Wrestling team starts strong

Published: November 27, 2015

Courtesy of Scranton Athletics Senior Eric Calimano attacks his opponent in the Long Center last season.

COURTESY OF SCRANTON ATHLETICS / SENIOR Eric Calimano attacks his opponent in the Long Center last season.


Sports Editor

The University’s wrestling team is off to a fast start this season.

The team holds an impressive 5-3 record and is currently on a two-match winning streak.

The Royals’ season started Nov. 1 against Rowan University and Pennsylvania College of Technology in the John J. Long Center. The Royals won both matches 42-9.

Last year, the team finished 6-13. The Royals are looking to improve this year, and despite having a roster loaded with youth and only four upperclassmen, the team has the talent to have a successful year.

Sophomore Brandon Davis said the team’s head coach Al Russomano can be credited for great start to the season. Russomano has coached the Royals since the 2006-07 season.

“We’re definitely off to a great start. Last year we only had eight guys after injuries, so in the offseason he did a really great job recruiting,” Davis said. “We got about 10 new guys; eight freshman and two transfers.”

Davis also noted the additions have helped the team have a different mindset this year.

“There’s a different feeling in the room for sure. We have about 20 guys now, and the atmosphere is better all around,” Davis said.

Although Davis has been sidelined with an injury, he said he can still feel the positive energy from the team.

“I’ve been hurt, so I haven’t been able to practice,” Davis said. “But just being at practice, I can feel the positive atmosphere, and it’s really fun to be around.”

Davis and the rest of the Royals hope the success can carry on throughout the year.

Davis also noted the team needs two more dual wins for Coach Russomano to move into second place for all time wins at The University.

For the winning to continue, Davis said the team needs to keep working hard and working smart.

“We have a great path so far,” Davis said. “The key to success is to stay out of getting injuries. If we can all stay healthy, we have a real shot at being a great team. We just need to keep working hard.”

The Royals are back in action 7 p.m. against East Stroudsburg University Dec. 2 in the John J. Long Center.

Contact the writer: ryan.disdier@scranton.edu

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