BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Franklin & Marshall was well represented at the seventh annual Bearcat Open, hosted by Binghamton on Sunday. Anthony Mancini led the way by wrestling to a fourth-place finish, while Paddy Quinlan recorded three pins on the day.
At 184, Mancini began with back-to-back, nail-biting matches in the championship bracket, including a 2-1 win that went to a tiebreaker. Following a quarterfinal loss, Mancini notched three straight wins to reach the third-place match, where he settled for fourth after a first-period pin.
P. Quinlan (141 pounds) stormed out of the gate with two consecutive pins in the championship round before securing an 8-7 decision to reach the quarterfinals. Following a 12-7 loss, he dropped down to the wrestle backs and earned his third fall of the day.
Freshman Cole Aaron continued to impress at 149 in the second tournament of his early career. He opened action by pinning (4:53) Hofstra's Ryan Burkert and followed with a 5-2 decision to reach the quarterfinals. Aaron's next lost out to the bracket's top seed and saw his day come to an end in the wrestle backs.
Robbie King rattled off two straight victories in the 165-pound championship round, including a first-period fall (1:14) in his first match of the day. The shirt senior captain fell in the quarterfinals but added a 4-2 decision in consolations.
Competing unattached, Antonio Pelusi wrestled his way into the quarterfinals with a 4-1 decision against Hofstra's Omar Haddad. Pelusi also picked up a 4-2 decision in consolations and finished the tournament with a 2-2 record.
Edgar Garcia recorded a fall (4:58) in the 125-pound bracket, pinning Navy's Noah Sirianni in the consolation round.
At 133, Dan Martoccio started his day strong with a 6-4 decision in the championship bracket by edging Maryland's Jhared Simmons. After dropping down to the wrestle backs, Martoccio followed with a pin (3:51) but concluded his tournament with a 2-2 mark after losing his next bout.
Emmett LiCastri (157 pounds) pinned Brown's Richard Muniz to reach the round of 16 in the championship bracket but fell short in his next bout, while Phillip Robilotto registered a dominant 17-1 tech fall in the 197-pound championship bracket.
F&M continues its tournament schedule next Sunday, traveling to Penn. for the Keystone Classic.