Series Record: F&M leads 11-10-1
Streak: F&M +2
First Meeting: Jan. 8, 1927
Last F&M Win: 25-12, Dec. 2, 2017
Last VMI Win: 27-9, Nov. 15, 2015
Series Record: BU leads 7-1
Streak: BU +7
First Meeting: Dec. 18, 1943
Last F&M Win: 26-8, Dec. 18. 1943
Last BU Win: 27-10, Nov. 6, 2011
Series Record: F&M leads 11-10
Streak: GMU +1
Last Meeting: 1945
Last F&M Win: 22-17, Feb. 11, 2018
Last GMU Win: 31-11, Feb.11, 2017
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).
A doubleheader against Bloomsburg (6:00 p.m.) and George Mason (8:00 p.m.) wraps up the action on Saturday. F&M is looking to snap a seven-match skid against Bloomsburg and win its second in a row against George Mason.
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.
Hofstra Dual Recap
F&M was competitive throughout its Saturday evening home dual against Hofstra, winning four out of 10 bouts, but ultimately came up short by a 19-12 score. Recap.
Messiah Open Recap
Members of the Diplomats also competed at the Messiah Open on Saturday. Parker Fox (competing unattached) won the 285-pound bracket with a 4-3 decision win over Drexel's Sean O'Malley in the finals.
Haraldo Nesbeth secured sixth at 141 pounds, Mark Salvatore (unattached) took fifth at 149 pounds, Chase McCollum and Cristiaan Dailey shared sixth place at 149 pounds, and Chris Bolletino was seventh at 174 pounds.
To view final results, click here.
Bucknell Dual Recap
The Keydets head into Friday with a 2-10 dual record on the season and are coming off 32-8 loss against Chattanooga. VMI is led by 174-pounder Neal Richard who ranks No. 33 in the nation and is a one-time NCAA Qualifier.
The Huskies sit at 2-8 on the year with wins over Hofstra (21-14) and Edinboro (21-19) but are in the midst of a four-match losing streak. Last Saturday, Bloomsburg dropped a 41-0 match against Michigan State and a 33-6 contest against Northern Illinois in Michigan. Trevor Allard leads the Huskies as the nation's No. 28 ranked grappler at 184 pounds.
Scouting George Mason
Heading into Saturday with a 7-5 dual record, the Patriots last competed against Rider on Jan. 31, falling by a 30-6 score. George Mason edged Edinboro in its previous match by a narrow 20-19 score on Jan. 27th.
Three Patriots are nationally ranked, including 149-pounder Tejon Anthony (No. 28), 165-pounder Colston DiBlasi (No. 24), and 285-pounder Matt Voss (No. 12).
Record Book Watch
Antonio Pelusi enters the week with a 78-49 record for his career, which places ninth on F&M's all-time list. Paddy Quinlan (64-50) continues 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.
Wil Gil (24-9) paces the Diplomats in wins, followed by Emmett LiCastri (19-11). Antonio Pelusi (20-5) and Philip Robilotto (17-10) are close behind, while Paddy Quinlan (15-9) and Cole Aaron (10-10) also reached double-digits for F&M.
P. Robilotto leads the team in falls with seven. LiCastri and Quinlan are next with five each.
To view complete statistics, click here.
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.
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
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.