LANCASTER, Pa. – Antonio Pelusi's takedown in sudden victory delivered Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team a thrilling 19-17 senior day win over Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponent Sacred Heart on Saturday evening at the Mayser Center.
The victory was the third in a row for the Diplomats and improved their record to 6-12, 1-8 EIWA, while the Pioneers dropped to 2-15, 0-10 EIWA.
The home team was trailing by one point with one match to go in the night. Pelusi held a narrow advantage heading into his final frame at 285, but surrendered an early escape in the third that tied the bout at 1-1. However, Pelusi claimed the victory with a clutch takedown in the first sudden victory period to end the match.
A 14-4 major decision from Moldoff (125), followed by a 3-0 decision from Stevens (133) and a dominant 15-0 tech. fall from Durso (141) propelled the Diplomats out in front by a 12-0 tally heading into 149.
The Pioneers followed with three wins of their own to suddenly cut the defecit to one at 12-11. Josh Young stepped to the mat at 174 and fought back from being down 4-1 after one, recording three takedowns and a total of eight back points to give F&M some much needed bonus points with a 17-8 major.
Sacred Heart registered a pair of decisions at 184 and 197 to pull within one and setup the exciting conclusion at 285.
F&M ended its regular season with the decision and will return to action at the EIWA Championships, which are hosted by Princeton and will run from March 5-6. Check back with GoDiplomats.com in the near future for more information about the tournament as it becomes available.
F&M 19, Sacred Heart 17
125: Aaron Moldoff (F&M) over Daly Gerard (SAHE) (MD 14-4)
133: Scott Stevens (F&M) over Timothy Johnson (SAHE) (Dec 5-0)
141: Rick Durso (F&M) over Alex Harnsberger (SAHE) (TF 15-0 5:41)
149: Brandon Levesque (SAHE) over Jason Bing (F&M) (Dec 10-6)
157: Jordan Velez (SAHE) over Brandon Giovanetti (F&M) (Dec 6-3)
165: Fisher Matthew (SAHE) over Michael Marano (F&M) (TF 16-0 4:48)
174: Joshua Young (F&M) over Johnny Vrasidas (SAHE) (MD 17-8)
184: Elliot Antler (SAHE) over Anthony Mancini (F&M) (Dec 7-3)
197: Sasha Oliinyk (SAHE) over Charles Kerkesner (F&M) (Dec 11-5)
285: Antonio Pelusi (F&M) over Ray Sherwood (SAHE) (SV-1 3-1)