Pelusi Sinks Sacred Heart in Sudden Victory

Pelusi Sinks Sacred Heart in Sudden Victory

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. 

Before the match, F&M honored its seven-member senior class of No. 14 Rick Durso, Brandon Giovanetti, Colin Gironda, Charles Kerkesner, Aaron Moldoff, Scott Stevens and Sharron Townsend

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)