ELIZABETHTOWN, PA (December 3, 2022) -- The University of Scranton wrestling team took seventh place at the Blue Jay Invite hosted by Elizabethtown College on Saturday afternoon.
The top performer of the day was graduate student Will Laughlin (Lansdale, Pa. / North Penn) who earned 18 points on the day and finished in second place at 174. Junior Daniel Kosinski (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Trinity) battled his way through the consolation bracket and posted three pins on the day to take third at 157. Senior Jeremiah Oakes (Scranton, Pa. / Scranton) also had a solid day for the Royals as he took third at 165.
Laughlin got his day started with back-to-back pins which lands him in tie with Tim Moser for the most pins in program history at 32. He then won his semifinal matchup in a tightly contested 5-4 decision over James Geiger of Wilkes. The senior captain battled hard in the championship bout but ultimately fell to Joe Paul of Johns Hopkins in a 4-1 decision.
In his opening bout of the day, Koskinski was pinned by the eventual 157 runner-up finisher Ryan Foutz of Roanoke. The junior captain showed his resiliency and bounced back with four consecutive wins in the consolation bracket including a pin at the 2:38 mark on Marshall Hammond of Roanoke. He then added another pin to his tally in the consolation semis as he took down Andrew McDougal of Roanoke in just over a minute. Kosinski notched his third pin of the day on Xavier Howard of McDaniel to secure third place in his weight class.
Oakes got things started with an early pin in just over a minute on Hollis Berry of Elmira. The senior then advanced through the quarterfinals with an 8-2 decision win over Jake Hoffmann of Johns Hopkins. Following a loss by fall in the semfinals, Oakes won a 10-5 decision over Caden Droege of Elizabethtown to advance to the third place match where he defeated Hoffmann again in a 13-2 major decision.
Elizabethtown won the invite with a final team score of 172.
The wrestling team returns to action next Friday when they host Muhlenberg College at 7:30 PM in the John Long Center.