Diplomats to Host Hofstra Before Heading to Bucknell - Match Notes

Diplomats to Host Hofstra Before Heading to Bucknell - Match Notes

F&M vs. Hofstra
Saturday, Feb. 2 | 7:00 PM
Lancaster, Pa. | Mayser Center
Video | Live Results

First Meeting: Dec. 12, 1947
Last F&M Win: 29-20, Jan. 13, 1996
Last HOF Win: 30-6, Nov. 5, 2017

F&M at Bucknell
Sunday, Feb. 3 | 2:00 PM
Lewisburg, Pa. | Davis Gym

First Meeting: Jan. 15, 1947
Last F&M Win: 23-21, Feb. 14, 2014
Last BU Win: 23-13, Feb. 2, 2018

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.

On Sunday, F&M heads to Bucknell for the 39th all-time meeting as the Diplomats aim to cut into a 21-16-1 deficit against the Bison. 

NCAA Coaches' Rankings

F&M 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.

Brown Dual Recap

On Jan. 19, F&M trailed Brown by a 21-9 score with just two matches remaining. The comeback bid began with a clutch first-period pin (2:40) from Philip Robilotto at 197 pounds to put six points on the board and pull F&M within five. Antonio Pelusi was also victorious at 285 pounds. However, his 1-0 decision was unable to fully close the gap for the Diplomats. 

To read the complete recap, click here.

Harvard Dual Recap

Wil Gil earned an early third-period pin at 141 pounds, and P. Robilotto garnered a 16-1 tech. fall in the first to highlight F&M's effort in a hard-fought 28-17 loss against Harvard on Jan. 19.

To read the complete recap, click here.

Sacred Heart Recap

The Diplomats concluded their New England road swing with a heartbreaking 19-18 loss against Sacred Heart on Jan. 20. Three straight wins, including a pin at 165 pounds, put the Pioneers in front by a 19-11 tally heading into 197. P. Robilotto dominated at 197 pounds with a 12-1 major that closed the gap to four points, and Pelusi followed with a 5-3 decision as F&M came up just short of the come-from-behind win. 

To read the complete recap, click here.

Scouting Hofstra

The Pride enter Saturday with a 4-9, 0-3 EIWA record and are traveling to Columbia in the early afternoon before making the trek to Lancaster. Last time out, Hofstra fell to Bucknell by a narrow 22-18 score on Jan. 26. Dylan Ryder (125 pounds) is Hofstra's lone ranked grappler at No. 28.

Scouting Bucknell

The Bison are 5-6, 3-3 EIWA on the season, not including a Friday night showdown with North Carolina. Winners of three out of its last four duals, Bucknell is led by 141-pounder Joey Gould (ranked No. 29) and 157-pounder Zach Hartman (No. 10).

Record Book Watch

Antonio Pelusi enters the week with a 76-49 record for his career, which places 10th on F&M's all-time list. Paddy Quinlan (63-49) continue to move up the ranks as well and now sits in 17th, while Anthony Mancini (56-54) places 27th. Rick Durso '16 leads the Diplomats with a 145-38 career mark. 

Quinlan is 10th all-time with 22 career pins. Justin Herbert '09 tops that category with 35. 

Wins Leaders

Wil Gil (22-9) paces the Diplomats in wins, followed by Emmett LiCastri (19-11). Antonio Pelusi (18-5) and Philip Robilotto (16-9) are close behind, while Paddy Quinlan (14-8) and Cole Aaron (10-8) also reached double-digits for F&M. 

Pins Leaders

P. Robilotto leads the team in falls with seven. LiCastri and Quinlan are next with five each.

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Prolific Win

The Diplomats' dominant 35-4 dual win over Davidson on Jan. 4 marked the team's largest margin of victory over an opponent since a 41-3 stomping of Millersville in February of 2014.

Historic Showing at Lehman Open

Four Diplomat wrestlers placed at the David H. Lehman F&M Open on Jan. 5 - 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. 

Important Dates

Thursday, Feb. 14 – second release of NCAA coaches' rank/RPI
Thursday, Feb. 28 – conference allocations for NCAA championships, third release of NCAA coaches' rank/RPI
Tuesday, March 12 – Release the 330 qualifiers for the Division I Wrestling Championships
Wednesday, March 13 – 6:00 PM - NCAA.com selection show that reveals seeding and brackets for championships 

EIWA Tickets

Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 EIWA Championships, which are hosted by Binghamton and are set to run from March 8-9.  

An all-session pass costs $75.00 and can be purchased here. Tickets for children 12 and under will cost $40 and are available by calling the Binghamton Events Center Ticket Office at 607-777-BTIX.