D’Agostini Reaches 100-Win Milestone as Wrestling Sweeps Lackawanna Quad Meet

Dan D'Agostini became just the third wrestler in Scranton with at least 100 career wins on Friday night at the Lackawanna Quad Meet.
Dan D'Agostini became just the third wrestler in Scranton with at least 100 career wins on Friday night at the Lackawanna Quad Meet.


Editor's note: Updates Keegan Connelly's season win total to 30.

Results vs. Middlesex
Results vs. Rutgers Club
Results vs. Lackawanna

SCRANTON, Pa. – Senior Dan D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) became just the third wrestler in University of Scranton history with at least 100 career wins on Friday night as the Royals won all three of its meet at the Lackawanna Quad Meet to improve to 10-7 on the season.

D'Agostini, who is currently ranked 16th in all of NCAA Division III at 197 pounds, notched his milestone victory with a pin in the third period of his bout against Farhan Khan of Middlesex in Friday's first match for his first of his three wins on the night.  

D'Agostini, who now has 102 career wins, joins Darren Buseman, who had 125 wins from 1999-2003, and Ian Evans, who posted 122 victories from 2013-2017, as the only three Royals with triple-figure wins.

Junior T.J. Conlon (Long Branch, N.J./Long Branch), sophomore Kyle Shaffer (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah), sophomore Aidan McNally (Scranton, Pa./Scranton), and junior Keegan Connelly (Schnecksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) joined D'Agostini as three-match winners on Friday night as Scranton defeated Middlesex (37-12), Rutgers Club (50-3), and host Lackawanna (33-12).

Match 1 vs. Middlesex C.C.

In Friday night's opening match, Middlesex held a 9-0 advantage after the first two weight classes before Scranton won the next five bouts to claim a 25-9 lead. 

Junior Brandon Altieri (West Newton, Mass./Newton North) started the run with a pin in the first period of the 141 pounds, senior Kevin Merle (Stroudsburg, Pa./Belvidere), and McNally all had pins during the run for the Royals, who also received a major decision from Conlon and a forfeit.

The Blue Colts got three points back with a decision at 184 pounds before D'Agostini posted his milestone win at 197 pounds.

Connelly closed out the contest with an injury forfeit triumph for Scranton.

Match 2 vs. Rutgers Club

The Royals dominated their second meet of the evening, winning nine of the 10 bouts against the Scarlet Knights.

Altieri posted his second pin of the night in the first period at 141 pounds, Conlon notched a 17-0 technical fall at 149 pounds, and McNally earned a 14-6 major decision at 184 pounds.

D'Agostini and Connelly also picked up their second wins of the evening in the final two bouts with D'Agostini scoring a technical fall at 197 pounds and Connelly pinning his opponent in the first period of the heavyweight match.

Match 3 vs. Lackawanna

In Friday's finale against the host Falcons, freshman Matthew Murawski (Harrington Park, N.J./Northern Valley – Old Tappan) opened the contest with a 17-0 technical fall at 125 pounds before Lackawanna won the next two weight classes to take a 9-0 advantage.

Conlon posted his third win of the night with a 3-0 decision at 149 pounds while Shaffer matched the feat with a 10-2 major decision at 157 pounds.

Merle scored his second victory by fall at 165 pounds in the first period and McNally picked up his third win on a forfeit to give Scranton a 24-9 lead.

The Falcons broke the Royals' run with decision at 184 pounds, but D'Agostini and Connelly added their third wins of the night to close out the contest.  D'Agostini's second pin of the night came in the second period of the 197 pound match while Connelly scored a 7-3 decision at 285 pounds.

Record Watch

D'Agostini, who is third on Scranton's all-time wins list, is now 33-2 on the season, tied for the third-most wins in a season in Royals' history.  He lifted his career pin total to 19, tied for ninth-most all-time.

Connelly lifted his record to 30-9 on the year, giving him the eighth-most wins in a season in school history.  He is 77-35 for his career, ranking fifth in career wins and tied for 17th with 14 career pins.

Merle improved to 21-12 on the year with 10 pins, tied for the 11th most falls in a season.  He also has 29 pins in his career, tied for second-most all-time and just three behind Tim Moser, who posted 32 pins for Scranton from 1985-89.

Up Next

Scranton returns to action next Friday when they take on Wilkes in the first round of the Cross-County Duals at Keystone College. First match between the Royals and Colonels is set for 6 p.m. in La Plume.