BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Several members of the Franklin & Marshall wrestling team picked up wins on Friday afternoon at the 111th Eastern Collegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships, hosted by Lehigh, however the Diplomats were unable to send any of their grapplers into tomorrow's final day of action.
The complete bracket from day one can be found here.
Following an opening round loss to the bracket's No. 3 seed in Caleb Richardson from Penn., F&M's Patrick Quinlan (133) responded with a 7-4 decision in wrestlebacks against Harvard's Ryan Osleeb. The freshman grapplers impressive first-year campaign came to an end in the second round with a 17-8 loss to American's Josh Terao (No. 5).
Rob King battled the 157-bracket's No. 2 seed in Mitchell Minotti of Lehigh, but fell by a narrow 6-3 score in his opening round bout. King answered with a 4-1 decision in the first round of consolations against Harvard's Colby Knight, but saw his tournament come to an end in the following round with a 9-5 loss against Penn.'s Brooks Martino (No. 8).
Representing the Diplomats at 197, Charles Kerkesner faced a tough draw in his opening match and was taken down by the No. 1 seed Abraham Ayala of Princeton by a 19-4 tech. fall score. However, Kerkesner was solid in his first round consolation matchup, defeating Harvard's Michael Mocco with a nail-biting 3-2 tally. The Diplomats' junior grappler had his solid season come to a close in the next round, dropping a heartbreaking 10-9 decision to Columbia's Matt Idelson after being edged out on riding time.
Edgar Garcia (125), Robert Ruiz (141), Tommy Quinlan (149), Andrew Francos (165), Gordon Bolig (174), Anthony Mancini (184) and Alex Henry (285) all competed for the Diplomats at the Championships, but were unable to pick up a victory in their pair of bouts.
After one day of action, Cornell leads the standings with 93 points, followed by Lehigh (88) and Columbia (55). F&M registered four points on the day. The tournament wraps up tomorrow and will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the Championship Semifinals and Third Round Consolations.
The Diplomats concluded their regular season with a 3-8, 1-5 EIWA record.