Diplomats Retain Rupp Cup

Diplomats Retain Rupp Cup

LANCASTER, Pa. – For the sixth consecutive year, the Rupp Cup will remain on Franklin & Marshall's campus as the Diplomats (5-12) downed Millersville (6-9) by a 25-13 score on Thursday evening at the Mayser Center. 

The win was F&M's second straight on the season and continued an unbeaten streak against the Marauders that now stretches back to 2011.

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A forfeit from the Diplomats at 125 placed the home team in an early hole, before Scott Stevens put F&M's first points on the board with a takedown in the first overtime to seal a 2-0 decision at 133. 

Rick Durso followed with a a late first period pin (2:35) at 141 to put the Diplomats out in front by a 9-3 score. The fall was the 25th of Durso's career, which now ties him for third on the program's all-time list.

A pair of takedowns from Jason Bing at 149 highlighted a narrow 6-3 decision, while Brandon Giovanetti (165) put the momentum back on F&M's side following a major decision from Millersville at 157. Giovanetti notched three takedowns in the opening period and held on for the 8-6 decision to make the team score 15-10 heading into 174. 

Josh Young dominated the next match, scoring a total of six takedowns in an impressive 16-5 major decision. Anthony Mancini tallied two escapes in the third to edge Millersville's Kyle Narber by a 5-4 score at 184 while Antonio Pelusi closed out the match with a 7-4 decision at 285. 

The Diplomats conclude the regular season by hosting conference opponent Sacred Heart on Saturday. The 8:00 p.m. contest will serve as senior day for F&M's seven-member class. 

F&M 25, Millersville 13

125: Austin Camacci (MILL) over (F&M) (For.)

133: Scott Stevens (F&M) over Alex Baider (MILL) (SV-1 2-0)

141: Rick Durso (F&M) over Thomas Nulty (MILL) (Fall 2:35)

149: Jason Bing (F&M) over Nick Haegele (MILL) (Dec 6-3)

157: Douglas Mele (MILL) over Michael Marano (F&M) (MD 10-0)

165: Brandon Giovanetti (F&M) over Seth Decker (MILL) (Dec 8-6)

174: Joshua Young (F&M) over Nick Mancini (MILL) (MD 16-5)

184: Anthony Mancini (F&M) over Kyle Narber (MILL) (Dec 5-4)

197: Colton Dull (MILL) over Charles Kerkesner (F&M) (Dec 3-2)

285: Antonio Pelusi (F&M) over David Wuestner (MILL) (Dec 7-4)