The University of Scranton wrestling team put up a strong effort on Sunday afternoon against visiting Lycoming, but the Warriors defeated the Royals 25-14 in a dual meet in the John Long Center. Lycoming improves to 13-4 on the season with the victory while Scranton drops to 7-7 on the year.
Prior to Sunday's competition, the Royals honors senior wrestlers Dan D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic), Andrew Gombas (Warren, N.J./Bound Brook), and Kevin Merle (Stroudsburg, Pa./Belvidere), along with senior student assistant Zachary D'Apolito.
When the action started on the mat, freshman Matthew Murawski (Harrington Park, N.J./Northern Valley – Old Tappan) got Scranton off to a good start with a 9-6 decision at 125 pounds over Shane Casey to give the hosts the early advantage.
Following a forfeit win for Lycoming at 133 pounds, junior Brandon Altieri (West Newton, Mass./Newton North) leveled the match at 6-6 with a 10-6 decision over Eric Hunt in the 141 pound bout.
The Warriors won the next three bouts with a pin and two decision to build an 18-6 advantage before sophomore Aidan McNally (Scranton, Pa./Scranton) cut Scranton's deficit to 18-11 with a 21-5 technical fall over Chris Grecco at the 6:24 mark of the 174 pound match.
A major decision for Lycoming at 184 pounds put the visitor's advantage at 22-11 before D'Agostini battled to an impressive, 4-3 victory over Travis Ogden, who, along with D'Agostini, is ranked in the top-20 in the nation at 197 pounds.
The Warriors closed out the match with a 5-1 decision at 285 pounds.
D'Agostini's win was his 30th of the season and 99th of his career. The senior, who ranks third in Royals' history in career wins, became just the fifth Scranton wrestler to post at least 30 wins in a season. He is now 30-2 this season and 99-28 in his career.
Murawski improved to 18-10 in his rookie campaign, Altieri boosted his mark on the year to 6-14, and McNally boosted his season record to 17-9.
Scranton will compete in a quad meet on Friday evening at Lackawanna College, taking on the host Falcons along with Middlesex County College with the action scheduled to start at 6 p.m.