Wrestling Heads to Franklin & Marshall Friday
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Wrestling Heads to Franklin & Marshall Friday

LEXINGTON, Va. – The VMI wrestling team travels to Pennsylvania for the fourth time this season, taking on Franklin & Marshall College Friday at 7 p.m. in non-conference action.

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The Keydets were off last weekend after competing in the All-Academy Championships Saturday, January 26. VMI placed fifth overall, and red-shirt junior Neal Richards was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler. Richards won three matches on the day to take the individual title at 174 pounds, pinning #18th-ranked Spencer Carey from Navy in 1:42 in the finals.

Red-shirt junior Dom Gallo (141) and senior Darren Ostrander (157) each finished fourth in their respective weight classes.

F&M defeated VMI last December 25-12 in Cormack Hall. Hunter Starner was one of three Keydet winners, recording a pin with just one second left at 133. The Keydets beat the Diplomats 27-9 in 2015, aided by a pin from Richards at 157 - in the first ever-match at the Pit in Cormack Hall.

Friday’s contest is Senior Night for F&M, where the program’s seven seniors will be honored. The Diplomats host Bloomsburg and George Mason on Saturday.

Projected lineups:


125: Derek Shockey

133: Hunter Starner/Cliff Conway

141: Dom Gallo

149: Zach Schmitt

157: Darren Ostrander

165: Luke Nicksic

174: Neal Richards

184: Max Gallahan

197: Chris Beck

285: Tre Momon


Franklin & Marshall

125: Jose Diaz

133: Mike Simonetti

141: Wil Gil 

149: Cole Aaron/Paddy Quinlan

157: Emmett LiCastri

165: Crew Fullerton

174: Jake Conners

184: Reid Robilotto

197: Philip Robilotto

285: Antonio Pelusi