Franklin & Marshall Wrestling Through the Years

One of the smallest colleges competing in NCAA Division I wrestling, Franklin & Marshall celebrates one of the sports grandest traditions. From its earliest days, the matmen of Nevonia conquered the most prominent programs in the country as a matter of course. The Diplomat men have wrestled to EIWA Championships, NCAA Finals and in the thick of the Cold War. The headlines that follow were plucked from the College Archives, and while they certainly do not represent all of the many highs the program has enjoyed, they do demonstrate the College’s rich tradition. If you know of a headline we missed, please visit the College Archives web page and pass along your story to Mickey Blymier, Director of Athletic Communications, at mblymier@fandm.edu. 

Date

Headline / Description

Feb. 22, 1892

First Mention of Intercollegiate Wrestling

Feb. 18, 1914 Big Gym Tournament Next Wednesday
Mar. 4, 1914 Boxing and Wrestling Tournament a Success
Feb. 13, 1924 F&M Wrestles in Initial Bouts
Dec. 17, 1924 Wrestling Editorial
Jan. 20, 1926 Army Matmen Bow to Blue and White
Feb. 3, 1926 Nevonia Mateers Halt Mat Giants
Mar. 24, 1926 First Mention of Easterns
Dec. 12, 1928 Local Ad in Student Paper
Feb. 20, 1929 Visitors From the Windy City
May 8, 1929 A New Era in Athletics
Dec. 11, 1929 Grapplers to Open With University of Mich. Jan. 11
Jan. 22, 1930 F&M Conquers Pennsylvania as 2200 Fans Cheer
Dec. 17, 1930 The Rockne of Rasslin
Mar. 2, 1932 Schutte Probable Olympic Wrestler
Apr. 26, 1933 Roy Phillips is Chosen Captain of Wrestling
Mar. 14, 1934 Wrestling Team Completes Undefeated Season
Mar. 19, 1935 'Uncle Charlie's' Proteges Enter N.I. Championship
Mar. 2, 1937 Matadors Overcome 11-0 Lead To Subdue Cornhuskers, 19-11
Mar. 22, 1938 Cunningham Annexes 158 Pound Crown
Jan. 10, 1939 Wrestling Clarified (rules changes for 1939 season)
Mar. 14, 1939 Diplomats Enter Five Wrestlers in Tournament
Mar. 21, 1939 Burgess Wins Cup For Most Falls As Team Rates 4th in N.C.A.A
Apr. 25, 1939 Undefeated Wrestlers Honored at Banquet
Mer. 5, 1940 Grapplers Undefeated In Three Seasons; Take Waynesburg College
Dec. 10, 1940 New Rules Increase Spectator Interest as Grapplers Prepare for Initial Meet
Feb. 18, 1941 F&M Mat Masters Remain Unbeaten By Defeating Maryland Grapplers 31-3
Mar. 4, 1941 Wrestlers Complete Fourth Consecutive Undefeated Season by Downing Brooklyn
Mar. 11, 1941 Burgess, Hamsher Vaughn Appear Last Time, Streak Lasts
Mar. 18, 1941 Twelve Wrestlers to Compete in Post-Season Tournaments
Mar. 25, 1941 Schacheman Wins 3rd Place, Dubbed "Most Spectacular"
Mar. 3, 1942 Grapplers Do It Again, Finish Season Undefeated
Oct. 27, 1942 Phillips Appointed to Coach Penn Wrestling
Mar. 23, 1943 Lethbridge Was at Guadal With Ross (no wrestling - WWII)
Nov. 23, 1943 Just For The Record (no wrestling - WWII)
Oct. 16, 1946 Matmen Begin Comeback Campaign Under Bishop
Mar. 5, 1947 F&M Wrestlers Win Conference Championship
Mar. 26, 1947 Mousetis Wins AAU 128 Pound Mat Title
Apr. 16, 1947 Diplomat Wrestlers Undefeated in Conference
Feb. 18, 1948 Unbeaten F&M Wrestlers Run Win Streak to 16
