LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall head wrestling coach Mike Rogers has announced the Diplomats' incoming freshman class. The eight-member group of recruits features four grapplers from Pennsylvania as well as one of each from Ohio, Delaware, New Jersey and New York.
"On paper this could be one of most talented recruiting classes we brought to F&M," said Rogers. "As a coaching staff we are very excited about the potential of this year's class. Each one of our recruits will add depth and challenge for starting time right away."
The class of 2018 joins a group of 18 returners for this winter as the Diplomats lost just a pair of seniors to graduation.
Complete bios of the eight freshmen are listed below.
F&M Wrestling Class of 2018Sam Butler, 141/149, York, Pa./Central York H.S. Jacob Conners, 157/165, Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder H.S. Edgar Garcia, 125, West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove H.S. Anthony Mancini, 197, Middletown, Del./Salesianum School Danny Martoccio, 125/133, Holland, Pa./Council Rock H.S. Stephen Paterno, 165, Clark, N.J./ Arthur L. Johnson H.S. Antonio Pelusi, 197/HWT, Norristown, Pa./La Salle College H.S. Patrick (Paddy) Quinlan, 125/133, Fayetteville, N.Y./ Fayetteville-Manlius H.S.
The Recruit Breakdown
Sam Butler (York, Pa./Central York High School)
Projected Weight Class: 141/149
Highlights: Posted a 96-27 record… Fargo Nationals Freestyle qualifer… PIAA Regional qualifier… Member of the Pennsylvania Junior Duals National Team.
Jacob Conners (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder)
Projected Weight Class: 157/165
Highlights: Ohio High School Division 1 State 6th placer… District Champion… Sectional Champion… Career record of 86-36… Two-time Fargo Freestyle National qualifier… Disney Dual All-American… Freestyle National Junior Duals Team Member… Team Most Valuable Wrestler… Team Captain as a senior… 40-9 as a senior.
Edgar Garcia (West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove)
Projected Weight Class: 125
Highlights: Eighth at PIAA State Tournament (2013)… Second at PIAA South East Region (2013)… Earned distinguished honors all four years of high school… Class President from 2010-13… Member of the All-Academic Pennsylvania Wrestling Team (2012-14)… Career record of 132-38.
Anthony Mancini (Middletown, Del./Salesianum School)
Projected Weight Class: 197
Highlights: Three-time Conference Champion… Three-time All-State… Two-time state finalist… 2013 State Champion… Three-time Freestyle State Champion… Two-time Greco State Champion… Accumulated a career record of 101-27… Junior Olympic All-American… Two-time Disney Duals All-American… 2012 NHSCA Sophomore Nationals All-American… 2014 Flonationals All-American.
Danny Martoccio (Holland, Pa./Council Rock)
Projected Weight Class: 125/133
Highlights: Two-time PIAA State Place Winner… 2012 8th place finisher at 106 pounds… 2014 7th place finisher at 126 pounds… Three-time Academic All-American… Career record of 124-37.
Stephen Paterno (Clark, N.J./ Arthur L. Johnson)
Projected Weight Class: 165
Highlights: Collected a 51-19 career record… Captain of team from 2013-14… Regional Qualifier... Honor Student… Maintained a 4.0 GPA… Italian National Honor Society.
Antonio Pelusi (Norristown, Pa./La Salle College H.S.)
Projected Weight Class: 197/HWT
Highlights: Career record of 144-40, including a 40-6 senior year mark… Sixth at PIAA AAA States… Eighth at 2013 Super 32… Sixth at 2011 Powerade Tournament… Fifth at Beast of the East Tournament (2012-13)… Four-time All-Catholic First Team… Four-time PIAA Regional qualifier… Pennsylvania Fargo National Team Member… Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches' Association All-Academic Honorable Mention.
Patrick (Paddy) Quinlan (Fayetteville, N.Y./ Fayetteville-Manlius)
Projected Weight Class: 125/133
Highlights: Posted a 146-39 record… Career wins leader at high school… Five-time NYSPAA Section 3 Class AA Finalist… Two-time Champ… Four-time NYSPAA Section 3 Place Finisher… Two-time finalist… First Champion in 40 years (2014)… Sixth at NYSPHAA State Tournament… All-League in football and lacrosse… Honor and High Honor Roll all four years.