BROCKPORT, N.Y. – Senior Dan D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) of The University of Scranton wrestling team became the first Royals' wrestler in over a decade to qualify for the NCAA national championships on Sunday, finishing second at 197 pounds at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships hosted by The College at Brockport.
Junior Keegan Connelly (Schnecksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) finished fifth at 285 pounds while sophomore Kyle Shaffer (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) placed seventh at 157 pounds to lead Scranton to an 11th place result in the team competition. The Royals totaled 46.5 points in the weekend's tournament featuring 18 teams in the region.
D'Agostini became just the 12th wrestler in Scranton history to qualify for the national championships and the first since recent Wall of Fame inductee Donell Young accomplished the feat in 2007 when he battled to a 10-9 decision over Muhlenberg's Gennaro Cerminara in the semifinal round.
D'Agostini's semifinal win was his 38th victory over the season, tying Michael Grandchamp's single-season record for wins established in the 1998-99 season. He also sports a 107-29 record for his career with the third-most wins in Royals' history.
In the championship match, D'Agostini fell to Centenary's Etinini Udott in overtime as Udott claimed the title with a 3-1 sudden victory over D'Agostini, who will take a 38-3 record into that national championships which will be held on March 8 and 9 at the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Virginia.
Connelly won a pair of matches on Sunday to claim a fifth place finish in the regional championships. The senior opened the day with a pin at the 6:20 mark of his opening match against TCNJ's Thomas Marretta before dropping a 6-2 decision in his following bout to Blake Bunce of the Merchant Marine Academy.
Connelly bounced back to score an 11-4 decision over Muhlenberg's Scott Schaeffer, lifting his record to 36-11 on the year and 84-37 for his career. He now has the third-most wins in a season in Scranton history and will enter his senior year ranked fifth on the Royals' all-time wins list.
Shaffer capped a strong showing at this weekend's regional championships by winning the seventh place match at 157 pounds. After falling to Oswego State's Christian Gramuglia by a 7-3 decision in his first match on Sunday, Shaffer defeated Mulenberg's Brian Jamison in a 7-3 decision of his own to take seventh place.
Shaffer capped his sophomore year with a 17-13 record and is 23-19 for his career.
Ithaca won the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship team title with 166.5 points while TCNJ was the runner-up with 139 points.