University of Scranton senior wrestler Keegan Connelly (Schwenksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) added another accolade to his long list of career accomplishments earlier this month, as he was named to the 2019-20 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division III All-American Team, earning a Third Team selection at 285 pounds.
For the 2019-20 season, All-American honors were based on each wrestler's overall body of work through the regional tournaments and up to the national championships. Normally, the NWCA recognizes the outstanding work of the DIII Student-athletes by naming the All-Americans based on their achievements in the national championship. However, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic the championships were canceled.
"These athletes deserve to be recognized for their outstanding body of work during the 2019-2020 season," said Lonnie Morris, NWCA Division III President & Johnson & Wales Head Coach. "I'm proud of the NWCA Division III leadership group working so diligently to review the candidates and for developing a meaningful process for recognizing this elite group of young men. "
With the selection, Connelly became just the third All-American in University of Scranton wrestling history, joining Michael Grandchamp (165 pounds in 1999) and Darren Buseman (157 pounds in 2003) to earn the honor. Connelly is also the first wrestler under 14-year head coach Al Russamano to earn the award, as well.
Connelly, who is a three-time NWCA Division III Scholar All-American (2017, 2019, 2020), finishes a banner 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 Scranton's all-time career victories list.
On March 1, Connelly punched his ticket to the 2020 NCAA Division III Championship with a second-place finish at 285 pounds at the NCAA Mideast Regional in Ithaca, N.Y., becoming just the 13th wrestler in program history to qualify for an NCAA Championship.
Connelly, who is set to receive his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice at the end of the current semester, recently chatted with Scranton SID John Gatto about his career at the University. To see the full interview, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07lrt2saa74.
For the full 2019-20 NWCA Division III Third Team All-American list, click here: http://www.nwcaonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/DIII-Third-Team-AA_2020.pdf
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