Wrestling’s Keegan Connelly Reflects on NCAA Championship Experience, Future

Senior Keegan Connelly finished his career at Scranton as the third-winningest student-athlete in program history, collecting 118 victories. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Senior Keegan Connelly finished his career at Scranton as the third-winningest student-athlete in program history, collecting 118 victories. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Keegan Connelly

 

The week of March 9th was gearing up to be one of the most exciting of senior Keegan Connelly's (Schwenksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) life.

On Wednesday, Mar. 11, Connelly, along with Scranton wrestling head coach Al Russomano and assistant coach John Burgette boarded a plane headed for Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the 2020 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship. 

The bid into the field for Connelly, which was clinched when he finished second in the 285-pound weight class at the NCAA Mideast Regionals in Ithaca, NY on Mar. 1, was the punctuation of an incredible four-year run for the senior, in which he became the third-winningest wrestler in program history, notching 118 victories.

But, Connelly's time in Iowa was short-lived, as on Thursday, Mar. 12, the NCAA canceled their remaining Championship schedule for 2020. The news broke for Connelly and the rest of the competitors in the event as they were getting ready for a practice session. 

This past Saturday, Connelly chatted with Scranton Sports Information Director John Gatto about the emotional scene in Cedar Rapids when the news broke. 

Connelly also discussed his favorite moments at The University of Scranton, and what he plans to do in the future, as he will receive a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from The University at the end of the semester. 

For the full video interview, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07lrt2saa74

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