LANCASTER, Pa. – After an impressive showing by a multitude of Franklin & Marshall wrestlers at last weekend's East Stroudsburg Open, the Diplomats look to continue their early-season momentum at the Bearcat Open, hosted by Binghamton, this Sunday.
The Week Ahead
Sunday, Nov. 13 – Bearcat Open (Hosted by Binghamton) – 9:00 AM
A Look at the Bearcat Open: The Jonathon Kaloust Bearcat Open, renamed in honor of the former Binghamton student-athlete and Navy SEAL who was killed in a training exercise in May of 2013, enters its seventh annual year of competition. The tournament will take place in Vestal, N.Y. at the Events Center.
F&M enjoyed success at last season's competition and was led by Robbie King who wrestled unattached and registered a pair of decisions to reach the quarterfinals, before dropping down to the wrestle backs.
Scott Stevens was also impressive at 133, beginning action with a 6-1 decision. In the round of 16, Stevens nearly pulled off the upset of 2015 NCAA Qualifier and the nation's No. 17 grappler in Caleb Richardson of Penn., but fell just short by a 5-2 score.
Last Week: Three Diplomats brought home third-place finishes at the ESU Open on Sunday to begin F&M's 2016-17 season. King (165), Anthony Mancini (174) and Antonio Pelusi (285), who competed unattached, all wrestled back through the consolation bracket to secure third place in their respective brackets.
Competing in his first collegiate competition, freshman Cole Aaron was impressive at 149, rattling off four consecutive wins in the wrestle backs before eventually falling to Rutgers Anthony Giraldo, a 2016 NCAA Qualifier, by a 4-1 decision.
A pair of the Diplomats' freshmen produced strong showings in the 157-pound consolation bracket. Emmett LiCastri captured four straight, including a pin (6:52) while Mike Berkowitz also won four in a row, including a 5-4 decision against his teammate LiCastri.
King Moving up the Charts: With a 4-1 record at the ESU Open last weekend, King now holds a 57-50 career record, good for the 24th most wins in program history.