Diplomats Set to Host Annual David H. Lehman F&M Open

Diplomats Set to Host Annual David H. Lehman F&M Open

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall wrestling is set for its first competition of 2017 when the Diplomats host the annual David H. Lehman F&M Open on Saturday. The tournament enters its fifth year and its third since being renamed in honor of the program's 1968 alumnus.

The Week Ahead 

Saturday, Jan. 7 – David H. Lehman F&M Open – 9:00 AM 

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A Look at the David H. Lehman F&M Open: This year's Open makes a return to the Franklin & Marshall College campus and will take place in the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center (ASFC). The gym opens for fan entry at 8:00 a.m., with wrestling beginning at 9:00 a.m. 

More than 350 participants from nearly 30 programs across all divisions will be featured. Wrestlers from Cornell, Harvard, Lehigh, Lock Haven, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers, and Penn. State – among others – are expected to participate. A total of 10 mats will be utilized in the non-team scoring competition. 

Live results for the tournament will be made available through Track Wrestling and can be viewed here.

About the Open: In 2014, the program's annual tournament was renamed after prominent geologist David H. Lehman '68, whose $5 million gift endowed the Diplomats' NCAA Division I wrestling program for generations of student-athletes to come. 

The gift, establishing the "David H. Lehman Endowed Wrestling Program Fund," fully endowed wrestling program operations, including funding for existing personnel, equipment, competitions, and ongoing recruitment of student-athletes.

To learn more about Lehman, click here

Events Surrounding the Open: Before the competition begins, the local chapter of "Wrestlers in Business" will be hosting a career fair on Friday evening for upperclassmen competing in the tournament.

Beat the Streets Lancaster, a vision of the Dave Lehman Foundation, will also host the USA Victory Tour, with appearances by wrestling Olympians, National Champions, and motivational speakers.

Last Time Out: F&M closed out 2016 by sending wrestlers to compete in both the Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern and the Lock Haven Classic on Thursday, Dec. 29.

Antonio Pelusi paced a total of four Diplomats at the Midlands with a 2-2 record in the 285-pound bracket before ending his run in the Consolation Round of 16. 

To read the complete recap, click here

Philip Robilotto (unattached) secured a third-place finish in the 197-pound bracket at the Lock Haven Classic, wrestling to an impressive 4-1 record. Freshman Emmett LiCastri highlighted a group of four Diplomats who took part in the 157-pound bracket, recording three-straight wrestle back pins to reach the Consolation Semifinals, where he came up just short with a narrow 2-1 loss against Hofstra's Ricky Stamm. 

To read the complete recap, click here. 

King Moving Up the Charts: Standing at 13-8 on the season after a string of successful tournament showings, King now holds a 66-57 career record, which is good for the 16th most wins in program history.   

Season Leaders: Anthony Mancini (184 pounds) leads the way with a 14-7 overall record, including a standout 5-3 mark in EIWA competition. King is next at 13-8, while LiCastri is 12-11.Pelusi (competing unattached) stands at 10-7 and Paddy Quinlan has accumulated a 9-8 record. 

Pins Leaders: With three pins at the Lock Haven Classic, LiCastri took over the team lead with six. P. Quinlan is next at five, followed by King and Dan Martoccio with four each.