LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall head wrestling coach Mike Rogers has announced the 2014-15 schedule.
The Diplomats, who finished last season with their first winning dual-meet record in eight years and produced their first All-American since 1981, open with the annual Blue/White Wrestle Off. The intra-squad scrimmage is slated for Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7:00 p.m. Competition opens the following Saturday (Nov. 8) with a trip to the Fall Brawl, hosted by Ursinus.
F&M's dual-meet season opener is scheduled for Nov. 16 on the road against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) foe Army, before taking on Sacred Heart the following Sunday (Nov. 23). George Mason is welcomed to the Mayser Center on Dec. 6 for the season's first home event, before VMI comes to Lancaster the following Friday (Dec. 12) for another dual-meet competition.
The historic Midlands Championships are set for Dec. 29-30, hosted by Northwestern. The Diplomats once again will send wrestlers out to take part in the competition after All-American Richard Durso placed fourth last season, the best finish ever for an F&M wrestler at the tournament.
The newly minted David H. Lehman F&M Open is set for Saturday, Jan. 3. The tournament continues to grow in popularity, annually attracting nearly 400 collegiate wrestlers from nationally prominent programs including Princeton, American, Bucknell and Drexel.
On Jan. 17, the Diplomat Duals will take place at home, before the team travels to face another stout EIWA competitor in Lehigh on Jan. 24. The Mountain Hawks placed second at last season's EIWA Tournament and 18th at the NCAA Championships with 29.5 points.
Back-to-back home duals follow with meetings against EIWA opponents Princeton (Jan. 31) and Drexel (Feb. 7), before the regular season culminates on the road against Bucknell (Feb. 13) and at Millersville for the battle of the Rupp Cup (Feb. 19).
EIWA Championships are hosted by Lehigh this season and are scheduled for March 6-7. The NCAA Championships are set to take place in St. Louis, Mo., and run from March 19-21. At last season's championships, Durso placed eighth in the 141-pound bracket to become the first F&M All-American wrestler since Craig Blackman in 1981.