LEWISBURG, Pa. – A trio of Franklin & Marshall wrestlers earned a win in consolations on Friday at the 113th Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships but were unable to advance to tomorrow's consolation quarterfinals.
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Anthony Mancini (184) was tested right out of the gate, drawing Binghamton's Steve Schneider, who was the bracket's No. 2 seed and the No. 15 ranked wrestler in the country, in the opening round. A takedown and two nearfall points in the first period put Mancini in a hole he couldn't crawl out of, eventually falling 5-2.
In consolations, Mancini rebounded by securing a narrow 5-4 win against Lehigh's Kyle Gentile, who is ranked No. 30 in the country. Mancini recorded a third-period reversal and was awarded a riding time point, which proved to be the difference in the match. In his following bout, Mancini was undone by a third-period reversal by Penn.'s Joe Heyob, who was the bracket's No. 8 seed, falling by a 6-4 decision.
At 141, Paddy Quinlan avenged an opening-round loss in the Championship bracket with 10-9 thrilling decision against Sacred Heart's Paul Klee in the wrestle backs. A high scoring first period resulted in a 6-6 tie at the end of the frame with each grappler recording a pair of takedowns. Klee picked up an escape and a takedown in the second before Quinlan managed an escape in the final minute of the period to head into the third down by two.
Quinlan dominated the final frame, earning an escape 30 seconds in and quickly following with a takedown that sealed the match. The Diplomats' grappler had his tournament come to an end in his next match, a 14-6 loss against Army's Logan Everett who was the bracket's No. 5 seed and the 19th ranked wrestler in the country.
Robbie King (165 pounds) came the closest of any F&M wrestler to earning a Championship bracket win, giving the No. 8 seed Drew Daniels of Navy all he could handle in the Round of 16 match. Each grappler earned an escape point with the match being decided on riding time.
King dominated his first consolation match, taking a quick 8-0 lead with a takedown and six nearfall points before securing a pin at 2:55 against Sacred Heart's Matt Fisher. King next drew the bracket's No. 2 seed in Lehigh's Cole Walter and was pinned at 4:14.
After falling by decision in the 125-pound Championship bracket, Edgar Garcia erased a 4-2 deficit against Brown's Trey Keeley in the wrestle backs, forcing an extra period after a last-minute takedown. However, Keeley earned an escape in the first tiebreaker and then rode out Garcia for the narrow 6-5 decision.
Sam Butler battled Sacred Heart's Alex Harnsberger in the 149-pound consolations, pulling within one off a late escape, but was unable to get any closer en route to a 3-2 loss that ended his tournament.
F&M was unable to advance any of its wrestlers into tomorrow's final day of the Championships. Mancini, who is ranked 27th in the RPI rankings will now hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The 49 at-large qualifiers will be announced on Tuesday, March 7.