Pelusi Qualifies for NCAA Tournament; Leads Three Place Winners at EIWAs

Pelusi Qualifies for NCAA Tournament; Leads Three Place Winners at EIWAs

Final Brackets 

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Antonio Pelusi secured fourth place at the EIWA Tournament on Sunday, snagging one of the 285-pound bracket's four automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Tournament, and leading a group of three Franklin & Marshall grapplers to place at the Conference Championships.

In addition to Pelusi's remarkable 3-2 run, Wil Gil (141 pounds) went 4-2 at the Tournament to finish in fifth, while Paddy Quinlan (149 pounds) accumulated a 3-2 record to place seventh. 

Pelusi has now qualified for three NCAA Tournaments in his illustrious career, the most ever by an F&M heavyweight. His fourth-place showing at the EIWAs marked the highest-finish for a Diplomat heavyweight at the Tournament since Bob Bickelman claimed third in 1976. He also became the program's first heavyweight to place at three EIWA Championships after he took fifth in both 2016 and 2018. 

F&M placed 12th out of 16 teams in the standings with 31 total points, the best finish for the Diplomats since 2016. Lehigh won the Team Title with 153 points, followed by Cornell in second (139) and Princeton in third (122.5). 

The remaining 44 NCAA at-large qualifiers will be publicized on Tuesday, March 12th, while brackets and seeding for the NCAA Tournament will be announced on NCAA.com at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13th

Pelusi - Day 2

Following a tough 8-3 loss against Brown's Ian Butterbrodt (No. 6 seed) in the Championship Semifinals, Pelusi responded with a clutch 3-1 decision over Binghamton's Joe Doyle to clinch the automatic qualifier. Tied at 1-1, at the end of the third period, Pelusi secured the victory with a takedown in the first sudden victory stanza. 

Pelusi faced a rematch with Drexel's No. 2 seeded Joey Goodhart in the battle for third place - an opponent that Pelusi downed by a thrilling 3-2 SV2 score on Friday. However, Pelusi came up just short in Saturday's rematch, falling by a 4-2 decision score. Goodhart recorded a first-period takedown and clinched the match with a third-period escape and the riding time point. 

Gil - Day 2 

Gil rolled to a 6-3 decision over the country's No. 30 ranked 141-pounder and the No. 4 seed in the bracket Jack Mutchnik of American to start off day two. Tied at 2-2 in the third, Gil registered the win with a reversal and a takedown in the final frame for the 6-3 victory. 

Following a hard-fought 11-6 loss to Army's Joe Shie (No. 26 in the nation), Gil concluded his Tournament on a high note with a thrilling 9-8 decision against Lehigh's Ryan Pomrinca (No. 33 in nation, No. 3 seed) to claim fifth.

Gil's two first-period takedowns gave him the early edge, but Pomrinca forced overtime with a third-period escape and a riding time point. In the tiebreaker round, Gil notched a key takedown with just six seconds remaining to seal the match. 

Quinlan - Day 2

Quinlan opened day two by suffering a third-period pin at 6:26 against American's No. 5 seeded Michael Sprague, but was resilient with an 8-5 decision win against Harvard's Brock Wilson (No. 10 seed) to take seventh place at the Championships. 

Against Wilson, Quinlan recorded two takedowns and a pair of reversals. 

141 Pounds - No. 8 Seed - Wil Gil (4-2) - 5th Place
Day 1
W - 15-3 Major - No. 9 Seed - Theo Powers (Brown)
L - 18-3 Tech. Fall - No. 1 Seed - Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell)
W - 16-9 Decision - No. 10 Seed - A.J. Vindici (Penn)
Day 2
W - 6-3 Decision - No. 4 Seed - Jack Mutchnik (American)
L - 11-6 Decision - No. 6 Seed - Corey Shie (Army)
W - 9-8 Decision (TB2) - No. 3 Seed - Ryan Pomrinca (Lehigh)

149 Pounds - Paddy Quinlan (3-2) - 7th Place
Day 1
L - 17-2 Tech. Fall - No. 1 Seed - Matt Kolodzik (Princeton)
W - Fall (1:12) - No. 8 Seed - Cole Corrigan (Columbia)
W - 4-1 Decision - No. 7 Seed - Jonathan Furnas (Cornell)
Day 2
L - Fall (6:26) - No. 5 Seed - Michael Sprague (American)
W - 8-5 Decision - No. 10 Seed - Brock Wilson (Harvard)

285 Pounds - No. 7 Seed - Antonio Pelusi (3-2) - 4th Place
Day 1
W - 4-3 Decision (TB-2) - No. 10 Seed - Thomas Ott (Navy)
W - 3-2 Decision (SV-2) - No. 2 Seed - Joey Goodhart (Drexel)
Day 2
L - 8-3 Decision - No. 6 Seed - Ian Butterbrodt (Brown)
W - 3-1 Decision - No. 9 Seed - Joe Doyle (Binghamton)
L 4-2 Decision - No. 2 Seed - Joey Goodhart (Drexel)