LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall wrestling is set for its first competition of the new year when the Diplomats host the annual David H. Lehman F&M Open on Saturday. The tournament enters its sixth year and its fourth since being renamed in honor of the program's 1968 alumnus.
The Week Ahead
Saturday, Jan. 6 – David H. Lehman F&M Open – 9:00 AM
A Look at the David H. Lehman F&M Open: This year's Open takes place in the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center (ASFC) on the Franklin & Marshall College campus. The gym opens for fan entry at 8:00 a.m., with wrestling beginning at 9:00 a.m.
More than 300 participants from more than 20 programs across all divisions will be featured. Wrestlers from Columbia, Drexel, Harvard, Lehigh, Lock Haven, Princeton, and Penn. – among others – are expected to participate. A total of 10 mats will be utilized in the non-team scoring competition.
Coverage of the Open: For the first time in the history of the tournament, video coverage of every bout on every mat will be made available through Track Wrestling. Access for all live and archived matches of the 2018 David H. Lehman F&M Open is available for subscription at a one-time cost of $14.95.
Tickets: Tickets are available for purchase before the event at the cost of $10 for adults and $5 for students.
About the Open: In 2014, the program's annual tournament was renamed after prominent geologist David H. Lehman '68, whose $5 million gift endowed the Diplomats' NCAA Division I wrestling program for generations of student-athletes to come.
The gift, establishing the "David H. Lehman Endowed Wrestling Program Fund," fully endowed wrestling program operations, including funding for existing personnel, equipment, competitions, and ongoing recruitment of student-athletes.
To learn more about Lehman, click here.
To see which Diplomat wrestlers have placed at the tournament, click here.
Events Surrounding the Open: On Friday night (Jan. 5), the wrestling program will be hosting a social on campus, which will feature a coach's panel, made up of leaders from some of the nation's highest-profile programs. Speaking at the event will be Cary Kolat (head coach - Campbell University), Todd Beckerman (head coach – Brown University), Jay Weiss (head coach – Harvard University and 1990 graduate of F&M), as well as Diplomat head coach Mike Rogers.
A live stream of the panel, which is slated to begin at approximately 7:50 p.m., will be made available on the F&M wrestling Facebook page, found here.
For more information on the social and how to register, click here.
South Beach Duals Recap: 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. On Friday, F&M opened action with losses to EIWA-foe Binghamton (31-15), as well as Michigan St. (25-12). Saturday concluded competition with defeats from North Dakota St. (34-10) and No. 22 Rider (44-0).
Midlands Recap: Anthony Mancini (competing unattached) went 2-2 at last weekend's prestigious, 55th annual Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern. Mancini opened with a near upset of eventual 184-pound Midlands' Champion, Emery Parker of Illinois, but was dealt a 7-5 heartbreaking loss in the first sudden victory period.
Mancini responded in the wrestle backs with a pin of Harvard's Cole Bateman at 3:52 and a 3-2 decision win over South Dakota St.'s Brady Ayers, before seeing his tournament come to a close with a narrow 4-1 loss to Penn.'s Joe Heyob.
Wins Leaders: Antonio Pelusi, a 2016 NCAA Qualifier at 285 pounds, paces the Diplomats with a 10-4 record, including a 4-1 mark in duals. Freshman Brett Kulp (141 pounds) is 10-6 with a 4-2 dual-meet record while classmate Wil Gil (133 pounds) holds an impressive 10-9 record, including a 6-3 mark against EIWA foes, and has registered a team-leading four pins.
Anthony Mancini holds a 12-6 record this season, competing unattached at 184 pounds.