F&M at Millersville
Wednesday, Feb. 13 | 7:00 PM
Millersville, Pa. | Pucillo Center
Series Record: MU leads 11-15
Streak: F&M +8
First Meeting: 1993
Last F&M Win: 24-15, Feb.15, 2018
Last MU Win: 29-16, Feb. 19, 2010
Series Record: F&M leads 26-25
Streak: Penn. +9
First Meeting: Feb. 12, 1924
Last F&M Win: 31-5, Jan. 19, 1991
Last Penn. Win: 31-16, Jan. 27, 2018
Franklin & Marshall (3-5, 0-8 EIWA) embarks on the final week of the regular season with a pair of duals on the schedule. On Wednesday, the Diplomats head across town for annual Battle of the Rupp Cup against Millersville, while Penn. heads to Mayser on Sunday night for an EIWA clash.
NCAA Coaches' Rankings
F&M 285-pounder Antonio Pelusi ranks at No. 32 in the first NCAA Division I Wrestling Coaches' Panel Rankings of the 2018-19 season. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which are set to be held on March 21-23 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
The second set of rankings are set to be released this Thursday and will be available here.
VMI Dual Recap
Wins in each of the first six bouts carried F&M to a 33-8 thrashing of VMI on Friday evening in the Mayser Center. Recap.
To watch video highlights of the VMI win, click here.
Bloomsburg/George Mason Dual Recap
The Diplomats suffered a pair of losses on Saturday night in Mayser, dropping a 38-3 competition against Bloomsburg before capping off the doubleheader with a 36-10 setback against George Mason. Recap.
The Marauders enter Wednesday's matchup with a 3-8 overall record but are fresh off a 27-15 win over Shippensburg on Saturday. Millersville is led by 165-pounder Shane Ruhnke, who is ranked No. 3 in the nation for Division II and finished second at the Dave Lehman F&M Open in January.
Rupp Cup History
The Diplomats and the Marauders meet annually for the battle of the Rupp Cup in honor of Lancaster County's wrestling patriarch, Ted Rupp. A student at the Franklin & Marshall Academy and Franklin & Marshall College, Rupp maintained strong ties to both his alma mater and Millersville University. In 1948-49, Rupp coached both Millersville and F&M, finishing with a 20-2 combined record.
That is believed to have been the only time in collegiate wrestling history when one man coached two colleges concurrently. In honor of his distinguished service to both institutions, the Rupp Cup is now awarded to the winner of the annual meeting.
For more information on the history of this rivalry, click here.
The Quakers enter the week at 3-7 overall with a 2-2 mark in EIWA competition. Key wins include a 26-6 triumph over Maryland on Dec. 2, as well as victories against Brown (18-16) and Harvard (35-6). Penn. is led by its lone ranked grappler, 149-pounder Anthony Artalona (No. 15).
Record Book Watch
Antonio Pelusi enters the week with an 80-50 record for his career, which places eighth on F&M's all-time list. Paddy Quinlan (65-52) continues to move up the ranks as well and now sits in 17th, while Anthony Mancini (56-54) places 27th. Rick Durso '16 leads the Diplomats with a 145-38 career mark.
Quinlan is 10th all-time with 22 career pins. Justin Herbert '09 tops that category with 35.
Wil Gil (25-10) paces the Diplomats in wins, followed by Antonio Pelusi (22-6). Emmett LiCastri (19-11) and Philip Robilotto (19-11) are close behind, while Paddy Quinlan (16-11) and Cole Aaron (10-10) also reached double-digits for F&M.
P. Robilotto leads the team in falls with seven. Pelusi, LiCastri, and Quinlan are next with five each.
To view complete statistics, click here.
The Diplomats' dominant 35-4 dual win over Davidson on Jan. 4 marked the team's largest margin of victory over an opponent since a 41-3 stomping of Millersville in February of 2014.
Historic Showing at Lehman Open
Four Diplomat wrestlers placed at the David H. Lehman F&M Open on Jan. 5 - 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.
Thursday, Feb. 14 – second release of NCAA coaches' rank/RPI
Thursday, Feb. 28 – conference allocations for NCAA championships, third release of NCAA coaches' rank/RPI
Tuesday, March 12 – Release the 330 qualifiers for the Division I Wrestling Championships
Wednesday, March 13 – 6:00 PM - NCAA.com selection show that reveals seeding and brackets for championships
Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 EIWA Championships, which are hosted by Binghamton and are set to run from March 8-9.
An all-session pass costs $75.00 and can be purchased here. Tickets for children 12 and under will cost $40 and are available by calling the Binghamton Events Center Ticket Office at 607-777-BTIX.