LANCASTER, Pa. – Paddy Quinlan (141) and Antonio Pelusi (who competed unattached at 285) both secured fourth-place finishes to pace Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team at its fifth annual home wrestling tournament, the David H. Lehman F&M Open in Lancaster on Saturday.
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P. Quinlan opened his day with three straight victories, including a pin of Princeton's Jordan Reich at 3:38 in the 141-pound championship bracket to reach the Quarterfinals. After dropping his next match, Quinlan recorded two more pins in the wrestle backs, both in the first period, to make his way into the Consolation Semifinals.
The junior captain found his was in the third-place match after an injury forfeit from his opponent but had to settle for fourth after dropping his final bout.
Pelusi, who is competing unattached this year, followed an opening-match loss in the championship bracket by wrestling all the way back to the third-place match with six consecutive wins that saw the 2016 NCAA Qualifier collect a pair of majors.
In the battle for third, Pelusi took on N.C State's Michael Boykin and came up short in the first sudden victory period by a 3-1 score.
After falling by a narrow 5-2 decision in his opening match, Dan Martoccio followed with three straight dominant performances, reaching the 133-pound Consolation Semifinals with a pin (1:00), a tech. fall (16-0) and a major decision (14-2). However, Martoccio was edged in his next bout, falling by a tight 16-12 score.
At 165, Robbie King rolled past his first opponent with a 17-1 tech. fall, but the Diplomats' senior captain was forced to withdraw from his next match due to injury before a pin in consolations derailed his tournament.
Former F&M All-American Rick Durso also took part in the 165-pound bracket, wrestling unattached and fighting all the way to the Championship Semifinals. After Durso was edged by a 5-3 decision, he recorded a first-period pin (2:04) and a 3-1 decision in the wrestle backs to take third place.
Anthony Mancini began his tournament with a pair of decisions, which included a 5-2 victory against Clarion's Greg Bulsak to reach the 184-pound Quarterfinals. After being dealt a hard-fought 14-12 loss, Mancini saw his run come to an end with another heartbreaking loss, falling by a 3-2 decision in the wrestle backs.
Competing unattached, and fresh off a third-place finish at the Lock Haven Classic on Dec. 29, 197-pounder Philip Robilotto looked in control with a 9-0 major and a 19-0 tech. fall in his first two matches of the day. Dropping down to the wrestle backs after being pinned in the Championship Semifinals, Robilotto tallied a 7-6 decision but had his day draw to a close in his next matchup.
Edgar Garcia secured a 12-5 decision in the 125-pound consolation bracket before seeing his tournament come to an end in the next round. Sam Butler and Nick Maher both found success in the 149-pound wrestle backs. Maher earned a 4-3 decision while Butler secured three straight before falling just shy of the Consolation Semifinals with a 7-3 defeat.
Emmett LiCastri recorded a convincing 10-1 major decision against Pittsburgh's Joe Travato in the 157-pound wrestle backs. Jimmy Stillerman delivered a thrilling 3-1 sudden victory decision win at 174 to open his tournament and finished with a 2-2 overall record after adding a 6-5 decision in the wrestle backs.
Reid Robilotto also earned a win in the consolation bracket, overcoming teammate Gordon Bolig with a 12-6 decision. Corey Kerkesner shut down his opening opponent at 285 with a 5-0 decision but came up short in his next two bouts.
The Diplomats return to dual meet competition on Tuesday, traveling to EIWA opponent Bucknell for a 7:00 p.m. contest.