AKRON, Ohio – Jimmy Stillerman led a contingent of 10 Franklin & Marshall wrestlers at this past weekend's U23 World Team Trials in Akron, Ohio, finishing as the runner-up in the Greco-Roman 87 kg bracket. He was F&M's first-ever runner-up finisher at the Trials.
Stillerman's performance granted him recognition as a first alternate for the United States, which will head to Romania for the World Championships in November. Each bracket winner earned a spot on the U23 World Team.
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Notable finishes from the Diplomats' grapplers can be found below:
87 Kg. (Greco Roman) – Jimmy Stillerman (2-1 – 2nd Place)
- Stillerman placed second out of 16 competitors in the bracket, reaching the finals with wins of 6-2 and 10-0 in his opening two matches.
- The finals featured a best-of-three series with Stillerman dropping two tightly-contested matches against George Sikes by scores of 2-0 and 5-1.
92 Kg. (Freestyle) – Anthony Mancini (3-2 – Top-12)
- Mancini was a match away from qualifying for the U23 World Team. He stormed out of the gate with a dominant 15-5 win in his opening match of the bracket's championship round before falling down to consolations.
- He reached the consolation round of eight with two straight wins before bowing out with a 10-0 defeat.
74 Kg. (Freestyle) – Emmett LiCastri (3-2)
- LiCastri rolled to three consecutive victories in the championship round of his bracket, reaching the round of 32 with a dominant 11-4 win over Blake Montrie.
- His run came to a close with a tough 14-4 loss against Wisconsin's Evan Wick, who secured third at the 2018 NCAA Championships in March.