Pair of Significant EIWA Duals Ahead for F&M

Pair of Significant EIWA Duals Ahead for F&M

LANCASTER, Pa. – Two top Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponents line Franklin & Marshall's slate of contests this week and signify the beginning of the Diplomats' second-half dual schedule when F&M travels to Drexel on Thursday and Princeton on Saturday.

The Week Ahead 

Thursday, Jan. 11 – at Drexel – 7:00 PM

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Saturday, Jan. 13 – at Princeton – 5:00 PM

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Scouting Drexel: The Dragons, who received votes in the latest USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll, enter Thursday with a 4-2, 0-2 EIWA dual record and are coming off a narrow 20-20 loss by criteria against No. 5 Lehigh on Dec. 10. Drexel also takes on DIII Keystone at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Thursday, immediately before facing a Diplomats' (1-5, 0-2 EIWA) squad that trails the all-time series at 16-2, dating back to 1979. 

Drexel features a deep and potent lineup that is headlined by 133-pounder Austin DeSanto who heads into the week ranked No. 5 by Intermat Wrestling. Felix Bulga (157 pounds) and Alex DeCiantis (184) are fresh off of second- and third-place finishes, respectively, at last weekend's David H. Lehman F&M Open. 

Scouting Princeton: The Tigers head into Saturday seeking their first dual win of the season as Princeton has recorded a 0-5 record on the year. However, the winless mark is misleading for a dual lineup that features five grapplers that have been ranked in the top-20 of their weight class during the year. Each of the Tigers five dual opponents on the season place in the top-25 of the nation, including a 39-0 loss to No. 1 Ohio State on Dec. 15. The road doesn't get any easier as Princeton takes on No. 21 Rider immediately before its contest with F&M on Saturday. 

Mike Kolodzik (149 pounds) is ranked at No. 7 by The Open Mat (TOM), while Mike D'Angelo (157) sits at No. 12, and Jonathan Schleifer (165) places at No. 15.

Lehman F&M Open Recap: Antonio Pelusi secured the highest-ever finish for a Diplomat wrestler at the David H. Lehman F&M Open with a second-place showing at 285 pounds to lead a group of Diplomat competitors on Saturday afternoon in Lancaster. 

Competing unattached, Paddy Quinlan (141 pounds) also found success for F&M by taking third – good for his career-best performance at the tournament and the fourth straight year he placed in the top five.

To read the complete recap, click here. To view final brackets from Saturday, click here

Circle Your Calendars: The Diplomats first home dual of the season is set for Saturday, Jan. 20 when F&M hosts a pair of EIWA opponents in the Mayser Center, taking on Brown at 12:00 p.m. and Harvard at 2:00 p.m. 

Wins Leaders: Antonio Pelusi, a 2016 NCAA Qualifier at 285 pounds, paces the Diplomats with a 14-5 record, including a 4-1 mark in duals. Following a 4-0 December, Pelusi went 4-1 at last weekend's home Lehman F&M Open Tournament to continue his strongest stretch of the year. 

Freshman Brett Kulp (141 pounds) is 13-8 with a 4-2 dual-meet record while classmate Wil Gil (133 pounds) holds an impressive 12-11 record, and has registered a team-leading four pins. 

Anthony Mancini holds a 15-8 record this season, competing unattached  at 184 pounds. 

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