|Keegan Connelly||Matthew Murawski|
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. - It was a busy day for The University of Scranton wrestling team on Sunday at the Bob Quade Open held at Centenary University, with several individuals putting together outstanding performances.
Here were some highlights on the day for the Royals.
The lone Scranton wrestler to win his weight class on the afternoon was sophomore Matthew Murawski (Harrington Park, N.J./Northern Valley-Old Tappan) who was victorious at 125 pounds. On the day, Murawski won two bouts by pinfall and another by decision (6-3), before taking the 125-pound title bout by forfeit.
At 285 points, senior Keegan Connelly (Schnecksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) made history, as he won his 100th career bout with a victory in the consolation bracket quarterfinals by decision (5-1). Connelly, who won five total bouts on the day, becomes just the fourth University of Scranton wrestler to win 100 matches in his career.
At 141 pounds, freshman Anthony Clarizio (Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove) continued his impressive season, as he finished second in his weight class in the event. In his class, Clarizio won three bouts, one of which by pinfall (1:54) and two others by decision.
In 157, junior Kyle Shaffer (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) made a run the consolation bracket, winning four bouts before falling in the third-place match to place fourth. In Shaffer's run in the consolation bracket, he had one win by pinfall (1:38).
At 174 pounds, junior William Laughlin (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) also rolled through the consolation bracket, making it all the way to the third-place match. In his consolation victories, Laughlin was dominant, winning by major decision twice (14-4 and 14-3) and by pinfall in 51 seconds.
Junior Aidan McNally (Scranton, Pa./Scranton) continued his strong season with three victories in the 184-pound class. McNally won twice by technical fall by the same score (16-0) and once by pinfall (2:03).
The University of Scranton wrestling team now takes a long break for the holiday season and will return to action on January 8 when they host Hunter in a dual match inside the John Long Center. Action begins at 2:30 p.m.