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Franklin and Marshall finishes strong to beat Sacred Heart

LANCASTER, Pa., January 29, 2023 – Back-to-back wins from Sacred Heart’s Nick Palumbo (157) and Aidan Zarrella pulled the Sacred Heart men’s wrestling team within four points of host Franklin and Marshall in Sunday’s EIWA dual meet.

But the Diplomats won the final four matches of the bout with a pair of technical falls and an injury default to pull away for a 35-11 victory.

Franklin and Marshall (7-5, 2-3 EIWA) won seven of 10 bouts, picking up bonus points in six victories. The Diplomats had four wins by technical fall and one pin. Franklin and Marshall had a 38-4 edge in near fall points and a 30-12 edge in takedowns.

Sacred Heart (0-9, 0-4 EIWA) received wins from Palumbo, Zarella and Dakota Asuncion at 141. The Pioneers have lost 18 straight dual meet bouts.

Sacred Heart returns to action on Sunday when they host Bloomsburg University at 1 p.m. at the Pitt Center in Fairfield.

Franklin & Marshall 35, Sacred Heart 11
At Lancaster, Pa.

125: Mason Leiphart (F&M) tech fall Michael Manta, 16-0, 3:10
133: Pat Phillips (F&M) tech fall Ben Davoli, 16-0, 6:01
141: Dakota Asuncion (SH) dec. Aidan O’Shea, 6-2
149: Bryce Kresho (F&M) pin Calvin Pineda, 1:53
157: Nicholas Palumbo (SH) maj dec. Nick Alvarez, 15-5
165: Aidan Zarrella (SH) maj dec. RJ Moore, 12-3
174: Noah Fox (F&M) tech fall Nico Bogardus, 26-11, 6:49
184: James Conway (F&M) injury default over Owen Ayotte, 4:39
197: John Crawford (F&M) tech fall Logan Michael, 20-5, 6:44
285: Cenzo Pelusi (F&M) dec. Matthew Jannucci, 9-3
Records: Sacred Heart 0-9, 0-4 EIWA; Franklin & Marshall 7-5, 2-3 EIWA

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