|Keegan Connelly||Jeremiah Oakes||Aidan McNally|
WESTMINSTER, Md. - The University of Scranton wrestling team pulled out victories over Gettysburg (30-15) and Penn State Mont Alto (34-3) on Sunday at the 2019 Green Terror Duals, hosted by McDaniel.
In their bout with the hosts, Scranton dropped a tough 23-19 decision to McDaniel. With the 2-1 day, the Royals are now 6-1 on the year in dual meets.
The day kicked off for Scranton with a win over Gettysburg, as the Royals won seven of the 10 bouts contested against the Bullets.
To start, the Royals swept the first three matches, as sophomore Matthew Murawski (Harrington Park, N.J./Northern Valley - Old Tappan) pinned his opponent in 32 seconds at 125 pounds, while fellow sophomore A.J. Sortino (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) (9-3) and freshman Anthony Clarizio (Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove) (8-5) won by decision at 133 and 141, respectively.
The next win for Scranton came at 165 pounds as freshman Jeremiah Oakes (Scranton, Pa./Scranton) won by decision (7-2), while junior William Laughlin (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) pinned his opponent at 174 in 39 seconds.
In two of the final bouts of the match, Scranton won in convincing fashion to put it away over Gettysburg, as sophomore Aidan McNally (Scranton, Pa./Scranton) won by technical fall, 18-0, at 184 points and at 285, senior Keegan Connelly (Schnecksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) rolled to a 10-2 major decision win.
Against Penn State Mont Alto, Scranton won every bout except one, as four Royals recorded pinfall victories. But in the McDaniel match, Scranton fell in a hard-fought affair despite the fact that several individuals put together solid efforts in their bouts.
First at 125, Murawski shutout out his opponent, 4-0, to give the Royals an early lead. After McDaniel won four straight contests to take a 17-3 lead on the Royals, Scranton won three straight bouts of their own to cut the McDaniel lead down to 17-16. In the run, Oakes (tech. fall victory, 16-0, at 165), Laughlin (decision, 1-0, at 174), and McNally (tech. fall 18-0 win at 184) all were victorious.
However, McDaniel came back with a pinfall victory at 197 to increase their lead to 23-16 entering the final bout of the afternoon at 285. There, Connelly stayed unbeaten on the year with a 4-1 win, but the three points recorded for Scranton were not enough to overcome the deficit, as the Green Terror took the match by four.
For full results from the 2019 Green Terror Duals at McDaniel, click here: https://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/wrest/2019-20/files/GT_Duals.pdf
The University of Scranton wrestling team returns to action on Wednesday, as they host NCAA Division II nationally ranked opponent East Stroudsburg inside the John Long Center. Things get underway at 7 p.m.