Diplomats Enter Final Week of Regular Season

Diplomats Enter Final Week of Regular Season

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team heads into the homestretch this week with the final tournament of the regular season as the Diplomats send grapplers to compete at the ninth annual National Collegiate Open (NCO) in Dover, Del. 

The Week Ahead 

Sunday, Feb. 26 –at National Collegiate Open – 9:00 AM 

Video | Live Results 

A Look at the NCO: The NCO serves as a post-season championship for NCAA Division I wrestlers who are not competing in their school's national qualifying tournament. Top-six place winners will be recognized as NCO All-Americans and provided with awards. 

Currently, seven Diplomats are registered to attend the event, including 2016 NCAA Qualifier at 285 pounds, Antonio Pelusi

Live video of the competition is provided through FloWrestling's subscription service and is available here, while live results are available here

Last Week: F&M Went 1-1 last week to finish out the dual-meet portion of its schedule, downing Millersville for the seventh consecutive year by a 31-9 score in the Battle for the Rupp Cup on Thursday, before an impressive comeback bid against EIWA-opponent Princeton came up short by a 28-9 tally on Friday evening. 

To read the full recap of the Millersville match, click here. For the full recap of the Princeton dual, click here

EIWA Championship Information: The 113th EIWA Wrestling Championships will take place at Sojka Pavilion on the campus of Bucknell University on March 3-4. 

Schedule and ticket information for the event is available here

DI Qualifier Allocations Released: The NCAA announced the qualifier allocations for the 2017 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, with the EIWA receiving a total of 42 spots, second only to the Big Ten with 76. 

EIWA Allocations: 125 (2), 133 (4), 141 (5), 149 (3), 157 (4), 165 (3), 174 (6), 184 (7), 197 (4), 285 (4).

Mancini Ranked No. 27 in RPI: In the second release of the 2016-17 season's RPI rankings, 184-pounder Anthony Mancini placed No. 27 on the list. Just five EIWA wrestlers were given a higher ranking at 184, led by Cornell's Gabe Dean at No. 7. 

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.  

Among the DI Leaders: Paddy Quinlan and Dan Martoccio are both just outside of the NCAA DI Fall Leaders Top-10 list. Each of the F&M grapplers has recorded nine pins on the year. 

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 20-11 on the season, redshirt senior Robbie King now holds a 73-60 career record, which is good for the 11th-most wins in program history. He needs just two more to crack the top 10. 

Season Leaders: Anthony Mancini (184 pounds) leads the way with a 22-12 overall record, including a 9-7 mark in EIWA competition. Paddy Quinlan is 21-16, King is 20-11,  Philip Robilotto is an impressive 19-10, while Dan Martoccio is 19-15 and Emmett LiCastri stands at 16-14. Pelusi (competing unattached) has accumulated a 24-11 mark.

To view complete statistics, click here

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.