Wrestling Posts Three Victories, Finishes Third, in Electric City Duals

Scranton won its first three matches on its new Alumni Mat on Sunday at the Electric City Duals.
Scranton won its first three matches on its new Alumni Mat on Sunday at the Electric City Duals.



The University of Scranton wrestling team won three of its five matches on Sunday as the Royals hosted the Electric City Duals in the John Long Center. Senior Daniel D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestling after going 5-0 on the day.

The Royals (3-2) won its first three matches of the day, defeating Temple (55-0), Lackawanna, (36-9), and Keystone (45-8) before falling to Muhlenberg (25-14) and Oneonta (41-9).  Scranton finished third in the tournament behind champion Muhlenberg and runner-up Oneonta.

D'Agostini led Scranton with five victories at 197 pounds, opening the day with a 16-0 technical fall before adding three major decisions (12-3, 12-4, and 14-4) to go along with one forfeit win.

Junior Keegan Connelly (Schecksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic), sophomore Aidan McNally (Scranton, Pa./Scranton), and freshman Matthew Murawski (Harrington Park, N.J./Northern Valley – Old Tappan) all won four bouts apiece for the Royal.

After winning his opening match in the heavyweight class by forfeit, Connelly claimed a 7-1 decision against Lackawanna before posting a 20-5 technical fall against Keystone.  He followed that up with a 17-5 major decision against Muhlenberg.

At 174 pounds, McNally kicked off his day with a 16-0 technical fall against Temple before notching a 16-11 decision versus Lackawanna.  Following a forfeit win over Keystone, he capped his day with another 16-0 technical fall against Oneonta.

Murawski won four matches at 125 points highlighted by pinning his opponents from Muhlenberg at 1:31 pounds.  He also scored a 16-1 technical fall win against Lackawanna and added two forfeit victories.

At 157 pounds, junior John Sheedy (Somerset, N.J./Bishop George Ahr H.S.) had three wins, following an 8-5 decision against Temple with a pair of forfeit victories.

Senior Kevin Merle (Stroudsburg, Pa./Belvidere) earned two victories via the pin at 165 pounds on Sunday, taking down his opponent from Temple in 1:39 before collecting his second fall of the day against Lackawanna at the 3:57 mark.

Freshman A.J. Sortino (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) was also a two-match winner for the Royals, opening the day with a pin at the 1:25 mark of the 133 pound bout against Temple before earning an 18-9 major decision against Keystone.

Scranton also received pins from senior Andrew Gombas (Warren, N.J./Bound Brook), junior Brandon Altieri (West Newton, Mass./Newton North), sophomore Kyle Shaffer (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah), and  freshman Christian Recanatini (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) in the dual matches.

The Royals return to the mat next Sunday at the Green Terror Duals hosted by McDaniel College starting at 11 a.m. in Westminster, Md.