A young Franklin & Marshall wrestling lineup gained valuable experience through a grueling dual meet schedule that saw the Diplomats face some of the toughest competition the nation had to offer. When the season came to a close, F&M garnered several significant wins to finish with a 4-9 overall record.
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The dual meet portion of the Diplomats' schedule opened at home on Dec. 2 against VMI. Holding onto a narrow 21-13 team lead heading into the 184-pound matchup, Anthony Mancini '18 delivered a clutch fall at 3:59 to give six points to F&M and officially clinch the victory.
Additional dual highlights included a clutch 25-18 win against Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) opponent Sacred Heart on the road (Jan. 22). The Diplomats secured wins in five of the 10 matchups, registering two falls and a major decision.
With wins in eight of 10 bouts, including three straight to open the match, F&M retained the Rupp Cup for the seventh straight year with a 31-9 victory against Millersville on Feb. 16 for the Diplomats' final win of the season.
Tournament action had its share of exciting moments as 2016 NCAA DI Qualifier Antonio Pelusi '19 secured a total of five top-five tournament finishes and a pair of first-place titles throughout his redshirt season. Philip Robilotto '19 had four top-five performances and a first-place showing at the Messiah Open on Feb. 4, while Mancini opened the 2016-17 season with four-straight top-five tournament finishes that culminated with a Mat-Town Open Championship on Nov. 27.
A trio of Franklin & Marshall wrestlers earned a win in consolations at the 113th EIWA Championships on March 3-4 but were unable to advance to the consolation quarterfinals as the Diplomats fell just short of sending a competitor to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the last seven years.
Statistically, F&M's grapplers enjoyed tremendous success as three members of the team notched more than 20 wins. Mancini led the way with a 23-14 record, followed by Paddy Quinlan '18 at 22-18 and Robbie King '17 at 21-13. King wrapped up his career in Lancaster with a 73-62 overall record, which placed him 11th on the career wins list. Quinlan and Dan Martoccio ' 19 etched their names in the program record book as well, each tying for fifth on the season pins leader's list with nine.