LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team returns from a nearly four-week hiatus when the Diplomats send wrestlers to compete at both the Lock Haven Classic on Thursday and the historic Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern, on Thursday and Friday.
The Week Ahead
Thursday, Dec. 29 – Lock Haven Classic – All Day
Thursday, Dec. 29 – Friday, Dec. 30 – Ken Kraft Midlands – All Day
A Look at the Midlands: The 53rd annual Len Kraft Midlands Championship, hosted by Northwestern University at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Ill., will feature some of the top wrestlers in the country and is one of the premiere tournaments of the year.
For more information on this year's competition, click here.
At last season's tournament, Rick Durso battled to a seventh-place finish at 141, his third straight top-eight showing at the Midlands. He concluded the tournament with a 5-2 record, including a 3-1 win in the seventh-place match against three-time NCAA qualifier and reigning All-American Chris Mecate of Old Dominion, who was ranked No. 3 in the nation and was the bracket's top seed.
For a look at the final brackets, click here.
A Look at the Lock Haven Classic: The Diplomats will send a host of wrestlers to compete at the second Lock Haven tournament of the year, previously taking part in the Mat-Town Open on Nov. 27. This event will also take place at Thomas Fieldhouse, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Live results will be provided by FloWrestling and can be accessed here.
Last Time Out: Mancini's second-period pin at 184 put the finishing touches on an impressive 30-19 win for F&M over VMI on Friday, Dec. 2.
The Diplomats earned bonus points throughout the matchup, recording three pins, and a tech. fall.
To read the complete recap, click here.
King Moving Up the Charts: Standing at 13-6 on the season after a string of successful tournament showings, King now holds a 66-55 career record, which is good for the 16th most wins in program history.
Season Leaders: Mancini leads the way with a 14-5 overall record, including a standout 5-3 mark in EIWA competition. King is next at 13-6, while Paddy Quinlan has accumulated an 8-6 record. Competing unattached this year on a redshirt, Pelusi holds an 8-5 overall record.
Pins Leader: Quinlan paces the team with six pins in his junior season, already matching his career high from last year and giving him a total of 14 during his time in Lancaster. He needs just two more this year to move into the top-10 on the all-time season pins leader list.
Win Streak: Mancini heads into the Midlands riding a five-bout winning streak, dating back to Nov. 20. He'll face a star-studded cast in Chicago with 10 top-25 ranked wrestlers expected to compete in the 184-pound bracket.