LANCASTER, Pa. - Four Franklin & Marshall wrestlers placed at Saturday's seventh annual David H. Lehman F&M Open, the most ever for the Diplomats at their home tournament. Paddy Quinlan (141) and Antonio Pelusi (285) led the way with second-place showings while Wil Gil claimed sixth at 141 and Emmett LiCastri secured fourth at 157.
Quinlan entered as the bracket's No. 3 seed and rolled into the finals with four straight wins, including a 2:53-minute pin over No. 2 seed Marshall Keeler of Princeton in the Semifinals. Pelusi was equally as impressive at 285 by winning each of his first four bouts - reaching the finals with a 7-3 decision over Pittsburgh's Zach Bruce.
LiCastri pinned his opening two opponents at 157 and followed with a 20-1 tech. fall against Lock Haven's Austin Wilson to earn a spot in the Semifinals. Falling short of first place by a 13-6 decision against the bracket's top seed, LiCastri narrowly missed out on third with a 7-6 loss to Drexel's Evan Barczak in the wrestle backs.
Gil went 5-1 overall for the tournament, reaching the 141-pound Quarterfinals. He won a pair of bouts in the consolation bracket, including a 20-4 tech. fall over Virginia Tech.'s Dom Latona.
Additional highlights from Saturday are below.
Jose Diaz advanced into the quarterfinals with an 11-7 win in the 125-pound championship bracket but was pinned in his next match.
Noah Chan finished with a 2-2 mark, including a dominant 17-4 major decision over Virginia Tech.'s Jake Hart in the wrestle backs.
A pair of lopsided wins highlighted Jacob Conners' afternoon as the 165-pounder finished at 2-2. He recorded an 18-3 tech. fall in the championship bracket and a 12-0 major in consolations. Crew Fullerton registered a 3-2 record with all of his wins occurring in the consolation bracket.
Reid Robilotto pinned Harvard's Pierce Bausano at 1:21 of the first period in a wrestle-back matchup.
Competing unattached, Parker Fox overcame Millersville's Caleb Warner with a 6-1 decision in the second round of the Championship bracket.
Durso Dominant in Return
F&M's all-time win's leader and 2014 All-American Rick Durso '16 competed in the open tournament at 165 pounds. He went 6-0 and dominated throughout, securing tech fall wins in four of his bouts, including each of his opening three to claim the title.
Action continues on Saturday when the Diplomats travel to the St. Christopher's School in Richmond, Va. to take on Gardner-Webb at noon and Campbell at 2:00 p.m.