F&M Traveling to Millersville for Annual Open

F&M Traveling to Millersville for Annual Open

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LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall wrestling heads into the weekend ready to compete in the program's final open tournament on the 2019-20 calendar with Saturday's Shorty Hitchcock Open, hosted by Millersville.

The Week Ahead 

Saturday, Jan. 11 – Shorty Hitchcock Open (Millersville) – 9:00 AM

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A Look at the Shorty Hitchcock Open

Millersville's annual home tournament began back in 2009 and is entering its 12th season of competition. Action will occur in the Student Memorial Center with placing for the top-six in each weight class. 

Wil Gil went 4-0 at last year's Open to claim the 141-pound title. A contingent of six F&M wrestlers represented the Diplomats on the day.

Last Week

Four F&M wrestlers placed in the top-six to lead at the Diplomats at their home tournament, the 2020 David H. Lehman F&M Open on Saturday in Lancaster. Wil Gil went 4-1 in the 141-pound bracket to claim third. Emmett LiCastri (165 pounds) notched a 3-1 mark to take third, and Noah Chan (157 pounds) registered a 4-1 record to also place third. Recap. 

Home Mat Advantage 

Five Diplomats placed in the top-eight at the 2020 David H. Lehman F&M Open on Jan. 4th – good for the most-ever for the program at their home tournament. 

Wil Gil, Noah Chan, and Emmett LiCastri led the way with third-place showings. Mike Waszen followed in sixth and Cenzo Pelusi tied for eighth.

Moving up the Wins Chart

Emmett LiCastri (165 pounds) and Wil Gil (141 pounds) both surpassed the 50-win plateau this season. LiCastri enters the week with 16 victories during his senior campaign and holds a 62-56 career record. 

He is just one win shy of cracking the program's top-20 list.

Gil has tallied a team-best 18-6 mark during his junior year and currently holds a 65-35 overall record, which places him 19th on the all-time wins list. 

Put a Pin in it 

With four pins on the year, senior captain Emmett LiCastri is up to 20 in his career. He became one of only 15 F&M wrestlers to record 20 falls in his career and is just three shy of reaching the top-10. 

Top-Five in Wins 

Wil Gil | 141 lbs. | 18-6 Record
Emmett LiCastri | 165 lbs. | 16-7 Record
Noah Chan | 157 lbs. | 15-8 Record
Cenzo Pelusi | 285 lbs. | 11-10 Record
Cole Aaron | 157 lbs. | 10-6 Record

Top-Five in Pins

Noah Chan | 157 lbs. | 4 Pins
Cristiaan Dailey | 149 lbs. | 4 Pins
Wil Gil | 141 lbs. | 4 Pins
Cole Aaron | 157 lbs. | 3 Pins
Cenzo Pelusi/Steven Mercadante | 285 lbs. | 2 Pins

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.