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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.