Diplomats Find Success at Lock Haven Classic

Diplomats Find Success at Lock Haven Classic

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Philip Robilotto (unattached) secured a third-place finish at 197 pounds as Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team returned from winter break on Thursday to compete in the Lock Haven Classic. 

The Diplomats placed 10th out of 14 teams with 13.5 points. Lock Haven was awarded the team title with 102 points, followed by Kent State (63.5) and Buffalo (57). 

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Robilotto decisively won his opening two matches with a fall at 5:30 against VMI's Taylor Thomas and a 7-0 decision over Columbia's Mike Doggett. After falling down to consolations, he pinned Kent State's Stephen Suglio at 1:30 of the first period to reach the third-place match. Competing against Rider's Mike Carfagno, Robilotto dominated with a 13-2 major for the third-place title.

Freshman Emmett LiCastri highlighted a group of four Diplomats who took part in the 157-pound bracket, recording three-straight wrestle back wins to reach the Consolation Semifinals, where he came up just short with a narrow 2-1 loss against Hofstra's Ricky Stamm. Mike Berkowitz also delivered F&M a win on the day with an 11-8 decision in consolations. 

Sam Butler and Nick Maher both picked up wins in the 149-pound consolation bracket. Butler finished with a 2-2 mark on the day by recording a 6-3 decision, followed by a 15-7 major decision of VMI's Alex Rinehart. Maher edged Old Dominion's Tanner Stephens by a 3-1 tally in the Consolation Round of 8 but was defeated in his next and final match of the tournament.

At 174, Josh Young rattled off a pair of decisions in the wrestle backs to finish at 2-2 overall for F&M. 

The Diplomats return to the mat on Saturday, Jan. 7 by hosting the annual David H. Lehman F&M Open at the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center on campus.