Diplomats to Compete at Keystone Classic

Diplomats to Compete at Keystone Classic

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LANCASTER, Pa. – Fresh off a pair of dual-meet wins last weekend, Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team aims to carry over the momentum into Sunday's 24th annual Keystone Classic where the Diplomats will face some of the top competitors in Division I.

The Week Ahead 

Sunday, Nov. 24 – Keystone Classic (Penn) – 10:00 AM
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A Look at the Keystone Classic

A total of 10 teams are slated to compete Sunday in the tournament, including EIWA-foes Drexel, Harvard, and Sacred Heart, to go along with non-conference competitors in Duke, Virginia, VMI, Rider, and Appalachian State. A total of 13 ranked wrestlers are set to appear in the competition, with seven out of the 10 weight classes featuring one of the nation's top-25 grapplers. 

F&M placed one wrestler at last year's tournament when Philip Robilotto led the way with a fifth-place showing at 197 pounds. Wil Gil produced a pair of wins in the 149-pounds bracket, including a 14-4 major over Harvard's Robert Groves. Recap.

Keystone Classic Tickets 

An all-day pass for Sunday costs $14.00 for general admission and can be purchased here. Wrestling starts at 10:00 a.m. with semifinals scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and the finals for 5:30 p.m.

Last Week 

F&M went 2-0 to open its dual-meet schedule in Lexington, Va. last Saturday, fighting back to down VMI by a narrow 19-17 tally before winning two of the three final matches in a 22-16 win over Davidson in the nightcap.   

Wil Gil (141/149), Noah Chan (157), Emmett LiCastri (165), and Cenzo Pelusi (285) each went 2-0 on the afternoon. Pelusi secured both team wins with back-to-back 9-5 decisions. 

LiCastri and Gil Reach 50

Emmett LiCastri reached the 50-win milestone in his career with a 5-1 record at the 2019 Bearcat Open, hosted by Binghamton on Nov. 10. The senior 165-pounder currently holds a 53-50 career record. 

Wil Gil exceeded 50 wins with a 2-0 day against VMI and Davidson on Nov. 16th and currently holds a 51-31 career mark. 

Record Book Watch 

LiCastri has totaled 17 career pins. Only 15 F&M wrestlers have ever reached 20 during their time in Lancaster.

Fast Start 

F&M is off to a 2-0 dual record for the second straight year after besting Davidson (35-4) and Gardner-Webb (21-19) to open last season. It marks the first time since 1982-84 that the Diplomats have opened at 2-0 in consecutive seasons. 

The 2019-20 squad could join rarified air if the Diplomats can keep their impressive streak going as the last team to win three contests to start the year was the 1991-92 grapplers who began at 4-0.

EIWA Tickets  

Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 EIWA Championships, which are hosted by Lehigh and are set to run from March 6-7. 

An all-session pass costs $75.00 and can be purchased here. Tickets for college students, as well as children 12 and under will cost $36 and are available by clicking here.