LANCASTER, Pa. - Nine wins in 10 matches highlighted a dominant 35-4 Franklin & Marshall win over Davidson in non-conference wrestling action on Friday afternoon in Lancaster. It marked the team's largest margin of victory over an opponent since a 41-3 stomping of Millersville in February of 2014.
The Diplomats improved to 1-0 on the year after their opening dual-meet competition, while the Wildcats fell to 2-5.
F&M notched bonus points in four matches, beginning with Jose Diaz's 12-4 major at 125. The freshman grappler recorded three takedowns in the first period to roll to his first-career dual victory. A Davidson major at 133 tied the team score at 4-4, but it was all F&M from there as Paddy Quinlan's commanding 14-1 major at 141 began a string of eight straight Diplomat wins.
Cole Aaron led by a 12-2 score at 149 before his pin at 4:32 put F&M ahead at 14-4. Emmett LiCastri (157) and Jacob Conners (165) followed with 5-2, and 7-4 decisions, respectively, before freshman Chris Bolletino's 6-4 decision at 174 sealed the match for good.
Anthony Mancini took a 4-2 lead after the first period at 184 pounds with a takedown and near fall to hold on for a 5-2 decision. Philip Robilotto (197 pounds) registered the Diplomats second pin of the afternoon by turning his opponent at 4:38 and Antonio Pelusi (285 pounds) put the exclamation point on an F&M victory with a takedown in sudden victory for the 3-1 decision.
The Diplomats return to the mats tomorrow by hosting the seventh annual David H. Lehman F&M Open. The tournament begins at 9:00 a.m.
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.
F&M 35, Davidson 4
125: Jose Diaz (F&M) over Zamir Ode (DAVI) (MD 12-4)
133: Kyle Gorant (DAVI) over Mike Simonetti (F&M) (MD 12-3)
141: Paddy Quinlan (F&M) over Caleb Ziebell (DAVI) (MD 14-1)
149: Cole Aaron (F&M) over Will Baldwin (DAVI) (Fall 4:32)
157: Emmett LiCastri (F&M) over Tony Palumbo (DAVI) (Dec 5-2)
165: Jacob Conners (F&M) over Hunter Costa (DAVI) (Dec 7-4)
174: Chris Bolletino (F&M) over Noah Satterfield (DAVI) (Dec 6-4)
184: Anthony Mancini (F&M) over Conor Fenn (DAVI) (Dec 5-2)
197: Philip Robilotto (F&M) over Finaly Holston (DAVI) (Fall 4:38)
285: Antonio Pelusi (F&M) over Mitchell Trigg (DAVI) (SV-1 3-1)