The men’s wrestling team closed out the season Sunday at the NCAA East Regional Competition in Roanoke, Virginia. The team finished 13th overall in a regional competition that featured 18 teams.
First-year student Zachary D’Apolito led the team as he finished fifth overall in the 165-pound weight class. Despite beginning Sunday with a loss, D’Apolito came on strong after that first match, going on to finish 4-2 on the day and 8-2 in his final 10 matches of the season. D’Apolito was named Scranton Athlete of the Week for his efforts Sunday.
Entering his final match of the day, D’Apolito was two victories away from finishing in the top three, which would have earned him a spot at Nationals. It was his second fifth-place finish of the season, the other coming at the Washington & Lee Invitational in January.
For senior Shawn Flesche, Sunday marked the end to his season as well as his career. The Northvale, New Jersey native finished his career with 76 victories in his time at The University. Flesche’s career record is good for fourth in program history for victories.
Fleshe went 23-9 over the course of the season, including 16-2 during the team’s dual meets. This season was the best of his career and featured an 11-second victory by pin over Jared Rodriguez of the University of Maryland – Baltimore County.
Meanwhile, sophomore Ian Evans appears poised to pass Flesche on the all-time list for victories at some point over the final two years of his career. Over his first two seasons, Evans accumulated 61 victories, which places him in the top 10 in program history with two years left in his career.
For Evans, Sunday marked the end of an incredible season, but it also brought an end to his improbable 26-match winning streak. His winning streak began with a victory over Slade Storm of Penn College of Technology on Nov. 8.
After accumulating 29 wins during his first year, Evans improved during his sophomore season. He went 32-4 this season wrestling the 157-pound bracket, including 18-0 during dual meets.
Evans had two individual first-place finishes at invitational meets this season, one at the RIT Invitational in December and the other at the Washington & Lee Invitational in January. He also had 11 victories by pin and did not lose a match from a pin during the season.
The team finished the season with a 6-13 record.
March 6, 2015