ROANOKE, Va. – Senior Dan D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) of The University of Scranton wrestling team saw his outstanding career come to a close on Friday at the NCAA Championships on Friday, but not before breaking the Royals single-season wins record.
D'Agostini went 1-2 on the day, winning in the first round of wrestlebacks for his 39th victory of the season, breaking a record that had stood for 20 years. He surpassed Michael Grandchamp's previous mark of 38 wins established during the 1998-99 campaign.
D'Agostini, who was Scranton's first NCAA championship qualifier since Donell Young accomplish the feat in the 2007 season, ends his remarkable career with a 108-31 record. He finishes third on the Royals all-time wins list.
D'Agostini, who finished his historic season with a 39-5 record, dropped an 8-1 decision in his opening match on Friday to the fifth-ranked wrestler in the country, Riley Kauzlaric (28-5) of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Kauzlaric scored the only points of the first period in Friday's first match with a takedown before D'Agostini cut his deficit to 2-1 with an escape to open the second frame. Kauzlaric answered with another takedown with 42 seconds left in the period to take a 4-1 advantage into the final two minutes of the bout.
In the third period, Kauzlaric added an escape and another takedown, and tacked on another point with riding time advantage to close out the final score of the match.
In the first round of wrestlebacks, D'Agostini posted a 6-4 decision over Coast Guard's Jonathan Wagner (18-8) for his record-breaking victory.
D'Agostini opened the match with a takedown before Wagner scored the next three points. D'Agostini leveled the match with an escape just before the end of the opening period.
Wagner picked up the only point of the second period with an escape, but D'Agostini overcame the one-point deficit in the final two minutes of the match with an escape and a takedown with 32 seconds left in the match.
D'Agostini was edged in a hard-fought, 4-3 decision to Coe's Taylor Mehmen. After a scoreless first period, Mehmen (24-8) scored the first two points of the match with a take down before an escape by D'Agostini made it a 2-1 contest heading into the final period.
Mehmen opened the third period with an escape, but D'Agostini leveled the bout with a takedown at the 1:16 mark. Mehmen managed an escape just 10 seconds later though which would stand as the difference in the match.