LANCASTER, Pa. – Antonio Pelusi secured the highest finish ever for a Franklin & Marshall wrestler at the David H. Lehman F&M Open with a second-place finish at 285 pounds to lead a group of Diplomat competitors on Saturday afternoon in Lancaster.
Competing unattached, Paddy Quinlan (141 pounds) also found success for F&M by taking third – good for his career-best performance at the tournament and the fourth straight year he placed in the top five.
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Pelusi, who entered the tournament with a four-bout winning streak, continued to roll with three-consecutive decisions to open action. After advancing by forfeit in the semifinals, Pelusi suffered a first-period takedown by 2016 NCAA Qualifier Jeramy Sweany from Cornell en route to a narrow 4-2 defeat in the battle for first place.
Quinlan sprinted out of the gate with a pin at 1:29 in his opening match, before reaching the semifinals with a 10-9 decision and a dominant 17-3 major. After a loss to eventual champion A.J. Jaffe from Harvard, Quinlan triumphed over Brown's James Pawelski with a 9-5 decision to secure third place.
Additional highlights from Saturday are below:
- Mike Simonetti started his tournament strong with a 9-3 decision win over Davidson's Michael McClelland in the championship bracket before dropping his next two bouts.
- Edgar Garcia was upended in his opening match but bounced back with a hard-fought 4-3 decision in the wrestle backs.
- Wil Gil registered a pair of decisions in the consolation bracket, including a 7-5 win in the first sudden victory period against Binghamton's Dane Heberlein.
- Brett Kulp won his first match by a 5-2 decision score and added two decision wins in the wrestle backs to eventually finish with a 3-2 record.
- Emmett LiCastri won each of his first three contests, including an opening-minute pin, to cruise into the quarterfinals. However, he fell in his next two matchups to wrap up action with a 3-2 mark.
- Dylan Gumaer earned a pair of victories in the 165-pound consolation bracket, including a 3-1 decision in the opening sudden victory period over Sacred Heart's Chris Zaccaria.
- Jimmy Stillerman began his competition with a 5-4 decision in the opening sudden victory period and added a 7-3 and 3-2 decisions in the consolations on his way to a 3-2 overall record.
- Josh Young earned a first-period pin at 2:14 in the consolation round and followed with three straight decisions to reach the consolations semifinals. He produced a solid 5-1 record at the tournament.
- Competing unattached, Anthony Mancini rattled off two straight major decisions in the championship bracket before dropping down to the wrestle backs. He responded with another 13-4 major before he was pinned in his next match.
- Corey Kerkesner downed Binghamton's Jacob Peru with a 6-3 decision in the championship bracket but came up short in his next two contests.
- Parker Fox also won his opening match after edging Harvard's Angus Cowell by a 5-2 score in the second overtime period. The freshman grappler also added a 4-2 decision in the wrestle backs and finished with a 2-2 mark in the tournament.