton: The Tigers come into action with a 2-5, 1-2 EIWA mark. Princeton cracked the national poll back in December, spending a week as the No. 25 team in the country following a 24-18 victory against Northwestern on Dec. 5. 

Dropping three consecutive matches, the Tigers last loss came on Jan. 8 by a narrow 18-15 score against Binghamton. Six Princeton grapplers  were ranked in the first installment of the NCAA Wrestling Coaches' Poll, with Jordan Laster (141) at No. 29, Chris Perez (149) at No. 28, Jonathan Schleifer (174) at No. 12, Abram Ayala (184) at No. 17, Brett Harner (197) at No. 7 and Ray O'Donnekk (285) at No. 26. 

The all-time series has Princeton in the lead by a 32-19-1 mark, with the first matchup occurring in 1926. Last time out, the Tigers came away with a 25-9 victory over the Diplomats at the Mayser Center on Jan. 31, 2015. Scott Stevens (133) with a 6-2 decision, Robbie King (157) with a 1-0 decision and Charles Kerkesner (197) with a 10-5 decision, registered the nine points for F&M. 

Matchup to Watch: F&M's No. 14 ranked grappler Rick Durso (141) continues his gauntlet of difficult EIWA opponents when he will likely be matched up with Princeton's Jordan Laster on Saturday. Laster enters with a 13-7 record and sits at No. 29 in the coaches' poll, while Durso has accumulated a 28-8 mark and a 13-2 record against EIWA opponents. 

Head-to-head, Durso has gotten the upper hand this year, taking down Laster with a 4-3 decision at the Midlands on Dec. 30. 

Last Time Out: F&M battled a pair of EIWA opponents on Friday evening at the Mayser Center. The Diplomats 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 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. 

Anthony Mancini (184) went 2-0 on the night with a 6-0 decision against Brown and a 7-4 decision against Harvard. Antonio Pelusi was victorious in his match against the Crimson, recording a pin (6:06) against Angus Cowell. 

A recap of each match can be found here.

Shattering the Record: With a 2-0 night on Friday, Durso improved to 28-8 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 134-26 overall record. 

Moving up the Chart: Durso has also accumulated five pins during his senior campaign and now sits tied for sixth on the program's all-time list with 23 in his career. Justin Herbert '09 holds the record with 35. 

Double-Digit Win Totals: In addition to Durso's impressive record, several other Diplomats have hit the double-digit win plateau on the season. Pelusi sits at 20-14, followed by Anthony Mancini (14-12) and Paddy Quinlan (11-11). 

To view complete team statistics, click here

Where Durso Stacks Up at 141 

No. 8 – Amateur Wrestling News (AWN)

No. 11 – Wrestlingreport.com 

No. 12 – InterMat Wrestling

No. 13 – FLO Wrestling 

No. 14 - NCAA Division I Wrestling Coaches Rankings

No. 16 – The Open Mat (TOM)