PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Philip Robilotto led Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team with a fifth-placing showing at Sunday's Keystone Classic, hosted by Penn. in the historic Palestra.
The Diplomats accumulated 26 team points on the day to finish in ninth out of 10 competing teams. Defending National-Champion Penn State rolled to the team title.
Robilotto fought back from a narrow 2-0 decision loss in his opening bout to register two-straight, first-period pins in the 197-pound consolation bracket. In the battle for fifth place, Robiltto recorded his third pin of the tournament with a fall over Penn.'s Greg Bensley in the second period (4:44).
The fifth-place finish was the second in a row for Robilotto who also placed fifth at last weekend's Bearcat Open, hosted by Binghamton.
Additional highlights from Sunday are below.
Jose Diaz battled back from a decision loss in the 125-pound championship bracket with a 5-3 sudden victory win over VMI's Derek Shockey in the wrestle backs. Diaz fought back from a 3-0 deficit with an escape and a final minute takedown in the third to force an extra period.
Wil Gil rolled in his opening two bouts with a pair of major decisions to reach the 149-pound Quarterfinals. His second contest against Harvard's Robert Groves included six takedowns in a commanding 14-4 major decision.
Cole Aaron responded from an opening-round loss to secure two consecutive victories in consolations. He opened wrestle backs with a first-period pin at 2:05 against Sacred Heart's Shaun Williams.
Chris Martorello also represented the Diplomats at 149 with an 11-3 wrestle back win over Duke's Anthony DeMartino.
Emmett LiCastri took down Penn.'s Jon Errico with a 7-4 decision in his first match of the tournament. Falling behind by a 2-0 score in the first period, LiCastri responded with a takedown and a pair of nearfall points in the second to pull in front for good.
First-year Crew Fullerton impressed in his first championship match of the day with a 15-3 major decision win over Penn.'s Josh Swanson. He collected six nearfall points in the third stanza to cruise to the win.
Jimmy Stillerman advanced to the Consolation Round of Four at 184 pounds with a 3-1 sudden victory decision against teammate Reid Robilotto. The pair of Diplomats battled throughout but Stillerman came away with the win off a last-second takedown in the fourth period.
F&M returns to the mats on Dec. 29-30 when the Diplomats will send wrestlers out to Northwestern to compete in the prestigious Midlands Tournament.