The University of Scranton wrestling team got off to a strong start in its dual meet schedule, going 3-1 at the Electric City Duals in the John Long Center on Saturday.
The Royals opened the day with three straight victories, but could not solve Oneonta State in the final match of the day, falling 23-13. The Red Dragons won the team title by going 4-0 on the day.
Scranton opened the day with a 32-11 win over Lackawanna College, then rolled to a 39-11 win over Temple. The Royals then posted an impressive 25-14 victory over Rochester Institute of Technology to set up the match against Oneonta State for the team title.
Junior Daniel D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) had a standout day for Scranton, going 4-0 at 184 pounds, posting three major decisions and a pin. Junior Kevin Merle (Stroudsburg, Pa./Belvidere) also went 4-0 at 165 pounds, winning all four bouts by decision.
Three other Royals went 3-0 on the day. Sophomore Nicholas Ciaccia (Freehold, N.J./Howell) was 3-1 at 141 pounds, posting all three victories by pin. Senior Nicholas DePierro (Manalapan, N.J./Freehold) went 3-1 at 125, picking up two pins. And sophomore John Sheedy (Somerset, N.J./Bishop George Ahr) went 3-1 at 157 pounds with a pair of pins.
Sophomore Keegan Connelly (Schnecksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) added a pair of victories at 197. His pin in 29 seconds clinched the victory against RIT. Sophomore T.J. Conlon (Long Branch, N.J./Long Branch) had a pair of wins at 149, as did junior Andrew Gombas (Warren, N.J./Bound Brook) at 174 and freshman William Oxley (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) at 285.
The wrestling team will be back in action on Sunday, Dec. 19, when the Royals compete in the Green Terror Duals at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.