LANCASTER, Pa. – The third annual and newly renamed David H. Lehman F&M Open is set to take place on Saturday, Jan. 3 at the Schnader Field House located inside the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center. The event continues to grow in popularity and size with this season's open expected to include nearly 400 wrestlers from more than 35 teams across all divisions. Action begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs throughout the day.
Live results and up-to-date brackets will be available along with a live video feed. Links for both can be found on the tournament home page, located here.
Lehman Endowment Gift
In honor of a $5 million gift from prominent geologist David Lehman, a 1968 alumnus, that will endow F&M's standout, NCAA Division I wrestling program for generations of student-athletes to come, the annual wrestling tournament has been renamed the David H. Lehman F&M Open.
The gift establishing the "David H. Lehman Endowed Wrestling Program Fund" will fully endow wrestling program operations, including funding for existing personnel, equipment, competitions, and ongoing recruitment of student-athletes. The College hosts one of only 11 Division I wrestling programs at liberal arts colleges -- including military academies -- nationwide, and last year produced its first All-American wrestler in 33 years.
Click here to read more about Lehman's gift.
F&M Open Dinner
Coinciding with the Open will be an inaugural pre-tournament dinner, taking place Friday, Jan. 2, which is intended to enhance connections between the F&M wrestling program and the broader high school and college wrestling communities. The dinner, attended by F&M wrestling parents, F&M wrestling alumni, and coaches from local high schools and visiting teams, is meant to highlight F&M College wrestling, intercollegiate wrestling and Pennsylvania wrestling.
Speaking at the inaugural event will be the executive director of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Mike Moyer. He has served in his role since 1999 and in that time has assisted the NWCA grow as a non-profit organization that is in place to assist the sport of amateur and collegiate wrestling. As the keynote speaker of the event, he will discuss the current landscape of wrestling across all divisions and levels and other pertinent topics related to amateur wrestling.
A Look at the Tournament
The Diplomats have found success at their home tournament over the previous two years of the event. In the inaugural Open in 2013, Richard Durso and Robert Ruiz both claimed second to headline F&M's performance at the non-team scoring event. Andrew Murano '14, Aaron Moldoff and Paul Alessandrini all secured top-eight finishes.
Last season, the Diplomats were unable to record a top-eight finish but had a number of wrestlers register multiple wins. After falling by decision in his opening bout at 125, Jason Bing rebounded with a pair of victories in the consolation bracket.
Scott Stevens went 2-2 on the day, including a 13-1 major decision at 133. Competing at 149, Tommy Quinlan stormed out of the gate with an 8-6 decision and wrapped up his day with a 2-2 mark that included a 4-1 decision in the second round of consolations before suffering a technical fall loss in the third round.
Sharron Townsend also found success at 149, earning a pair of wins in the championship bracket. Falling in his opening bout at 157, Andrew Murano ' 14 responded with a 14-7 decision in the next round, while Rob King went 2-2 at 165.