|Keegan Connelly||Aidan McNally||Anthony Clarizio||Jeremiah Oakes||William Laughlin|
The University of Scranton wrestling team had five student-athletes honored not only for their terrific seasons on the mat but their work in the classroom recently, as five Royals were named to the 2019-20 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III Scholar All-American team.
On the squad from Scranton was - senior Keegan Connelly (Schnecksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic), senior Aidan McNally (Scranton, Pa./Scranton), freshman Anthony Clarizio (Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove), freshman Jeremiah Oakes (Scranton, Pa./Scranton), and junior William Laughlin (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn).
In all, the NWCA honored 260 individuals representing 75 institutions. For the full release from the NWCA, click here: http://www.nwcaonline.com/2019-2020-nwca-division-iii-scholar-all-america-awards/.
Overall, the five named to the NWCA Scholar All-American team all played an integral role in a historic season for Scranton, as the Royals won the most dual matches in program history in a season during the campaign (18) and had their highest finish ever at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship (ninth).
For Connelly, this marks the third time in his career that he has earned NWCA Division III Scholar All-American honors, previously earning the award in 2017 and last season.
A 2020 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship qualifier at 285 pounds, Connelly ended his outstanding career at Scranton with a 118-40 record, as he posted a staggering 34-4 mark in 2019-20. His 34 victories this season were tied for the fifth-most in program history in a campaign, as Connelly will finish his career third on the all-time career victories list in program history.
McNally, meanwhile, will finish his career at Scranton with a 55-25 mark after going 35-11 at 184 pounds this season. His 55 career wins put him 19th all-time in just two seasons in the program, while his 35 victories in one season are the fourth-best in program history, as well.
In his first season in the program, Clarizio was impressive at 141 pounds, finishing with a 34-8 overall mark, while winning 19 times via pinfall throughout the course of the season. His 19 pinfall wins were tied for the most in a season in program history (with Michael Granchamp 98-99 and Mike Griffin 02-03), as Clarizio is already tied for 10th for most victories via pin in program history entering his sophomore season.
Another impressive freshman season was registered by Oakes, who went 25-12 at 165 pounds with eight victories via pinfall in his rookie campaign. Rounding out the list was Laughlin, who went 33-10 on the year wrestling primarily at 174 pounds. Laughlin, who is now 47-15 for his career at Scranton, had the sixth-most victories in a season in program history in 2019-20, as well.
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