LOCKHAVEN, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team registered six top-five finishes to capture a fourth-place showing out of nine competing teams on Monday at the 2014 First Citizens Community Bank Lock Haven University Invitational.
The Diplomats notched 63.5 points during the day to finish ahead of Bucknell, Virginia, Bloomsburg, Davidson and George Mason. Hofstra secured first with 154 points, followed by the host school with 136.5 and Clarion in third at 83.
Robert Ruiz led the charge at 141, earning a pair of decisions, including a 5-3 victory against Lock Haven's Robert Rehm in the round of four to advance into the finals. The Diplomats' senior grappler fell in the championship by a 16-1 score against Hofstra's Jamel Hudson to wrap up action in second place.
Competing at 133, Scott Stevens overcame a narrow 5-3 loss in his opening bout to land a pair of wins in the consolation bracket on his way to a fourth-place showing for F&M. Michael Marano was solid in his opening bout, downing Lock Haven's Tanner Sutton by a 7-4 score, before falling in the round of four. Marano recorded sixth-place in the bracket after dropping a 9-3 decision in the battle for fifth.
Andrew Francos' (165) performance at the tournament was good for a fifth-place showing, after earning a pair of decisions in the championship bracket and a 9-4 victory over Bucknell's Brenan McAllister in the fifth-place title match.
In the 174 bracket, Gordon Bolig came away with a 9-8 decision in his opening matchup against George Mason's Daniel Mika and a 7-2 decision in consolations to reach the third-place title bout. However, he had to settle for fourth after falling to Clarion's Michael Pavasko by a 6-1 mark.
After going 1-1 in the championship bracket at 184, Anthony Mancini pinned Clarion's Nicholas Shawley to secure a place in the battle for third, but came up short against Clarion's Danny Sutherland. Alex Henry earned fifth at 285, starting his day with 6-2 decision over Clarion's Josh Davis in the championship bracket and ending his competition with an 8-3 win against Bucknell's Charles Boddy for the fifth-place crown.
F&M returns to action on Saturday for the third annual David H. Lehman F&M Open at the Schnader Field House located inside the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Additional information about the event can be found here.