Diplomats Set For Final Road Match

Diplomats Set For Final Road Match

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team looks to get back in the win column on Saturday, traveling to Fairfax, Va., to take on George Mason at 1:00 p.m. The match will serve as the final road competition of the regular season as the Diplomats (3-12, 0-8 EIWA) head into their second to last week of action.

Saturday, Feb. 13 – at George Mason | Fairfax, Va. | 1:00 PM


A Look at George Mason: The Patriots enter action on Saturday with a 6-9 overall record and are coming off a 38-4 win over Bloomsburg last Saturday. The all-time series between these two schools is tied at 9-9, dating back to the inaugural match in 1975. Both squads faced off last in December 2014 with George Mason coming away with a 28-10 win in Lancaster. 

Live video of the bout will be made available by George Mason and can be found here

Last Time Out: A number of tightly-contested decisions failed to go F&M's way and proved to be its downfall in a hard-fought 34-3 loss to EIWA foe Drexel on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. 

Rick Durso (141) sustained his hot streak by winning his ninth straight bout and tallying F&M's lone points on the day. Facing two-time NCAA Qualifier Kevin Devoy, Durso continued to prove tough on top. Knotted at 4-4 heading into the third, Devoy chose bottom and paid for it, as the Diplomats' 2014 All-American grappler rode out his opponent in the final frame for the third straight week, taking the victory on riding time. 

Starting at 174, Drexel jumped out to an early 12-0 advantage in the match heading into the heavyweight contest. Antonio Pelusi (285) battled and took the lead in the third with a takedown. However, a Joseph Goodhart escape and the riding-time point swung the bout in Drexel's favor. 

Scott Stevens looked to have his match in hand at 133 with a 5-4 lead and more than a minute of riding time with just seconds to go in the third. Franco Fuentes escaped Stevens' grasp and then landed a takedown with only three seconds remaining on the clock for the thrilling 7-6 decision. 

Shattering the Record: With his win on Saturday, Durso improved to 30-8 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 136-26 overall record. He also now has win totals of 30 or more in each of his four seasons in Lancaster. 

Win Streak: Durso has won nine straight matchups and 17 of his previous 19. He also holds a notable 15-2 mark against EIWA opponents.

Moving up the Chart: Durso has 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. 

Get Your Tickets: Fans can begin purchasing their tickets for both the EIWA Championships and the NCAA Championships. The EIWA's are being hosted by Princeton on March 5-6, while the NCAA's will take place in historic Madison Square Garden on March 17-19. 

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Double-Digit Win Totals: In addition to Durso's impressive record, several other Diplomats have hit the double-digit win plateau in 2015-16. Pelusi sits at 20-16, followed by Anthony Mancini (14-14) and Paddy Quinlan (11-12). 

To view complete team statistics, click here. 

Where Durso Stacks up at 141 

No. 7 – Amateur Wrestling News (AWN)

No. 11 – Wrestlingreport.com 

No. 11 – FLO Wrestling 

No. 12 – InterMat Wrestling

No. 14 - NCAA Division I Wrestling Coaches Rankings

No. 16 – The Open Mat (TOM)