ITHACA, N.Y. – Senior Zachary D'Apolito (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) finish fourth at 184 pounds to post the best finish for The University of Scranton wrestling team at the NCAA Mideast Regional at Ithaca College over the weekend.
Scranton also received a fifth-place finish from senior Nicholas DePierro (Manalapan, N.J./Freehold Township) at 133 pounds and a sixth-place finish from junior Daniel D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) at 197.
D'Apolito entered the day in the semifinals with a chance to secure a spot in the NCAA championships with a victory. But he suffered a third-period pin against top-seeded Jake Ashcroft of Ithaca, knocking him into the consolation bracket. There, D'Apolito rebounded with a 9-4 decision to advance to the third-place match and a second chance at a spot in the national tournament. But he suffered a hard-fought 7-4 loss to Joe Cutugno of Rochester Institute of Technology.
D'Apolito ends his career with a pair of top-five regional finishes. He finished fifth at 165 pounds as a freshman in 2015. He finishes with 66 career victories.
DePierro started the day in the consolation bracket needing three wins to finish third and reach nationals. He opened with a 6-4 decision, but then suffered a hard-fought 11-5 loss to Tito Colom of Ithaca, who went on to finish third. That dropped DePierro into the fifth-place match, where he scored a 13-8 win over Dylan Stolwell of Brockport.
In three years with the Royals, DePierro finishes his career with 68 wins.
D'Agostini also started his day in the consolation bracket and picked up a narrow 10-9 win to reach the consolation semifinals. But he suffered a 10-6 loss to Oneonta State's Mike Beckwith, to drop into the fifth-place match. There, he fell in the first sudden victory period, 6-4, to Rocco Hladney of Elizabethtown.
D'Agostini led the Royals with 25 wins this season and will enter his senior season next year with 68 career victories.
Scranton had three other wrestlers still alive entering Sunday's action – sophomore T.J. Conlon (Long Beach, N.J./Long Beach) at 149, junior Kevin Merle (Stroudsburg, Pa./Belvidere) at 165 and sophomore Keegan Connelly (Schnecksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) – but each lost their first match in the consolation bracket.
The Royals finished tied for 11th in the team standings with 47.5 points. Ithaca won the team title with 145 points.