Mar. 24, 1948 Mousetis, Wendell, Schell Eliminated in NCAA Semi-Finals
Oct. 12, 1949 Phillips - Athlete, Teacher & Coach
Mar. 14, 1956 Phillipsmen Finish Eighth In EIWA, Flemming Captures Third In 177 Class
Mar. 27, 1957 Three Dip Matmen Travel To Finals; Yeats Top Regular Season Scorers
Apr. 3, 1957 Flemming Reaches Finals; Loses To Defending Champ
Apr. 6, 1960 Cassel Surprises With AAU First
Jan. 15, 1964 EIWA Tickets (first at Mayser Center)
Mar. 22, 1966 Shimansky Places Fourth In EIWA Mat Contests
Mar. 14, 1967 Lehigh Engineers Win Eastern Crown
Mar. 17, 1967 Three F and M Matmen Headed For Nationals
Sep. 15, 1967 "Uncle Charley" Mayser Dead at 91
Oct. 10, 1967 Wrestling Changes Cited Following Campus Meeting
Mar. 12, 1968 Clair Wins Eastern Wrestling Crown
Mar. 17, 1970 Stevenson, Ward Second In EIWA
Apr. 10, 1970 Changes In Rules Hinder Wrestlers
Apr. 2, 1971 Black, Stevenson Win Titles At College Mat Championships
Nov. 19, 1971 F and M To Host Olympic Tryouts
Feb. 29, 1972 Black Wins E.I.W.A. Title
Mar. 3, 1972 Black, The Wrestler
Nov. 14, 1972 Zeamer Analyses Job; Rebuilds Young Team
Mar. 7, 1978 Brown Paces Team, Wins Wrestling Title
Mar. 14, 1978 Brown Hopes For Win In NCAA Tournament
Apr. 4, 1978 Brown Places Fourth in NCAA's; Achieves All-American Distinction
Apr. 11, 1978 Soviet Matmen Win In Mayser Center
May 2, 1978 My Friends, The Russians
Nov. 14, 1978 Matmen Obtain New Coach; Team Readies For Season
Feb. 27, 1979 Brown, Blackman Go To Nationals
Mar. 13, 1979 Brown Achieves Fifth Place
Feb. 12, 1980 Blackman: World Class Wrestler
Feb. 19, 1980 With Brown Healthy, Dips Plan to Make History
Apr. 8, 1980 The Tradition Should Continue...
Mar. 10, 1981 Blackman Grapples to Last Second Top Honors, Catapults to Nationals
Mar. 17, 1981 'Blacky' Captures Wrestling Honors
Mar. 2, 1982 Wrestlers Fare Well at EIWA's
Mar. 8, 1983 Grapplers Complete Season; Gable to Nats
Nov. 9, 1986 F&M Wrestling From "Uncle Charley" To Today
Mar. 9, 1987 Yoder Captures Medal at EIWA's
Mar. 7, 1988 Johnston Places 3rd; Heads To Nationals
Feb. 26, 1990 Wrestling Upsets Pitt, William and Mary
Jan. 21, 1991 Wrestlers Handle American, UPenn, Have Won Six of Seven
Mar. 7, 1994 Bernardino, Moore Advance to NCAA Championships
Spring 1994 Bernardino Career Summary
Jan. 26, 1998 NCAA Incorporates New Wrestling Rules
Sep. 14, 1998 Schuyler Named to Wrestling Position
Jan. 29, 2001 All-Stars Shine in 34th Annual NWCA All-Star Wrestling Classic
Feb. 28, 2002 Rupp Named 2002 EIWA Man of the Year
Mar. 10, 2002 Gebauer Places Fifth at EIWA
Mar. 19, 2002 Phillips Honored by National Hall
Mar. 5, 2005 Parziale Places Fifth at 157 lbs. at 2005 EIWA Championships
Jun. 22, 2005 Parziale Selected to National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star China Tour
Jan. 9, 2008 Herbert Ties F&M Mark
Mar. 9, 2008 Herbert Takes Sixth at EIWA Championships
Oct. 6, 2008 F&M Academy Reunion Honors Rupp; Rupp Cup Makes Public Debut
Jan. 10, 2009 Herbert Sets Career Pin Mark
Mar. 11, 2009 Herbert Headed to Nationals
Jun. 7, 2009 Herbert Earns Third NWCA All-Academic Team Honor