Clarizio Shines as Wrestling Places Fourth at Will Abele Invitational

Freshman Anthony Clarizio won for the 16th time on the year via pinfall in a win over King's on Friday night. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Freshman Anthony Clarizio won for the 16th time on the year via pinfall in a win over King's on Friday night. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Anthony Clarizio

 

Full Results

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Freshman Anthony Clarizio (Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove) captured the 141-pound title at the Will Abele Invitational on Saturday, leading The University of Scranton wrestling team to a fourth-place finish at the event which was held at Ursinus.

Overall, Scranton collected 86.5 points overall to place fourth out of 16 teams competing on the day at Ursinus. Here are some highlights for the Royals.

  • Clarizio was dominant at 141 pounds, winning five bouts, two of which by pinfall and one by technical fall. He won his final two bouts of the day by fall, beating TCNJ's Nic Mele (1:50) in the 141 semifinals and Robert Dinger (1:32)  in the finals. Dinger entered the day as the number one seed at 141 and was nationally ranked.

  • Earlier in the afternoon, Clarizio rolled past Verlensky Joachim of York by tech. fall, 17-0, in the first round, then got past Steven Schwab of TCNJ by decision (5-4) in the second round.

  • Elsewhere, junior Kyle Shaffer (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) made a run in the 157-pound bracket, reaching the semifinals after knocking off Giancarlo Crivelli of TCNJ to earn a spot in the final four of the weight class.

  • At 174 pounds, junior William Laughlin (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) also went to the semifinals, knocking off Derek Yingling of Merchant Marine in the quarters by a decision to get there (5-3). In his first bout, Laughlin pinned Waynesburg's Cory Supan in 54 seconds.

  • In the 184 pound bracket, sophomore Aidan McNally (Scranton, Pa./Scranton) went on to finish fourth overall after capturing three bouts. He won twice in the winners bracket after receiving a first-round bye, defeating Luke Lavanaway by major decision (13-2) and Adolfo Batista of Nassau Community College by pinfall (6:53). 

  • After falling in the winner's bracket semifinals, McNally went on to win one bout in the consolation bracket over Eric Mongiello of Temple.

  • Finally, at 285 pounds, sophomore Stephen Murphy (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) finished fifth overall after winning four bouts in the consolation bracket. In the fifth-place match, he finished off his day with a win over Benjamin Maack of Ursinus after winning twice by pinfall and once by decision in the consolation bracket.

The University of Scranton wrestling team returns to action on Tuesday night, as they host Elizabethtown in a dual match inside the John Long Center. Action gets underway at 7 p.m.

--ROYALS--