LANCASTER, Pa. – Fresh off an impressive 22-17 win over George Mason on Sunday, Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team looks to keep the momentum rolling through the final week of the regular season.
The Diplomats (2-11 overall) host Millersville on Thursday for the annual battle of the Rupp Cup before welcoming Sacred Heart to the Mayser Center on Saturday for senior night.
Thursday, Feb. 15 – vs. Millersville (Rupp Cup) – 7:30 PM
Saturday, Feb. 17 – vs. Sacred Heart (Senior Night) – 6:30 PM
Pelusi debuted at No. 27 in the Rating Percentage Index (RPI), which factors winning percentage, opponent winning percentage and opponents' opponent winning percentage. To view the complete RPI standings, click here.
Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, RPI and coaches' rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which are held on March 15-17 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
George Mason Recap: Holding on to a slim two-point advantage in the team lead, Philip Robilotto's first-period pin at 197 pounds sealed F&M's 22-17 win in non-conference wrestling competition against George Mason on Sunday afternoon in Virginia. The Diplomats won five of 10 bouts and recorded a pair of pins.
To read the complete recap, click here.
ESU Open Recap: Several Diplomats took part in last Saturday's second annual Warriors Winter Open, hosted by East Stroudsburg. Parker Fox (285 pounds) led the way with a second-place showing, while Anthony Manici, who competed unattached, grabbed third at 184 pounds.
To view complete results, click here.
Scouting Millersville: The Marauders head into Thursday with a 7-6 dual record on the year, which includes several close battles with ranked DII programs. Millersville is coming off of a 25-16 loss to Kutztown on Feb. 9.
Millersville is led by 165-pounder Shane Ruhnke, who is ranked No. 9 in DII. Ruhnke has accumulated a 19-5 record on the year, including a 10-3 mark in dual meet competition.
The last seven contests in the series have each gone F&M's way. Last year on Feb. 16, the Diplomats won eight of 10 matchups and rolled to a dominant 31-9 win. To read a recap from that match, click here.
Rupp Cup History: The Diplomats and the Marauders meet annually for the battle of the Rupp Cup in honor of Lancaster County's wrestling patriarch, Ted Rupp. A student at the Franklin & Marshall Academy and Franklin & Marshall College, Rupp maintained strong ties to both his alma mater and Millersville University. In 1948-49, Rupp coached both Millersville and F&M, finishing with a 20-2 combined record.
That is believed to have been the only time in collegiate wrestling history when one man coached two colleges concurrently. In honor of his distinguished service to both institutions, the Rupp Cup is now awarded to the winner of the annual meeting.
For more information on the history of this rivalry, click here.
Scouting Sacred Heart: The Pioneers are 2-9, 0-4 EIWA on the season and head into Saturday winless in their previous four duals. Sacred Heart last took on Hofstra this past Sunday, falling by a 45-3 score.
F&M and the Pioneers are meeting for the 11th time a series that began in 2000. The Diplomats hold a commanding 8-2 edge, including a 25-18 win on Jan. 22, 2017. To read a recap of that match, click here.
Senior Night: Before the start of Saturday's dual against Sacred Heart, the Diplomat wrestling program will honor their four-member senior class of Sam Butler, Edgar Garcia, Dan Martoccio, and Josh Young.
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.
For more information, click here.
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 18-6 record, including an 8-2 mark in duals.
Freshman Brett Kulp (141 pounds) is 16-12 with a 7-6 dual-meet record while classmate Wil Gil (141/149 pounds) has garnered a 18-15 record, and has registered a team-leading five pins. Josh Young is 13-12 during his senior year and has won four of his previous five bouts.
To view complete statistics for all of F&M's wrestlers, click here.