MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – With wins in eight of the 10 bouts, including three-straight to open the match, Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team retained the Rupp Cup for the seventh consecutive year with a 31-9 win against Millersville on Thursday evening.
The Diplomats improved to 4-8 on the year while the Marauders dropped to 2-8.
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F&M seized control early on with an 11-0 advantage after the opening three bouts. Edgar Garcia got the action started with a 5-1 decision at 125 before Dan Martoccio followed with a dominant 18-4 major at 133 to put the Diplomats out in front at 7-0.
Paddy Quinlan stretched F&M's commanding advantage to 11-0 at 141 with an 18-6 major decision. Millersville climbed back into the match with two consecutive wins, including a pin at 157, which cut the Diplomats' lead to 11-9 heading into 165.
Senior captain Robbie King broke the Millersville momentum with a clutch 16-0 tech. fall, securing the match in the final seconds of the first period to deliver five points to F&M. A Jimmy Stillerman reversal broke a 2-2 tie in the closing seconds of the second period at 174, before the Diplomats' freshman grappler controlled the third stanza en route to a 13-5 decision.
Anthony Mancini entered the third period ahead by a 9-1 tally at 184 and closed the bout at 6:44 with the 19-1 tech. fall. Gordon Bolig continued the Diplomat win streak by securing the final three points in a 9-6 win at 197.
Jack Argast garnered the first dual win of his career at 285, earning F&M's fifth straight win in the match with a thriller in the night's final bout. Trailing by an 8-6 tally with just seconds on the clock in the third, Argast recorded a takedown to force sudden victory. Argast worked his was around the back of Millersville's Zachary Yackenchick in the opening 10 seconds of the overtime frame to collect the takedown and put the finishing touches on the Diplomats' victory.
Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponent Princeton heads to Mayser tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. for F&M's final dual meet competition of the 2016-17 season.
F&M 31, Millersville 9
125 –Edgar Garcia (F&M) over Austin Camacci (MILL) - 5-1 DEC, F&M leads 3-0
133 – Dan Martoccio (F&M )over Aaron Wildonger (MILL) - 18-4 MD, F&M leads 7-0
141 – Paddy Quinlan (F&M) over Kyle Loeb (MILL) - 18-6 MD, F&M leads 11-0
149 – David Charles (MILL) over Sam Butler (F&M) - 8-5 DEC, F&M leads 11-3
157 – Seth Decker (MILL) over Tom Quinlan (F&M) by Fall (2:32), F&M leads 11-9
165 – Robbie King (F&M) over Shane Ruhnke (MILL) - 16-0 TF (2:57), F&M leads 16-9
174 – Jimmy Stillerman (F&M) over Trent Cook (MILL) - 13-5 DEC, F&M leads 20-9
184 – Anthony Mancini (F&M) over Evan Morrill - 19-1 TF (6:44) F&M leads 25-9
197 - Gordon Bolig (F&M) over Jared Fetterman (MILL) - 9-7 DEC, F&M leads 28-9
285 - Jack Argast (F&M) over Zachary Yackenchick (MILL) - 10-8 SV-1, F&M wins 31-9.