NEW YORK, N.Y. – Franklin & Marshall is set to compete at this weekend's Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) DI Championships, hosted by Hofstra on Saturday and Sunday.
The Diplomats are aiming to automatically qualify members of their team for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016, when Rick Durso (141 pounds) and Antonio Pelusi (285 pounds) punched their tickets to Madison Square Garden.
EIWA Tournament Schedule
Saturday, March 3
- 11:00 AM: Championship First Round
- 2:15 PM: First Round Consolations
- 6:00 PM: Championship Quarterfinals
- 7:30 PM: Consolation Quarterfinals
Sunday, March 4
- 10:00 AM: Semifinals
- 11:45 AM: Consolation Semifinals
- 12:35 PM: 7th-Place Matches
- 3:00 PM: Finals
A Look at the EIWA's: This year's 114th EIWA Championships are being hosted by Hofstra University at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex in New York. F&M has found success at the tournament throughout its illustrious history, producing 104 place winners and 10 EIWA Champions.
Cornell has won 11 consecutive team titles but will be challenged by Lehigh, who has claimed seven runner-up spots during the Big Red's steak.
For a complete preview of each weight class, click here.
EIWA Brackets: Tournament seeds and brackets will be announced following the seeding meeting, which is set to take place Friday night, and will be available here.
For complete preseeds, click here.
Projected F&M Lineup
125: Edgar Garcia (8-11, 5-8 EIWA) | Note: Third EIWA appearance
133: Dan Martoccio (6-14, 3-9) | Note: Second EIWA appearance
141: Brett Kulp (18-12, 11-8 EIWA) | Note: First EIWA appearance
149: Wil Gil (18-15, 11-9 EIWA) | Note: First EIWA appearance
157: Emmett LiCastri (10-18, 6-12 EIWA) | Note: Second EIWA appearance
165: Jacob Conners (5-15, 2-5 EIWA) | Note: First EIWA appearance
174: Josh Young (15-12, 7-10 EIWA) | Note: First EIWA appearance
184: Steven Mercadante (2-20, 1-14 EIWA) | Note: First EIWA appearance
197: Philip Robilotto (9-8, 3-4 EIWA) | Note: First EIWA appearance
285: No. 31 Antonio Pelusi (20-6, 11-5 EIWA) | Note: Qualified for 2016 NCAA Tournament after placing 5th at EIWAs
DI Qualifier Allocations: The NCAA announced the automatic qualifier allocations for the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, with the EIWA receiving a total of 47 spots, second only to the Big Ten with 80.
To view the breakdown of total automatic qualifiers by conference, click here.
EIWA Allocations: 125 (1), 133 (3), 141 (4), 149 (5), 157 (6), 165 (6), 174 (5), 184 (7), 197 (6), 285 (5).
At-Large Announcement: After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 47 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on Tuesday, March 6.
At-Large Selection Eligibility (Bronze Standard): Must meet two of the criteria.
- Top 33 Coaches Ranking
- Top 33 RPI Ranking
- 700 Overall Winning Percentage
- 700 Division I Winning Percentage at the Weight Class
- Qualifying event placement one below AQ
- One win against a wrestler receiving AQ via an earned position (pre-allocated)
Last Year's EIWAs: A trio of F&M grapplers earned consolations wins but were unable to advance into the final day's consolation quarterfinals at the 2017 EIWA Championships, hosted by Bucknell.
Robbie King (165 pounds) came the closest of any F&M wrestler to earning a Championship bracket win, giving the No. 8 seed Drew Daniels of Navy all he could handle in the Round of 16 match. Each grappler earned an escape point with the match being decided on riding time at 2-1.
Anthony Mancini (184 pounds) picked up a narrow 5-4 win against Lehigh's Kyle Gentile, who was ranked No. 30 in the country before being eliminated in his next match.
To view the complete results, click here.
Rolling into the Tournament: F&M finished its dual season strong with three-straight wins to roll into the EIWA Tournament with some momentum on the Diplomats' side.
In the final week of competition, F&M downed Millersville by a 24-15 score to retain the Rupp Cup for the eighth-consecutive season. Dual meet action wrapped up on Feb. 17 when F&M won seven out of 10 bouts to upend Sacred Heart by a 37-11 tally.
Pelusi continues to be represented in the Rating Percentage Index (RPI) rankings at No. 33, which factors winning percentage, opponent winning percentage and opponents' opponent winning percentage. To view the complete RPI standings, click here.
Wrestlers in each weight class will be measured by winning percentage, RPI and coaches' rankings to earn spots in their qualifying tournaments for the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which are held on March 15-17 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Video For EIWAs (Subscription Required): Every match of the tournament will be available for viewing. Flowrestling, as part of its Flo Pro live streaming programming, is producing the live streams in their entirety.
For those not already subscribed to the Flo Pro service, a monthly subscription costs $12.50, and a yearly subscription costs $150.00. To sign up, click here.
Get Your Tickets: Fans can still get their tickets for both the EIWA Championships and the NCAA Championships. The NCAA's will take place at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on March 15-17.
Lehman Enters the Hall: Former Franklin & Marshall grappler David H. Lehman '68 was announced for induction into the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a recipient of the "Outstanding American" Award – reserved for individuals who were wrestlers but also achieved excellence in another walk of life.
Lehman will officially be inducted into the chapter during a "Hall of Fame Day" celebration at the Hershey Lodge on Sunday, April 29, 2018.
Tickets for the banquet, which begins with a social at 12:00 p.m., cost $55 per person and can be purchased online by clicking here.
Faller Gets the Nod: Mark Faller, who coached F&M's wrestling team to 125 wins from 1981-93, was announced as an inductee into The National Wrestling Hall of Fame of the Upstate New York State Chapter as a member of the 2018 class.
For more information, click here.
Wins Leaders: Antonio Pelusi, a 2016 NCAA Qualifier at 285 pounds, paces the Diplomats with a 20-6 record, including a 10-2 mark in duals.
Freshman Brett Kulp (141 pounds) is 18-12 with a 9-6 dual-meet record while classmate Wil Gil (141/149 pounds) has garnered a 18-15 record, and has registered a team-leading five pins. Josh Young is 15-12 during his senior year and has won six of his previous seven bouts.
To view complete statistics for all of F&M's wrestlers, click here.