NEW YORK, N.Y. – Rick Durso dominated with a tech. fall in his opening round matchup at 141, while Antonio Pelusi dropped down to the consolation bracket at 285 after being pinned in the second period, to conclude session one for Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team at the 2016 NCAA D1 Championships in Madison Square Garden.
An updated bracket heading into tonight's second session can be found here.
Seeded No. 9, Durso took on Nebraska's Anthony Abdin in the first round and wasted little time getting points on the board, registering a takedown in the opening seconds. Abidin followed with an escape, however, another takedown from Durso pushed his lead to 4-1.
The second frame began with a reversal from F&M's 141-pound grappler, which opened up the floodgates for Durso, as the 2014 All-American followed with a barrage of back points to end the match by a 17-1 tech. fall score at 4:27.
With the win, Durso advances into tonight's second round, which begins at 7:00 p.m., to face off against No. 8 Joseph Ward of North Carolina.
Pelusi was matched up against one of the tournament's top competitors in No. 2 Kyle Snyder (6-0) of Ohio State in the opening round. Back-to-back stalling calls against Pelusi in the first period, followed by three takedowns from Snyder put F&M's heavyweight in a 7-2 hole following the first.
After an escape from Pelusi to begin the third, Snyder recorded his fourth takedown of the match and closed out the contest with a pin at 3:34.
Pelusi faces a familiar foe in tonight's consolation matchup, taking on Columbia's Garrett Ryan. The two faced off twice this year with each earning a win. Last time out, Pelusi upset Ryan, who was seeded No. 5, in the EIWA Championships by a 3-1 sudden victory decision.