LANCASTER, Pa. - 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.
The Diplomats fell to 3-8 overall with the tough non-conference decisions.
Against Bloomsburg, F&M fell behind early off of back-to-back majors that placed the Diplomats in an 8-0 deficit after the first two matches. The Huskies kept their foot on the gas pedal and rolled to victories in the opening seven bouts to put the contest out of reach.
Philip Robilotto garnered the Diplomats' lone win at 197 pounds, registering a first-period takedown and picking up the eventual 3-0 decision.
Later in the night against George Mason, Jose Diaz got the Diplomats off to a torrid start with a commanding 13-3 major decision at 125 pounds. The first year recorded five takedowns in the bout, including two in the first frame.
However, it was all George Mason from there as the Patriots claimed the next eight matchups. Chris Bolletino battled at 184 pounds but came away with a hard-fought 6-2 loss. Bolletino was down two points late in the frame and nearly landed a shot in the final seconds to tie it up.
Antonio Pelusi, ranked No. 32 in the nation at 285 pounds, responded to a defeat earlier in the night with an impressive performance in the final contest. Pelusi recorded a first-period pin, turning his opponent at the 1:56 mark to deliver six points to F&M's team total.
The Diplomats are set to travel to Millersville on Wednesday for the annual Battle of the Rupp Cup. Competition begins at 7:30 p.m.
Bloomsburg 38, F&M 3
125: Willy Girard (BLOO) over Jose Diaz (F&M) (MD 14-2)
133: Shawn Orem (BLOO) over Mike Simonetti (F&M) (MD 18-7)
141: Aaron Coleman (BLOO) over Wil Gil (F&M) (Inj. 0:48)
149: Grant Bond (BLOO) over Chris Martorello (F&M) (MD 11-1)
157: Nate Newberry (BLOO) over Paddy Quinlan (F&M) (MD 14-6)
165: Alex Carida (BLOO) over Crew Fullerton (F&M) (Dec 6-4)
174: Anthony Vetrano (BLOO) over Jacob Conners (F&M) (Dec 4-1)
184: Trevor Allard (BLOO) over Reid Robilotto (F&M) (MD 14-5)
197: Philip Robilotto (F&M) over Kyle Murphy (BLOO) (Dec 5-0)
285: Bruce Graeber (BLOO) over Antonio Pelusi (F&M) (Fall 4:50)
George Mason 36, F&M 10
125: Jose Diaz (F&M) over Spencer Reed (GEMA) (MD 13-3)
133: Talha Farooq (GEMA) over Mike Simonetti (F&M) (MD 9-1)
141: Julio Alegria (GEMA) over (F&M) (For.)
149: Tejon Anthony (GEMA) over Chris Martorello (F&M) (MD 15-4)
157: Kolby Ho (GEMA) over Paddy Quinlan (F&M) (Fall 6:31)
165: Colston DiBlasi (GEMA) over Crew Fullerton (F&M) (Fall 2:46)
174: Neil Schuster (GEMA) over Jacob Conners (F&M) (Dec 5-0)
184: Paul Pierce (GEMA) over Chris Bolletino (F&M) (Dec 6-2)
197: Eli Spencer (GEMA) over Philip Robilotto (F&M) (MD 14-5)
285: Antonio Pelusi (F&M) over Alex Donahue (GEMA) (Fall 1:56)