PRINCETON, N.J. – Despite a strong start that saw Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team earn two straight decisions, the Diplomats fell to Princeton by a 35-6 score on Saturday afternoon on the road. The Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) tilt dropped F&M to 3-11, 0-7 EIWA on the year, while the Tigers improved to 3-5, 2-2 EIWA.
With the dual starting off at 133, Scott Stevens put together a solid performance with an 8-2 decision. Stevens went into the third up 4-0 after registering a takedown in the first and a reversal in the second. The senior grappler was awarded a penalty point and picked up his second takedown of the day in the final frame to secure the win.
The most highly anticipated matchup of the bout came at 141 with No. 14 Rick Durso taking on No. 29 Jordan Laster of Princeton. Durso came into action with a 2-0 record over Laster, although both were close decisions. Neither grappler managed to put points on the board in the first. Durso chose bottom to start the second and followed with an escape to enter the final frame with a 1-0 advantage. Laster chose the bottom as well to begin the third, however, for the second straight week Durso managed to ride out his opponent and hang on for the win.
F&M's 6-0 lead was short lived as the Tigers secured each of the final eight matchups. Antonio Pelusi battled for the Diplomats at 285, falling by a narrow 5-4 score with a point from riding time being the decider.
Action continues for F&M next Saturday when the Diplomats travel to Drexel for a 4:00 p.m. contest.
Princeton 35, F&M 6
133: Scott Stevens (F&M) over Trey Aslanian (PRIN) (Dec 8-2)
141: Rick Durso (F&M) over Jordan Laster (PRIN) (Dec 2-0)
149: Chris Perez (PRIN) over Jason Bing (F&M) (Dec 8-4)
157: Adam Krop (PRIN) over Patrick Quinlan (F&M) (Fall 0:00)
165: Judd Ziegler (PRIN) over (F&M) (For.)
174: Jonathan Schleifer (PRIN) over Joshua Young (F&M) (Dec 13-9)
184: Abram Ayala (PRIN) over Anthony Mancini (F&M) (MD 15-4)
197: Brett Harner (PRIN) over Charles Kerkesner (F&M) (Fall 0:00)
285: Ray O`Donnell (PRIN) over Antonio Pelusi (F&M) (Dec 5-4)
125: Pat D`Arcy (PRIN) over Aaron Moldoff (F&M) (MD 9-0)