GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall wrestling team put together a dominant 44-6 victory on Wednesday night at Gettysburg. The Diplomats (5-1) dropped only one bout by injury default while racking up a 100-20 advantage in match points in addition to a pair of forfeit victories. Those final totals included a 25-2 advantage in takedowns, plus 36 back points scored versus the Bullets who got all but five of their match points on escapes.
The Diplomats went ahead early as Gettysburg was forced to forfeit both 125 and 133 lbs. due to injuries in the lineup. Gio Diaz and Pat Phillips took those victories as F&M went ahead 12-0 before even wrestling a match.
Wil Gil (141 lbs.) was the first contested match of the evening and he set the tone with a 19-2 technical fall in just 5:00 of action. The senior scored four takedowns and racked up 10 back points, running his season record to 18-5. Gil's technical fall was one of three such victories for F&M as Chase McCollum and James Conway also had tech falls. McCollum (157 lbs.) needed just 11 seconds during the third period to wrap up his 16-0 victory which included 12 back points during the second period. Conway improved to 15-9 in his rookie campaign following a 23-5 victory in 5:20 at 184 lbs. The F&M first-year has now won a season-best four straight matches after registering seven takedowns on Wednesday night.
Franklin & Marshall got bonus points in eight of its victories as Cristiaan Dailey (149 lbs.) and John Crawford (174 lbs.) added major decisions. Dailey was a 14-3 winner behind four takedowns and a set of four near fall at the end of his first period. Crawford won 11-2 as he secured four takedowns. F&M added a decision at 197 lbs. with Mike Waszen racking up four more takedowns in addition to four near fall points during a 15-8 win.
The Diplomats capped the night in style as Cenzo Pelusi pinned his opponent in just 1:58. Pelusi's third pin this season ties him for the team lead with Conway and Crew Fullerton. The senior's record is now 9-5 as six of those nine victories have come by bonus points. After a his huge weekend at the Army Round Robin, F&M's only defeat came at 165 lbs. where Fullerton injury defaulted out of the match just 1:11 into the first period.
The Diplomats will be back on the road this Sunday as the team travels to Sacred Heart for a 12 p.m. EIWA dual.
Franklin & Marshall 44, Gettysburg 6
125: Gio Diaz (F&M) won by forfeit (6-0)
133: Pat Phillips (F&M) won by forfeit (12-0)
141: Wil Gil (F&M) tech. fall Jake Stein (GC); 5:00 (19-2) (17-0)
149: Cristiaan Dailey (F&M) maj. Eric Mougalian (GC); 14-3 (21-0)
157: Chase McCollum (F&M) tech. fall Jake Dressler (GC); 5:11 (16-0) (26-0)
165: Ray Martin (GC) inj. def. Crew Fullerton (F&M); 1:11 (26-6)
174: John Crawford (F&M) maj. Russell Canova (GC); 11-2 (30-6)
184: James Conway (F&M) tech. fall Kelvin Angelo Cupay (GC); 5:20 (23-5) (35-6)
197: Mike Waszen (F&M) dec. Brendan Loder (GC), 15-8 (38-6)
285: Cenzo Pelusi (F&M) WBF Jon Stix (GC); 1:58 (44-6)