LANCASTER, Pa. – The final week of the dual meet season lies ahead for Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team when the Diplomats travel to Millersville on Thursday for the annual Battle for the Rupp Cup, before hosting fellow Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponent Princeton on Friday evening in Mayser.
The Week Ahead
Thursday, Feb. 16 – at Millersville (Rupp Cup) – 7:00 PM
Friday, Feb. 17 – vs. Princeton – 7:30 PM
Scouting Millersville: The Marauders head into Thursday with a 2-7 record after falling to East Stroudsburg by a 27-18 score last Friday. Competing in Division II, Millersville's two wins on the year came against Gannon on Dec. 3 (23-21) and American International on Jan. 20 (49-3).
F&M heads into the contest riding a six-match winning streak against Millersville, dating back to the 2010 season. Last year, the Diplomats won seven of the 10 bouts to earn a 25-13 win at home.
Rupp Cup History: The Diplomats and the Marauders meet annually for the battle of the Rupp Cup in honor of Lancaster County's wrestling patriarch, Ted Rupp. A student at the Franklin & Marshall Academy and Franklin & Marshall College, Rupp maintained strong ties to both his alma mater and Millersville University. In 1948-49, Rupp coached both Millersville and F&M, finishing with a 20-2 combined record.
That is believed to have been the only time in collegiate wrestling history when one man coached two colleges concurrently. In honor of his distinguished service to both institutions, the Rupp Cup is now awarded to the winner of the annual meeting.
For more information on the history of this rivalry, click here.
Scouting Princeton: The Tigers faced stiff competition throughout the season and produced an 8-7 dual meet record, not including a matchup with Rider this upcoming Thursday. Princeton gave No. 8 ranked Cornell a scare last Saturday, winning four bouts but ultimately falling short of its upset bid by a 21-12 score.
Seven of the Tiger's nine spots in the lineup feature wrestlers ranked in the latest NCAA Coaches Poll, led by 141-pounder Matthew Kolodzik (No. 4) who has 22 wins in his remarkable freshman season.
Last Week: F&M battled George Mason at home last Saturday but was undone by a 31-11 tally. Dan Martoccio (133) earned a 10-2 major decision, Robbie King (165) was victorious with an 11-2 major and Philip Robilotto, who took part in his first career dual meet, came away with an 8-6 decision at 197.
To read the full recap, click here.
Antonio Pelusi went 3-0 in the 285-pound bracket to roll to a first-place finish and lead a group of Diplomats at the Warriors Winter Open, hosted by East Stroudsburg on Sunday.
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Mancini Ranked No. 23 in RPI: In the first release of the 2016-17 season's RPI rankings, 184-pounder Anthony Mancini placed No. 23 on the list. Just three EIWA wrestlers were given a higher ranking, led by Cornell's Gabe Dean at No. 3.
The Rating Percentage Index, commonly known as the RPI, is a quantity used to rank wrestlers based upon an individual's wins and losses and their strength of opponents.
Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, RPI and coaches' rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
To view the complete RPI rankings, click here.
To view the complete rankings, click here.
Quinlan and Martoccio are on a historic pace, already ranking in a tie for fifth on the all-time season pin's list. Quinlan has a total of 17 in his career.
King Moving Up the Charts: Standing at 18-11 on the season, redshirt senior Robbie King now holds a 71-60 career record, which is good for the 12th-most wins in program history. He needs just four more to crack the top 10.
Season Leaders: Anthony Mancini (184 pounds) leads the way with a 21-11 overall record, including a 9-6 mark in EIWA competition. Paddy Quinlan is 19-16, Philip Robilotto is an impressive 19-10, while Dan Martoccio is 18-14, King is 18-11, and Emmett LiCastri stands at 16-14. Pelusi (competing unattached) has accumulated a 24-11 mark.
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Pins Leaders: Following Quinlan and Martoccio's team-leading nine falls, LiCastri is next with six. King and Mancini each have five. Cole Aaron, who is competing on a redshirt, has accumulated six pins.