F&M Places Two at National Collegiate Open

F&M Places Two at National Collegiate Open

Complete Results 

DOVER, Del. – Antonio Pelusi secured third place, and Brett Kulp finished fifth to pace a slew of Franklin & Marshall wrestlers at the ninth annual National Collegiate Open (NCO) in Dover, Del. 

By placing in the top six in the event, which serves as a post-season championship for NCAA Division, I wrestlers who are not competing in their school's national qualifying tournament, Pelusi, and Kulp were recognized as NCO All-Americans and provided with awards. 

Pelusi earned wins in each of his first two matchups of the 285 Championship bracket to land in the Semifinals where he fell to Hofstra's Michael Hughes. The Diplomats' 2016 NCAA Qualifier rebounded in the wrestle backs by securing a thrilling takedown with just two seconds remaining in the first sudden victory period for a 3-1 win against American's Jake Scanlan. 

In the battle for third place, Pelusi earned four takedowns, including two in the third period, to defeat Appalachian State's, Cary Miller. 

Brett Kulp rattled off two straight wins in the 133-pound Championship bracket to reach the Semifinals, including a 3-2 comeback victory over Rutgers' Josh Patrick that featured a three-point period for Kulp and a takedown with just 46 seconds remaining.

The redshirt freshman dropped a pair of close decisions to reach the fifth-place match where he sealed a 4-3 win with a third-period escape. 

After dropping down to the wrestle backs following an opening-match pin, Chris Martorello responded with a 12-11 decision win against Drexel's Vincent Foggia and a 7-3 decision against Clarion's Joe Sliwoski. His tournament came to an end with a 2-2 record following a hard-fought 6-3 loss in his next bout. 

A dominant opening-round pin at 149 sent redshirt freshman Cole Aaron into the Championship Round of 16 before a 9-2 decision loss dropped him down to consolations. He followed with two consecutive victories, including a 7-4 decision against Clarion's Taylor Ortz. His tournament drew to a close with a narrow 9-6 decision to finish at 3-2 overall on the day. 

Reid Robilotto earned a victory in the 174 wrestle backs by downing Navy's Joseph Monaghan by a 7-1 score. 

F&M returns to the mat on Friday for day one of the EIWA Championships, hosted by Bucknell.