WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Junior Ian Evans (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) came up just short in his goal of reaching the NCAA Division III championships, but still came away with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional on Sunday at Lycoming College.
Evans began the day with a semifinal match in which he could have secured a spot at nationals with a victory. But he suffered the narrowest of victories, 3-1 in sudden victory, to Wilkes sophomore Nicholas Racanelli.
That dropped Evans into the consolation bracket, but still with a chance to finish third. There, he edged Baldwin Wallace's Richard Burke, 3-2, to reach the third-place match. Again with a spot in nationals on the line, Evans lost 5-3 to Messiah's Larry Cannon, the top seed in the weight class.
Evans finishes his season with a record of 29-8, matching his win total from his freshman year, which is tied for seventh-most in a single season on Royals history. He now has 90 career wins, third-most in school history, three shy of tying for second and 35 behind the all-time record of 125 held by Darren Buseman (1993-2003).
Two other Scranton wrestlers were still alive in the consolation bracket on Sunday – sophomore Nicholas DePierro (Manalapan, N.J./Freehold) at 133 pounds and sophomore at 165 pounds.
DePierro, who went 3-1 on Saturday, entered Sunday needing three straight wins to finish third and secure a spot in nationals. But the day did not go his way, as he lost his first match, a consolation quarterfinal, by a 14-5 major decision to Baldwin Wallace's Jesse Gunter, the top seed who went on to finish third.
The loss ended DePierro's season, his first with the Royals. He finished with a 24-14 record, and the 24 wins are tied for 13th-most in a single season in program history.
D'Apolito entered in the same situation, three wins from a spot at nationals, but also lost his first match, falling to John Carroll's Jordan Victor, 4-3. D'Apolito finished the season with a 15-18 record.
The Royals finished the event 16th among 18 teams with 28 points.