BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Franklin & Marshall is set to compete at this weekend's Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) DI Championships, hosted by Binghamton on Friday and Saturday.
The Diplomats enter the Tournament with the goal of automatically qualifying members of their team for the NCAA Championships for the second straight year. F&M will be led by two-time NCAA Qualifier Antonio Pelusi (285 pounds) who claimed fifth at last year's EIWAs.
EIWA Tournament Schedule
Friday, March 8
11:00 AM: Championship First Round
2:15 PM: First Round Consolations
6:00 PM: Championship Quarterfinals
7:30 PM: Consolation Quarterfinals
Saturday, March 9
10:00 AM: Semifinals
11:45 AM: Consolation Semifinals
12:35 PM: 7th-Place Matches
3:00 PM: Finals
The Links You Need
A Look at the EIWA's
This year's 115th EIWA Championships are being hosted by Binghamton University at the Binghamton University Events Center in New York. F&M has found success at the tournament throughout its illustrious history, producing 105 place winners and 10 EIWA Champions.
A complete breakdown of each weight class can be found here.
Lehigh broke up Cornell's run of 11 consecutive team titles last year with its first Championship since 2006 and the program's 35thoverall Title.
Tournament seeds and brackets will be announced following the seeding meeting, which is set to take place on Thursday evening and will be available here.
2019 EIWA Consensus Preseeds
Projected F&M Lineup
125: Jose Diaz (12-13, 4-6 EIWA) | Note: First EIWA appearance
133: Mike Simonetti (6-16, 2-10 EIWA) | Note: First EIWA appearance
141: Wil Gil (25-10, 6-1 EIWA) | Note: Second EIWA appearance
149: Paddy Quinlan (17-12, 5-6 EIWA) | Note: Third EIWA appearance
157: Emmett LiCastri (19-11, 5-1 EIWA) | Note: Third EIWA appearance
165: Crew Fullerton (10-17, 3-13 EIWA) | Note: First EIWA appearance
174: Jacob Conners (6-16, 2-10 EIWA) | Note: Second EIWA appearance
184: Reid Robilotto (3-16, 1-9 EIWA) | Note: First EIWA appearance
197: Philip Robilotto (19-12, 7-5 EIWA) | Note: Second EIWA appearance
285: Antonio Pelusi (20-6, 11-5 EIWA) | Note: Two-time EIWA Place winner, Two-time NCAA Qualifier
To view a video preview of the Diplomats' lineup, click here.
NCAA DI Qualifier Allocations
The NCAA announced the automatic qualifier allocations for the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, with the EIWA receiving a total of 47 spots, third only to the Big Ten (78) and Big 12 (53).
To view the breakdown of total automatic qualifiers by conference, click here.
125 (4), 133 (4), 141 (3), 149 (5), 157 (6), 165 (4), 174 (5), 184 (6), 197 (6), 285 (4).
After all of the qualifying events have concluded, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Committee will meet in-person to select the remaining 44 at-large qualifiers, which will be announced on Tuesday, March 12, while brackets and seeding will be announced on NCAA.com at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13.
At-Large Selection Eligibility (Bronze Standard): Must meet two of the criteria.
- Top 33 Coaches Ranking
- Top 33 RPI Ranking
- .700 Overall Winning Percentage
- .700 Division I Winning Percentage at the Weight Class
- Qualifying event placement one below AQ
- One win against a wrestler receiving AQ via an earned position (pre-allocated)
Last Year's EIWAs
Antonio Pelusi went 4-2 at the 2018 EIWA Championships to claim fifth-place in the 285-pound bracket and punch his ticket to the NCAA Tournament. F&M finished with 17.5 team points to place 15th out of 16 teams. Overall, Pelusi was one of four Diplomats to secure a win during the EIWA Championships with Brett Kulp (141 pounds), Emmett LiCastri (157 pounds) and Josh Young (174 pounds) all claiming consolation-round wins on Saturday. Recap.
Video for EIWAs (Subscription Required)
Every match of the tournament will be available for viewing. Flowrestling, as part of its Flo Pro live streaming programming, is producing the live streams in their entirety.
For those not already subscribed to the Flo Pro service, a monthly subscription costs $12.50, and a yearly subscription costs $150.00. To sign up, click here.
Get Your Tickets
Fans can still get their tickets for both the EIWA Championships and the NCAA Championships. The NCAA's will take place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on March 21-23.
Record Book Watch
Antonio Pelusi enters the week with an 82-50 record for his career, which places sixth on F&M's all-time list. Paddy Quinlan (66-53) 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 (24-6). Philip Robilotto (20-12) and Emmett LiCastri (19-11) are close behind, while Paddy Quinlan (17-12), Cole Aaron (11-11), and Crew Fullerton (10-18) have also reached double-digits for F&M. To view up-to-date season statistics, click here.
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.