Wrestling Program Announces Captains for 2020-21 Academic Year

Senior William Laughlin was named one of three team captains for the 2020-21 academic year by head coach Al Russomano recently.
Senior William Laughlin was named one of three team captains for the 2020-21 academic year by head coach Al Russomano recently.
Kyle Shaffer William Laughlin John Murphy


University of Scranton wrestling head coach Al Russomano has announced his three captains for the academic year - senior's Kyle Shaffer (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) and William Laughlin (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn), and junior John Murphy (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell).

The trio headlines a strong group of returnees for Russamano's program, who last season had their highest win total in program history going 18-8 in dual matches, while the Royals also recorded their highest finish ever at the NCAA Mideast Regionals (9th). 

For Shaffer, this marks the second straight season he will serve as a team captain. For his career, he has won 46 bouts, including 15 by pinfall, which is tied for the 18th most in a career in program history.

Laughlin, meanwhile, comes off a breakout junior season in which he went 33-10 at 174 pounds, finishing with a 20-2 mark in dual matches. His 33 total victories were the eighth-most in a season in program history, while 12 of those wins came via pinfall (sixth-most in program history in a season). He capped off the year finishing seventh at 174 pounds at the NCAA Mideast Regionals, as well. 

Murphy, meanwhile, looks to replace standout Keegan Connelly at 285 pounds, as he won 10 bouts last season in a reserve role for the Royals.

Elsewhere, the Royals return a core to their roster that excelled last season.

At 125 pounds, junior Matthew Murawski (Harrington Park, N.J./Northern Valley - Old Tappan) comes back after posting a 32-10 mark last season. His 32 victories were the 11th most in a season in the history of the program, as his career record sits at 54-23 overall.

Meanwhile, at 141 pounds, sophomore Anthony Clarizio (Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove) returns after a breakout rookie campaign for Scranton in which he was an impressive 34-8 overall, recording a staggering 19 victories by pinfall. That mark matched a school record in a season, as Clarizio ended the season strong by finishing fifth at the NCAA Mideast Regionals in his weight class.

Finally, at 165 pounds, local product sophomore Jeremiah Oakes (Scranton, Pa./Scranton) is back after going 25-12 in his weight class in his freshman campaign. Eight of those victories came via pinfall, while 13 wins came in Scranton's dual matches.

Russomano also added 12 in his 2020-21 recruiting class, including junior college transfers Brandon Judge (Lackawanna College) and Hunter Marhan (Middlesex C.C.). Marhan wrestled at 285 pounds last season, while Judge wrestled at 141.

More information on The University of Scranton wrestling program will be posted throughout the Fall on athletics.scranton.edu.

Fans are also reminded to continue to follow University of Scranton Athletics all year on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @RoyalAthletics for updates.