LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall head wrestling coach Mike Rogers announced the Diplomats' incoming freshman class. The five-member group of recruits features a pair of New York natives, one grappler from Pennsylvania as well as one representative from New Jersey and one from Florida.
"This group should really help to add depth to our program," said Rogers. "Some members of the class could be fighting for a starting spot right away."
The class of 2019 joins a group of 21 returners this winter as F&M lost four members to graduation, including a pair from the lineup. Highlighting the class is Corey Kerkesner, the 2015 Florida High School 2A State Champion at 195 lbs. Corey joins his brother Charles Kerkesner (197 lbs.) on the team, now giving the Diplomats two sets of siblings along with Tommy and Patrick Quinlan.
F&M Wrestling Class of 2019John (Jack) Argast - Heavyweight - New York, N.Y./Poly Prep. Country Day David Brennan - 157/165 - Glen Rock, N.J./Bergen Catholic Corey Kerkesner - 184/197 - Fort Myers, Fla./Cypress Lake Chris Martorello - 125 - Eastchester, N.Y./Fordham Prep. Jared Wehrmann - 174/184 - Greentown, Pa./Wallenpaupack
The Recruit Breakdown
John (Jack) Argast (New York, N.Y./Poly Prep. Country Day)
Projected Weight Class: Heavyweight
Highlights: 99-34 career record… Four-year varsity letter winner… 2X New York Prep. State Champion… Also played four years varsity football, one year of varsity lacrosse… Founder and President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
David Brennan (Glen Rock, N.J./Bergen Catholic)
Projected Weight Class: 157/165
Highlights: 45-32 career record… County and district runner-up… High school team was 4X New Jersey State Team Champions… Also competes in Brazilian jiu jitsu… Earned First Honors in academics his senior year… Co-President of USO Club.
Corey Kerkesner (Fort Myers, Fla./Cypress Lake)
Projected Weight Class: 184/197
Highlights: 133 wins in high school, including 63 pins… First and third in Florida State Championships… Undefeated 46-0 senior season… A 2X District and Regional Champion… Four-year varsity letter winner… Three-year captain… Member of National Honor Society… "Be A Buddy" Special Olympics… Four-year youth club coach with more than 820 service hours during his high school career… Brother Charles a member of the F&M wrestling team.
Chris Martorello (Eastchester, N.Y./Fordham Prep.)
Projected Weight Class: 125
Highlights: 147-40 career record in high school… 3X CHSAA City Champion… 2015 New York City Champion… 2015 New York State Qualifier… Honor Roll student all four years.
Jared Wehrmann (Greentown, Pa./Wallenpaupack)
Projected Weight Class: 174/184
Highlights: 140-32 career record… 2X Pennsylvania State Qualifier… Northeast Region Second, Third and Fourth Teams... 2X District 2 Champion… Holds high school record for season and career wins… Pennsylvania Greco State Champion… Pennsylvania Freestyle State Runner-Up… 3X team captain and MVP… 3X Wallenpaupack Academic Honor Award… 2X District 2 Academic Honoree… Wallenpaupack School Board "Senior of the Month."