LOCAL COLLEGE: University Of Scranton Wrestles Qualifies For Nationals

February 25, 2019

University of Scranton senior Dan D’Agostini qualified for the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships by finishing second at

197 pounds at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships at The College at Brockport in New York on Sunday.

D’Agostini decisioned Muhlenberg’s Gennaro Cerminara, 10-9, in the semifinal round to punch his ticket to nationals. He is just the 12th Scranton wrestler to qualify for the nationals and first since Donell Young in 2007.

In the final, D’Agostini lost Centenary’s Etinini Udott, 3-1, in sudden-victory overtime.

With a 38-3 record this season, D’Agostini has tied Michael Grandchamp’s single-season program record for wins set in the 1998-99. His career mark of 107-28 ranks him third in wins in Royals history.

The NCAA Division III Championships are March 8-9 at the Berglund Center in

Roanoke, Virginia.

Also for Scranton at regionals, junior Keegan Connelly finished fifth at 285 pounds and sophomore Kyle Shaffer placed seventh at 157 pounds. The Royals wound up 11th out of 18 teams with 46.5 points.

Keystone College freshman Cameron Smith placed eighth at 285 pounds after losing to Scott Schaeffer of Muhlenberg by technical fall, 20-2, in 5:25.

Smith is the program’s first regional place winner.


At Scranton, Montclair State scored 11 runs in the fourth inning to outslug the University of Scranton, 16-10, in a nonconference game at Weiss Field.

Freshman and Wallenpaupack graduate Tyler Kirsten went 4 for 6 and scored two runs for the Royals (0-2). Junior Kevin Haag had three three hits, including two doubles, and four RBI. Sophomore Connor Harding and senior Ian McIntosh added two hits apiece.

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