LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall wrestling continues its dual meet home stand with a matchup against George Mason on Saturday night in Lancaster.
The Week Ahead
Saturday, Feb. 11 – George Mason – 6:00 PM
Sunday, Feb. 12 – at Warriors Winter Open (Hosted by ESU) – 9:00 AM
Inside F&M Wrestling: To watch the latest edition of Inside F&M Wrestling, featuring insight from head coach Mike Rogers and senior captain Robbie King, as well as video highlights from the previous two weeks, click here.
Scouting George Mason: The Patriots, who hail from the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL), currently stand at 5-11 overall on the year after a 23-6 loss against Navy on Wednesday night.
The Patriots are led by junior Ibrahim Bunduke, who currently holds a 17-3 record and is ranked No. 24 in the country at 125 pounds. Senior Sahid Kargbo (23-2) also serves as an anchor for the lineup, currently ranking No. 21 in the nation at 149.
F&M first faced off against George Mason in 1975 and holds a 10-9 edge in the all-time series. These programs last met on Feb. 13 of last season, with the Diplomats securing a 21-17 victory, their first against the Patriots since 2006.
A Look at Warriors Winter Open: Redshirts and backups on F&M's roster will travel to East Stroudsburg on Sunday to compete at the inaugural Warriors Winter Open, held at the Koehler Fieldhouse at 9:00 a.m.
Last Week: The Diplomats hosted a pair of Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponents last Saturday in Mayser, falling to Drexel by a 40-6 score and narrowly dropping a match to Hofstra at 22-21.
Redshirt's Antonio Pelusi (285 pounds) and Philip Robilotto (197 pounds) were dominant at the Messiah Open, which also took place on Saturday, rolling to first-place showings in their respective brackets. Cole Aaron, also wrestling unattached, claimed third place at 149 and Mike Berkowitz took fifth. Reid Robilotto also made it to the medal stand with an eighth-place performance at 174.
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Quinlan and Martoccio are on a historic pace, already ranking in a tie for fifth on the all-time season pin's list. Quinlan has a total of 17 in his career.
King Moving Up the Charts: Standing at 17-11 on the season, redshirt senior Robbie King now holds a 70-60 career record, which is good for the 12th-most wins in program history. He needs just five more to crack the top 10.
Season Leaders: Anthony Mancini (184 pounds) leads the way with a 21-11 overall record, including a 9-6 mark in EIWA competition. Paddy Quinlan is 19-15, while Dan Martoccio is 17-14, King is 17-11, and Emmett LiCastri stands at 16-14. Pelusi (competing unattached) has accumulated a 21-11 mark, while fellow redshirt Philip Robilotto is an impressive 18-6.
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Pins Leaders: Following Quinlan and Martoccio's team-leading nine falls, LiCastri is next with six. King and Mancini each have five.