LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall travels to Fairfax, Va. this Sunday for a non-conference dual against George Mason at 3:00 p.m. The Diplomats are looking to gain an edge in the all-time series, which is tied at 10-10 dating back to 1974.
Sunday, Feb. 11 – at George Mason – 3:00 PM
Scouting George Mason: The Patriots enter the weekend sporting a 3-11 record and a six-match winless streak. Notable wins include a 24-13 victory on the road against the Citadel back on Nov. 3, a 32-10 bashing of Sacred Heart on Dec. 3, and a lopsided 29-9 triumph over Davidson on Jan. 12.
George Mason's lineup is bookended by wrestlers ranked in the DI Coaches Poll. Ibrahim Bunduka debuted at No. 31 on the 125-pound list, while Matt Voss sits at No. 30 in the 285-pound rankings.
Matchup to Watch: Antonio Pelusi, ranked No. 31, is projected to take on Matt Voss (No. 30) this Sunday in the 285-pound matchup. The pair of grapplers last met on Jan. 6 at the David H. Lehman F&M Open, with Pelusi earning a 4-2 decision in the opening sudden victory period.
Bucknell Dual Recap: A series of close decisions proved to be the difference in a difficult 23-13 loss for F&M against Bucknell on Friday evening at the Mayser Center. The Diplomats secured four wins in the lineup while falling in three decisions that were decided by two points or less.
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Messiah Open Recap: Wil Gil (149 pounds) rattled off five straight wins to claim a first-place finish at last Saturday's Messiah Open. Mike Simonetti was also impressive, registering two-straight pins to place third at 125 pounds. Haroldo Nesbeth (141 pounds) and Dylan Gumaer (165 pounds) both tallied multiple wins to reach their respective fifth-place contests, while Reid Robilotto secured seventh at 184 pounds.
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Pelusi No. 31 in Coaches' Panel Rankings: The NCAA released the first of four coaches' panel rankings for the 2017-18 wrestling season on Jan. 19, with F&M 285-pounder Antonio Pelusi debuting at No. 31. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. This year's event is March 15-17 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Lehman Enters the Hall: Former Franklin & Marshall grappler David H. Lehman '68 was announced for induction into the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a recipient of the "Outstanding American" Award – reserved for individuals who were wrestlers but also achieved excellence in another walk of life.
Lehman will officially be inducted into the chapter during a "Hall of Fame Day" celebration at the Hershey Lodge on Sunday, April 29, 2018.
Tickets for the banquet, which begins with a social at 12:00 p.m., cost $55 per person and can be purchased online by clicking here.
Faller Gets the Nod: Mark Faller, who coached F&M's wrestling team to 125 wins from 1981-93, was announced as an inductee into The National Wrestling Hall of Fame of the Upstate New York State Chapter as a member of the 2018 class.
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EIWA Tickets: Single-session tickets are now on sale for the 2018 EIWA Championships, hosted by Hofstra on March 3-4. To purchase single, as well as all-session passes for the event, click here.
Wins Leaders: Antonio Pelusi, a 2016 NCAA Qualifier at 285 pounds, paces the Diplomats with an 18-5 record, including an 8-1 mark in duals.
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Pelusi's Hot Streak: Pelusi has won 12 of his previous 13 matchups, dating back to Dec. 2. The 285-pounder holds a 6-1 mark over EIWA opponents during that stretch.