The wrestling season is once again drawing near for The University. The team finished last year with an overall record of 8-9 and finished 15th place in the NCAA tournament. With only two seniors on the team, including Shawn Flesche this year’s squad is one filled with a bevy of young talent.
“Being a member of the team all four years, I know what the team needs to do to get where we need to be. I just need to do my part and make sure the younger guys are doing their part as well,” Flesche said. “We know what the competition is like, and we know what we need to do to be better.”
Flesche also talked about some team expectations.
“We are definitely expecting at least two national qualifiers. We also have a lot of really talented guys on the team, and there will be competition for weight classes,” Flesche said.
Flesche has 54 career victories and two invitational titles. He went 20-12 last year and nine of his victories came by way of pin.
One of those talented younger guys Flesche mentioned is junior Eric Calimano. Calimano is poised for another good year.
Calimano finished last year with a record of 23-5 wrestling in the 235 and 285 weight classes. He also won his first match in the NCAA Mideast Regional last year.
Sophomore wrestler Ian Evans is another wrestler who should have a big year. As a first-year, Evans went 29-6. His 29 wins are the sixth most in a single season in University history. Although Evans is young, he is expected to be a big contributor.
The Scranton wrestlers are led by Head Coach Al Russomano. Russomano has a lot of experience, as he is seventh all-time for wins in school history. This will be Russomano’s seventh year as head coach.
The wrestling team starts its season Saturday as the team participates in the Monarch Invitational at Kings College. The team then returns to action Nov. 8 as it hosts The Apprentice School at the Long Center.