LANCASTER, Pa. - 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.
Pelusi is a two-time NCAA Qualifier - one of only 22 Diplomat wrestlers in program history to accomplish that feat and only the second heavyweight after joining Richard Vaughn (1939 and 1940). Last season, Pelusi fought his way to a 2-2 record at the NCAA Tournament, including a 9-6 upset of No. 27 Brett Dempsey from American. He holds an 18-5 overall record, including a perfect 6-0 mark in dual meets and is 9-1 against EIWA opponents.
Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, rating percentage index (RPI) and coaches' rankings to earn allocation spots for their qualifying tournaments for the championships. The coaches' rankings are compiled by a vote of coaches representing each qualifying tournament. For ranking purposes, coaches may only consider a wrestler that has been designated as a starter at a respective weight class.