Diplomats Battle Penn in Dual Meet Finale

Diplomats Battle Penn in Dual Meet Finale

LANCASTER, Pa. -  Franklin & Marshall's wrestling team wrapped up the 2018-19 dual meet season with a hard-fought 30-6 loss against EIWA-opponent Penn. on Sunday night in Mayser. 

The Diplomats closed out the year with a 3-10, 0-6 EIWA record while the Quakers improved to 5-8, 3-3 EIWA.

Sunday's match opened at 149 pounds as the Diplomats Paddy Quinlan gave the nation's No. 15 grappler Anthony Artalona all he could handle. A first-period takedown put Quinlan in front by a 2-1 score after the first frame, but Artalona followed with takedowns in the second and third periods to edged out Quinlan with a 9-6 decision. 

The Quakers rolled from there with back-to-back majors to take an 11-0 lead before a Penn decision win at 174 pounds followed by an F&M forfeit at 184 put the Diplomats in a 20-0 hole. 

Philip Robilotto got F&M on the board with a dominant 9-3 win victory at 197 pounds. Robilotto stormed out of the gates with a takedown and six near fall points in the first period. 

Two-time NCAA Qualifier Antonio Pelusi kept the momentum on F&M's side with a thrilling 3-2 win at 285 pounds. Knotted at 1-1 and with just 14 seconds remaining in the third period, Pelusi claimed the victory with a  late takedown.

Penn secured wins in the final three bouts. Haroldo Nesbeth nearly pulled out a come-from-behind victory at 141 pounds, registering a late reversal to knot his contest but came up short due to riding time at 7-6. 

F&M is set to return to action on Friday, March 8 for day one of the EIWA Championships, hosted by Binghamton. Session one is set for an 11:00 a.m. start.

Penn 30, Franklin & Marshall 6
149: Anthony Artalona (PENN) over Patrick Quinlan (F&M) (Dec 9-6)
157: Joe Oliva (PENN) over Cole Aaron (F&M) (MD 10-1)
165: Evan DeLuise (PENN) over Crew Fullerton (F&M) (MD 10-2)
174: Jake Hendricks (PENN) over Jacob Conners (F&M) (Dec 5-3)
184: Robert Ng (PENN) over (F&M) (For.)
197: Philip Robilotto (F&M) over Greg Bensley (PENN) (Dec 9-3)
285: Antonio Pelusi (F&M) over Ben Goldin (PENN) (Dec 3-2)
125: Carmen Ferrante (PENN) over Jose Diaz (F&M) (MD 16-5)
133: Tristin DeVincenzo (PENN) over Michael Simonetti (F&M) (Dec 8-3)
141: Doug Zapf (PENN) over Haroldo Nesbeth (F&M) (Dec 7-6)