LANCASTER, Pa. – Following two-straight successful tournament showings, Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team figures to face its stiffest competition of 2016-17 at the annual Keystone classic, hosted by Penn. on Sunday.
The Week Ahead
Sunday, Nov. 20 – Keystone Classic (Hosted by Penn.) – All Day
A Look at the Keystone Classic: A total of 25 ranked wrestlers are set to take the mat at the Palestra for one on the premier early-season tournaments in the country.
Defending National Champion Penn State (currently ranked No. 4 in the nation), No. 23 Rider, Appalachian State, Drexel, Eastern Michigan, Edinboro, Harvard, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Sacred Heart and VMI will all be represented at the event.
At last year's Keystone Classic, Rick Durso took third in the 141 bracket to lead the Diplomats to a 10th place showing out of 12 competing teams with 32.5 total team points.
Antonio Pelusi reached the consolation semifinals at 285, going 3-3 on the day, including a pair of 3-2 decisions and a 4-2 decision in sudden victory against Harvard's Nick Gajdzik.
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Last Week: F&M 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.
King Moving Up the Charts: With a 3-2 record at the Binghamton Open last weekend, King now holds a 60-52 career record, good for the 22nd most wins in program history.
Season Leaders: Mancini leads the way with an 8-3 overall record, including an impressive 5-3 mark in EIWA competition. King stands at 7-3, while P. Quinlan has accumulated a 7-4 record and a team-leading five pins. Competing unattached this year, Pelusi so far has a 6-3 overall record.