When freshman William Laughlin (Lansdale, Pa./William Penn) of The University of Scranton wrestling team prepared for the Jim Crytzer Memorial Invitational on Saturday at Washington & Lee in Lexington, Va., he may have been the only person in the gym who considered him a contender for the 157-pound title.
Despite entering the event with just four collegiate victories, Laughlin reeled off four straight wins to capture the title and help the Royals win the team title. For his efforts, he has been named The University of Scranton Athlete of the Week.
Laughlin entered the event unseeded, but proceeded to post a pair of second-period pins in his first two matches to reach the semifinals. There, he faced top-seeded teammate sophomore John Sheedy (Somerset, N.J./Bishop George Ahr), who he surprised with a 6-4 decision.
In the title match, Laughlin faced another teammate, this time taking on fellow freshman Kyle Shaffer (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah). Laughlin had little trouble, posting a 14-3 major decision to claim the 157-pound title.
Laughlin and the Royals will be back in action on Thursday, Jan. 11, when they travel to Elizabethtown, Pa. to take on Elizabethtown in a dual match at 7 p.m.