Keegan Connelly
Keegan Connelly
Weight: 285
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Schnecksville, Pa.
High School: Allentown Central Catholic
Class: 285
Major: Criminal Justice
  • Four-year letterwinner who became Scranton's third All-American all-time at the end of his senior season
  • Posted a 118-40 record in his career; 118 victories are the third-most in the history of the program
  • Had 21 career pins, the ninth-best mark in the history of the program
  • Posted 11 top-four tournament finishes
  • Finished his career as a three-time NWCA Scholar All-American

Senior Year (2019-20)

  • Went 34-4 in his final season in the program, including a 24-1 mark in dual meets
  • Had seven wins via pinfall, four by major decision and one by technical fall
  • Qualified for the 2020 NCAA Championship with a second place finish in the 285-pound weight class at the NCAA Mideast Regionals
  • Also had a second place finish at the Wilkes Open (Dec. 22)
  • Opened the season with 12 straight victories and ended the year winning 15 of his final 16 bouts, including a streak of 15 victories in a row from Jan. 11 through Mar. 1
  • Fastest pinfall victory of the year came vs. Issac Santiago of King's on Feb. 14 in 53 seconds

Junior Year (2018-19)

  • Recorded a 36-11 overall record at 285, posting the third-most wins in a season in Scranton history
  • Finished fifth at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships
  • Totaled seven pins, four technical falls, and four major decisions
  • Went 16-3 in dual meets.
  • Fastest pin was at the 1:32 mark on Jan. 27 vs. Jake Kelly of Penn State Behrend
  • Placed third at the Will Abele Invitational, fourth at the RIT Invitational, and fifth at the Wilkes Open

Sophomore Year (2017-18)

  • Posted a 23-13 record, moving to 285 pounds from 197 midway through the season.
  • Had four victories by pin and went 8-4 in dual match competition.
  • Finished fourth at 197 pounds at the Ned McGinley Invitational at King's on Nov. 4.
  • Finished second at 197 pounds to help the Royals win the Jim Crytzer Memorial Invitational at Washington and Lee on Jan. 6.
  • Picked up four victories at the Messiah Open on Feb. 3.
  • Won twice at the NCAA East Regional on Feb. 24-25 at Lycoming.

Freshman Year (2016-17)

  • Had an impressive freshman campaign, finishing 25-12, all at 197 pounds.
  • His 25 victories were fourth-best on the team and the 14th-most in a single season in Scranton history.
  • Went 15-4 in dual match competition.
  • Had four victories by way of pin.
  • Finished fourth at 197 pounds at the Monarch Invitational on Nov. 5 in his first collegiate event.
  • Posted a season-high six straight victories over three events from Nov. 19 to Dec. 3.
  • Went 2-2 at the NCAA East Regional on Feb. 24-25 in York, Pa.

Awards & Honors

  • 2020 NWCA Division III Third Team All-American (285 pounds)
  • 2020 NCAA Division III National Championship Qualifier at 285 Pounds
  • NWCA Scholar All-American (2017, 2019, 2020)
  • University of Scranton Athlete of the Week (Dec. 5, 2016; Jan. 7, 2019; Nov. 25, 2019; Jan. 13, 2020; Mar. 2, 2020)

High school/personal

  • Earned three varsity letters in wrestling at Allentown Central Catholic.
  • Won his weight class at the Catasaqua Rough Rider tournament as a senior.
  • Also won his weight class at the Coal Cracker tournament as a junior.
  • Earned all-state honors as a senior while finishing fourth at both the district and regional meets.
  • Finished sixth at the district meet as a junior.
  • Finished his high school career with 60 victories.
  • Son of John Connelly and Renee Morrow-Connelly. His father wrestled at N.C. State.
  • Has a brother, Caleb.