MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team took a short trip across town on Thursday evening and returned home with a 24-12 win and in possession of the Rupp Cup after downing Millersville at Pucillo Gymnasium. The Diplomats closed out the regular season and improved their record to 3-8, while the Marauders fell to 6-9.
F&M snapped one streak and continued another after overcoming a five dual winless streak and extending its consecutive victories in the Rupp Cup series with Millersville to five straight. The Diplomats now hold the 5-3 lead in the annual battle, which dates back to 2008 and is named in honor of Ted Rupp, the former F&M and Millersville coach.
The Marauders only lead in the match came after the first bout, following a Millersville decision at 125 for the early 3-0 advantage. Patrick Quinlan knotted the match at 3-3 with a milestone win, capturing the 15th victory of his freshman campaign after downing his opponent by a 9-2 score at 133.
Robert Ruiz faced little opposition at 141, dominating his bout with a 16-7 decision for the 69th victory of his career, moving him into sole possession of 13th on the program's all-time wins list.
Tommy Quinlan was involved in a battle at 149. Ahead by a 7-6 margin heading into the third, Millersville's Nico Demetrio tied it up with an escape to start the period. Still knotted with 35 seconds remaining, Quinlan managed to gain control on the mat for two points and the 9-7 victory, handing the Diplomats a 10-3 lead in the contest.
Rob King continued with another strong late-season performance, earning his fourth consecutive dual meet win with a narrow 3-2 decision after a third-period escape to break the tie. Andrew Francos followed at 165 with F&M's fifth straight victory, handling his opponent with a 10-1 major decision and extending the lead to 17-3.
A Millersville pin at 174 made things interesting by cutting the score to 17-9, however a 6-4 decision from Anthony Mancini at 184 and Charles Kerkesner's fourth straight dual win at 197, a dominating 16-4 major decision, sealed the Diplomats' victory.
F&M will return to the mat Friday, March 6-7 at the Eastern Collegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships, hosted by Lehigh. More information concerning the championships will be made available on GoDiplomats.com next week.
Franklin & Marshall 24, Millersville 12
125: Alex Baider (MILL) over Edgar Garcia (F&M) (Dec 10-4)
133: Patrick Quinlan (F&M) over Samuel Oberlander (MILL) (Dec 9-2)
141: Robert Ruiz (F&M) over Thomas Nulty (MILL) (MD 16-7)
149: Thomas Quinlan (F&M) over Nico Demetrio (MILL) (Dec 9-7)
157: Rob King (F&M) over Shane Ruhnke (MILL) (Dec 3-2)
165: Andy Francos (F&M) over Ian Shannon (MILL) (MD 10-1)
174: Brock Thompson (MILL) over Gordon Bolig (F&M) (Fall 3:26)
184: Anthony Mancini (F&M) over Kyle Narber (MILL) (Dec 6-4)
197: Charles Kerkesner (F&M) over Ryan Nielsen (MILL) (MD 16-4)
285: David Wuestner (MILL) over Alex Henry (F&M) (SV-1 3-1)