Franklin & Marshall travels to cross-town rival Millersville on Friday night to take on the Marauders in the annual Battle for the Rupp Cup. Match time is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Pucillo Gymnasium.
F&M (6-7) and Millersville (3-9) are set to meet for the 21st time on Friday in a series that started in 1994. The Marauders hold a 15-5 series advantage, but the Diplomats have captured two in a row, including a 29-13 triumph last year.
The Diplomats and Marauders will meet for the fifth time since establishing the Rupp Cup in honor of Lancaster County's wrestling patriarch, Ted Rupp. A student at the F&M Academy and Franklin & Marshall, Rupp maintained strong ties to both his alma mater and Millersville University. In 1948-49, Rupp coached both Millersville and F&M, finishing with a 20-2 combined record. That is believed to have been the only time in collegiate wrestling history when one man coached two colleges concurrently. In honor of his distinguished service to both institutions, the Rupp Cup is now awarded to the winner of the annual meeting between Franklin & Marshall and Millersville.
Tune into the latest F&M wrestling podcast with head coach Mike Rogers and check out this week's match notes via the links at the top of this page.