Whether referring to an individual bout, a single team match, or an entire season, Franklin & Marshall’s wrestling program has had a knack for finishing strong. The 2018-19 campaign was no different as the Diplomats claimed their best Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) finish since 2016 and sent a wrestler to the NCAA Division I Tournament for the third time in the last four years.
Franklin & Marshall’s Antonio Pelusi fell in his opening round match at the 2019 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships in Pittsburgh on Thursday afternoon. The Diplomats’ 285-pound grappler will return to action in tonight’s Consolation bracket, where he’ll take on Drexel’s No. 18 seed Joey Goodhart.
Franklin & Marshall’s Antonio Pelusi saw his 2019 NCAA Tournament run come to a close in session two with a tough 6-2 decision loss against the 285-pound bracket’s No. 18 seeded Joey Goodhart of Drexel on Thursday evening.
PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh will host 330 of the nation’s top Division I Wrestlers who will compete for All-American, and National Championship accolades at this week’s 2019 NCAA Championships. The three-day Tournament opens on Thursday afternoon and runs through Saturday evening.
Franklin & Marshall 285-pounder Antonio Pelusi learns his seeding for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, held at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on March 21-23, when the brackets are released tonight at 6:00 p.m.
Antonio Pelusi secured fourth place at the EIWA Tournament on Sunday, snagging one of the 285-pound bracket’s four automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Tournament, and leading a group of three Franklin & Marshall grapplers to place at the Conference Championships.
Antonio Pelusi pulled off back-to-back overtime wins, including a sudden victory upset of the nation's No. 21 ranked heavyweight, to earn a spot in the 285-pound Championship Semifinals and lead a group of three Franklin & Marshall competitors who advanced out of day one at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships.
Antonio Pelusi came up big with a clutch sudden victory win at 285 pounds to tie the overall team score against Millersville in the annual Battle of the Rupp Cup, but Franklin & Marshall ultimately dropped the contest by a 22-21 tally due to the third tiebreak criteria.
Franklin & Marshall (3-5, 0-8 EIWA) embarks on the final week of the regular season with a pair of duals on the schedule. On Wednesday, the Diplomats head across town for annual Battle of the Rupp Cup against Millersville, while Penn. heads to Mayser on Sunday night for an EIWA clash.
Franklin & Marshall’s wrestling team suffered a pair of losses on Saturday night in Mayser, dropping a 38-3 competition against Bloomsburg before capping off the doubleheader with a 36-10 setback against George Mason.
Franklin & Marshall (2-6, 0-5 EIWA) continues dual-meet action at home this week with three matches in Mayser. Action opens with senior night on Friday where the Diplomats will battle VMI and honor its seven-member senior class before the dual (Jacob Conners, Corey Kerkesner, Anthony Mancini, Chris Martorello, Antonio Pelusi, Paddy Quinlan, and Philip Robilotto).
Franklin & Marshall returns to Mayser on Saturday night to battle Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA)-foe Hofstra. The Diplomats trail the all-time series against the Pride by a 7-5 margin and are in search of their first win since 1996.
Franklin & Marshall 285-pounder Antonio Pelusi ranks at No. 32 in the first NCAA Division I Wrestling Coaches' Panel Rankings of the 2018-19 season. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which are set to be held on March 21-23 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
Following an early back-and-forth battle, Franklin & Marshall’s wrestling team rallied late with wins in the final two bouts but fell short in heartbreaking fashion with a tough 19-18 loss against Sacred Heart on Sunday in EIWA competition.
Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team opened EIWA competition on Saturday with a pair of tough losses on the road. The Diplomats (2-3, 0-2 EIWA) saw their comeback bid fall just short in a 21-18 loss against Brown (3-2, 1-1 EIWA) before F&M traveled to Cambridge for a hard-fought 28-17 defeat against Harvard (1-3, 1-1 EIWA).
A clutch come-from-behind win was followed by a hard-fought loss to one of the nation’s best teams as Franklin & Marshall wrestling picked up a 1-1 dual split on Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats edged Gardner-Webb by a 21-19 score to open action and followed with a 29-12 loss against Campbell at the Rumble on the River, hosted by St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Va.
Franklin & Marshall (1-0) wrestling continues dual-meet competition this weekend when the Diplomats travel to Richmond, Va. to take part in the Rumble on the River, hosted by the St. Christopher’s School. The annual event will feature three college and three high school dual matches.
Nine wins in 10 matches highlighted a dominant 35-4 Franklin & Marshall win over Davidson in non-conference wrestling action on Friday afternoon in Lancaster. It marked the team's largest margin of victory over an opponent since a 41-3 stomping of Millersville in February of 2014.
Four Franklin & Marshall wrestlers placed at Saturday’s seventh annual David H. Lehman F&M Open, the most ever for the Diplomats at their home tournament. Paddy Quinlan (141) and Antonio Pelusi (285) led the way with second-place showings while Wil Gil claimed sixth at 141 and Emmett LiCastri secured fourth at 157.
Nine wins in 10 matches highlighted a dominant 35-4 Franklin & Marshall win over Davidson in non-conference wrestling action on Friday afternoon in Lancaster. It marked the team’s largest margin of victory over an opponent since a 41-3 stomping of Millersville in February of 2014.
Franklin & Marshall wrestling will ring in the new year with several upcoming events, including the annual David H. Lehman F&M Open on Saturday, Jan. 5 that will cap off an action-packed weekend of wrestling on campus.