D'Agostini, Connelly Finish Fourth At Messiah Open

Sophomore Keegan Connelly finished fourth at 285 pounds at the Messiah Open on Saturday.
Sophomore Keegan Connelly finished fourth at 285 pounds at the Messiah Open on Saturday.
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D'Agostini
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GRANTHAM, Pa. – Junior Daniel D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) and sophomore Keegan Connelly (Schnecksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) both finished fourth at the Messiah Open on Saturday at Messiah College.

D'Agostini earned his fourth-place finish at 197 pounds while Connelly was fourth at 285. They were the lone Scranton wrestlers to compete in the event.

D'Agostini's day started with a quick pin in just 45 seconds in the first round, followed by a 12-1 major decision in the second. He then suffered a 7-2 loss in the quarterfinals to fall into the consolation bracket. There, he picked up a technical fall (17-2) and a medical forfeit to reach the consolation semifinal. He then posted a pin in 1:00 to reach the third-place match, but suffered a narrow 3-2 loss to Antavian Leary of Ferrum, the same wrestler who knocked him off in the quarterfinals.

Connelly was given a first-round bye, then suffered a narrow 11-10 defeat in the second round. In the consolation bracket, he rallied with four straight wins. The first came by way of a 2-1 decision in two tiebreak periods. He then posted a 4-3 decision, again in two tiebreak periods, to reach the consolation semifinals.

In the consolation semifinal, Connelly put the clamps on his opponent, pinning him in 4:12 to reach the third-place match. But there, he suffered a narrow 2-1 loss to finish fourth.

The University of Scranton wrestling team will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 16, when the Royals travel to Wilkes-Barre, Pa. to take on Wilkes University at 7 p.m.

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