SCRANTON, Pa. – Graduate student Will Laughlin (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) went 5-0 on the day to earn Most Outstanding Wrestler honors and The University of Scranton wrestling team picked up a trio of victories to take third place at the Electric City Duals on Sunday at the John Long Center in Scranton.
The Royals picked up wins over SUNY Oneonta (21-19), Keystone (52-6) and Rowan College (43-9), while dropping decisions to Alfred State (35-15) and a heartbreaker against New Jersey City (22-21).
Here are some of the Royals' highlights from the day.
- In the victory over Oneonta, Scranton trailed 7-6 headed into the 157 pound match before consecutive pinfall victories by junior Daniel Kosinski (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) and senior Jeremiah Oakes (Scranton, Pa./Scranton) gave the hosts an 18-7 lead. At 174 pounds, Laughlin was a 2-1 winner over the Red Dragons' Kenneth Sauer and the Royals held off a late rally over the final three matches in the 21-19 win.
- During the 43-9 victory over Rowan College, Laughlin, sophomore Kenneth Langenmayr (Ringwood, N.J./Lakeland Regional) at 149 pounds and senior Hunter Marhan (Long Branch, N.J./Long Branch) in the heavyweight bout all notched pinfall victories including Marhan's that came in just 0:38 against Bobby Meister. Senior Michael Garcia (Verona, N.J./Verona) also helped the Royals gain an early lead with a 14-1 major decision over Jacob McDonald at 133 pounds.
- The victory over Keystone came in the final match of the day with pins by Langenmayr, Kosinski, freshman Jake Rudy (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) at 174 pounds and Marhan. At 141 pounds, freshman Shkeb Nadir (Scranton, Pa./Scranton) rolled to a 22-7 technical fall win over Michael Palinkas and Oakes did the same with a 16-0 victory at 165 pounds.
- In the afore-mentioned 22-21 setback against New Jersey City, Scranton trailed 15-3 before a 6-2 decision by Kosinski at 157 pounds, an 11-1 major decision victory for Oakes (165) and a 16-0 technical fall by Laughlin (174) tied things at 15 apiece. However, the Gothic Knights picked up victories at 184 and 197 pounds to hold on for the win despite Marhan's third pin of the day in the heavyweight match.
- Laughlin and Oakes both registered pinfall victories in the match against Alfred State, while Kosinski also added a 3-2 win over Travis Kauffman at 157 pounds.
- Laughlin had two pins on the day and now has 29 for his career, which is tied for the third most in program history along with Shawn Flesche.
The Royals return to the mats on Saturday for the Shenandoah Quad Match as they will take on the host Hornets, Patrick Henry College and Gettysburg.