F&M Concludes Action at South Beach Duals

F&M Concludes Action at South Beach Duals

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Franklin & Marshall's DI wrestling team concluded competition at the South Beach Duals on Saturday afternoon, falling short to North Dakota St. by a 34-10 score before dropping a 44-0 contest against No. 22 Rider in the final matchup of the weekend.

The Diplomats battled some of the nation's toughest teams at the unique, first-ever event in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but were unable to bring home a win in four duals and now hold a 1-5 record on the year. Antonio Pelusi (285 pounds) went 3-0 through two days, while Josh Young (174 pounds) was 2-1.

Complete results from the South Beach Duals is available by clicking here

In F&M's opening dual of the day, the Diplomats secured three wins against a North Dakota St. team that received votes in the latest USA Today/NWCA Coaches Poll. Brett Kulp continued his strong start to the year at 141 pounds, delivering bonus points to F&M with a dominant 14-1 major decision win over McGwire Midkiff. 

Josh Young was also victorious at 174 pounds after edging his opponent by a 4-3 decision score, while Antonio Pelusi secured his third win of the weekend with a 3-2 decision over the Bison's Daniel Stribal to conclude the match at 285 pounds. 

Later in the day against No. 22 Rider, the Diplomats fell by bonus points in each of the first three matchups. Sam Butler put forth a strong effort at 149 pounds but was upended by a 6-1 tally, while Corey Kerkesner suffered a loss by the same 6-1 decision score at 285 pounds.    

F&M is set to return to action on Saturday, Jan. 6 when the Diplomats host the annual David. H. Lehman F&M Open. Located at the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center (ASFC), the event is slated to begin at 9:00 a.m.

North Dakota St. 34, F&M 10
125: Paul Bianchi (NDSU) over Edgar Garcia (F&M) (Major 12-3)
133: Cam Sykora (NDSU) over Dan Martoccio (F&M) (Tech. Fall 19-3)
141: Brett Kulp (F&M) over McGwire Midkiff (NDSU) (Major 14-1)
149: Kyle Gliva (NDSU) over Wil Gil (F&M) (Dec 11-5)
157: Clayton Ream (NDSU) over Emmett LiCastri (F&M) (Fall 6:40)
165: Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) over Jacob Conners (F&M) (Fall 1:50)
174: Josh Young (F&M) over Charley Popp (NDSU) (Dec 4-3)
184: Nick Knutson (NDSU) over Steven Mercadante (F&M) (Tech. Fall 15-0)
197: Cordell Eaton (NDSU) over Reid Robilotto (F&M) (Tech. Fall 21-6)
285: Antonio Pelusi (F&M) over Daniel Stibral (NDSU) (Dec 3-2)

No. 22 Rider 44, F&M 0
125: J.R. Wert (Rider) over Mike Simonetti (F&M) (Tech. Fall 18-2)
133: Anthony Cefolo (Rider) over Dan Martoccio (F&M) (Major 11-2)
141: Tyson Dippery (Rider) over Brett Kulp (F&M) (Major 14-2)
149: Gary Dinmore (Rider) over Sam Butler (F&M) (Dec 6-1)
157: B.J. Clagon (Rider) over Emmett LiCastri (F&M) (Fall 2:46)
165: Chad Walsh (Rider) over Dylan Gumaer (F&M) (Tech. Fall 21-3)
174: Sean Sherry (Rider) over Jimmy Stillerman (F&M) (Fall 2:40)
184: Mike Fagg-Daves (Rider) over Steven Mercadante (F&M) (Major 15-7)
197: Ethan Laird (Rider) over Reid Robilotto (F&M) (Major 14-3)
285: Ryan Cloud (Rider) over Corey Kerkesner (F&M) (Dec 6-1)