LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall wrestling will ring in the new year with several upcoming events, including the annual David H. Lehman F&M Open on Saturday, Jan. 5 that will cap off an action-packed weekend of wrestling on campus.
The tournament enters its seventh year and its fifth since being renamed in honor of the program's 1968 alumnus.
The Schedule Ahead
Dec. 29-30 - Midlands - 9:00 AM
Friday, Jan. 4 - vs. Davidson - 3:00 PM
Saturday, Jan. 5 - Lehman Open - 9:00 AM
Lehman Open Information
A Look at the Lehman 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. A total of 10 mats will be utilized in the non-team scoring competition.
Teams Competing: A contingent of wrestlers from Brown, Campbell, Davidson, Harvard, Maryland, Millersville, Navy, Princeton, and Sacred Heart, among others, are currently slated to compete at the Open.
Coverage of the Open: For the second straight year, video coverage of every bout on every mat will be made available through Track Wrestling. Access for all live and archived matches of the 2019 David H. Lehman F&M Open is available for subscription at a one-time cost of $16.95.
Tickets: Tickets are available for purchase before the event at the cost of $10 for adults and $5 for students.
NCAA Instagram Takeover: Members of the F&M wrestling team will be taking over the official NCAA Wrestling Instagram page on Friday, Jan. 4th. Be sure to follow the account here.
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
Friday, Jan. 4
F&M opens its dual season by taking on Davidson in Mayser Gym. These teams last squared off in the Pittsburgh Duals back in January 2017 with the Diplomats winning seven of 10 matchups in a 39-10 blowout win against the Wildcats. Video will be available for free at GoDiplomats.com/Live.
5:00 PM - Collegiate Networking Event - ASFC
The local chapter of Wrestlers in Business (WIBN) will be hosting a career fair on Friday evening for upperclassmen competing in the tournament.
6:00 PM - Lehman Open Reception - 1787 Room
F&M wrestling is kicking off the Lehman Open with a reception in the 1787 room on campus to help celebrate the sport of wrestling and the community it fosters. Former F&M head coach from 1980-1993, Mark Faller, who was inducted into the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in September, will be honored at the event and throughout the weekend.
In addition, a coaches panel from some of the nations highest profile programs will take place including the following:
Mark Faller- Former F&M Head Coach - 1980-93
Cary Kolat- Head Coach, Campbell University
Mike Rogers- Head Coach, Franklin & Marshall College
Jay Weiss '90- Head Coach, Harvard University
Friends of the program are encouraged to register for the event and must RSVP by December 21, 2018. For more information and to register, click here.
Saturday, Jan. 5
8:00 AM - ASFC opens for fan entry
6:30 PM - Anticipated end of Lehman Open
Last Time Out: The Diplomats placed six wrestlers, including Jose Diaz who secured first in the 125-pound bracket at the Bob Quade Cyclone Open, hosted by Centenary on Sunday, Dec. 2.
Diaz led the way with a perfect 4-0 mark that was capped off with a 10-9 decision over Army's Ryan Hetrick in the Championship match. Haraldo Nesbeth (141) opened with three straight pins en route to a second-place showing, while first-year Crew Fullerton also secured second place at 165 pounds with a 3-1 mark.
Record Book Watch: Antonio Pelusi enters the week with a 62-45 record for his career, which places 20th on F&M's all-time list. Paddy Quinlan (51-44) and Anthony Mancini (51-49) are tied for 30th. Rick Durso '16 leads the Diplomats with a 145-38 career mark.
Quinlan is 15th with 18 career pins. Justin Herbert '09 leads that category with 35.
EIWA Tickets: Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 EIWA Championships, which are hosted by Binghamton and are set to run from March 8-9.
Presale tickets are on sale now and run through Dec. 31. Buying an all-session pass before that deadline costs $70.00 and can be purchased here. Tickets for children 12 and under will cost $35 and are available by calling the Binghamton Events Center Ticket Office at 607-777-BTIX.
Following the presale date, all-session ticket prices increase by $5.00 each.