Franklin & Marshall’s wrestlers are set to kick of the 2011 portion of the season with dual matches at home against Davidson and Princeton. The Diplomats (0-4, 0-3 EIWA) will host Davidson (0-1) in a rare, Friday afternoon match at noon. On Saturday, Princeton (2-5, 1-1 EIWA) will wrap up their weekend in the Keystone State that begins with a Friday night fracas at Clarion.
Both matches will feature free video streaming with John Brickley and Sam Gardner handling the call. Fans not stuck in the office for the Davidson match Friday afternoon will be rewarded with free pizza at Mayser Center.
The Diplomats and the Wildcats will lock horns for the ninth time in a series that is tied 4-4. The Diplomats will renew the rivalry with Princeton for the 48th time. F&M is in search of its 20th win against the Tigers.
At 11-1, 133-pounder, Jake Bucha, will look to rebound from his first setback of the season. The senior captain will have his work cut out for him as he faces Davidson’s Alex Radsky in what may be the weekend’s most intriguing bout. Radsky brings a 14-2 record to Mayser Center. Kenny Knapp, a winner of four of his last six bouts at 141 pounds, will look to maintain his hot-hand against Davidson’s Vitaly Radsky (5-1) or Scott Ray (4-7).
F&M’s 174-pounder, Matt Fullowan heads into the weekend a pair of wins away from 30 on his career. Colin Ely (8-3), a winner in six of his last seven bouts, needs one win to get to 25 on his career.