Royal Review: January 27-February 2 (No. 21 in a weekly series)

Wrestling (8-8)

The University of Scranton wrestling team won a pair of matches on Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Long Center, when the Royals defeated Bergen County Community College, 40-13, and Sullivan County Community College, 51-6.

Senior Chris Silakoski (Trenton, N.J./Notre Dame) and sophomore Eric Calimano (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) both had two wins on the day to lead the Royals.

Silakoski picked up his eighth career pin when he handled Bergen's Michael Amaro in 1:43 in the opening match at 197 pounds. He then picked up a 7-4 decision over Sullivan's Josh Bonneau in the second match. Silakoski is now 20-12 this season and has 62 career victories, tied for sixth most in school history.

Calimano finished the victory over Bergen by shutting out Christian Rohn, 8-0, at 285 pounds. In the match against Sullivan, he pinned Antonio D’onofrio in 1:49, also at 285 pounds. Calimano is now 20-3 this season.

In the victory against Bergen, the Royals also received a win from sophomore Corey Forlenza (Montville, N.J./Montville Township) at 125 when he pinned Jonathan Melendez in 3:39 for his 13th victory and second pin of the season.

In the victory against Sullivan, freshman Ian Evans (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) pinned Richard Dennison in 4:11 at 141 pounds for his 29th victory this season, which ranks as the sixth-most in a single season in Scranton history. The Royals also received a pin from senior Shawn Flesche (Northvale, N.J./Northern Valley Regional) at 165 pounds when he locked down Andrew Martinez in 1:34.

The Royals are back on the mat when they host King’s College on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. in the Long Center.

Men’s Basketball (16-3, 6-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men’s basketball team won a pair of Landmark Conference road games during the week, and moved into a tie for first place in the process.

The Royals began the week by defeating Moravian College, 73-65, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Bethlehem, Pa. Junior guard Justin Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) scored a career-high 22 points and made three steals to lead Scranton. Sophomore forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) had 17 points and junior guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Royals traveled to Huntingdon, Pa. and defeated Juniata College, 63-54, to avenge an overtime loss to the Eagles three weeks earlier. Danzig had 22 points and seven rebounds, and Boken had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Scranton held Juniata to just 30.8 percent (16-for-52) from the field, the lowest shooting percentage by an opponent this season.

The win over Juniata, coupled with Catholic’s loss to Merchant Marine Academy, moved Scranton into a first-place tie with Catholic, who the Royals defeated on Jan. 25.

Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 5, when the team travels to Kings Point, N.Y. to take on Merchant Marine Academy at 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball (16-3, 8-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women’s basketball team split a pair of games during the week, with its 13-game winning streak coming to an end. However, the team remains in first place in the Landmark Conference.

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, the Lady Royals lost a heartbreaker to Moravian College, 66-65, in the Long Center when the Greyhounds sank two free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining. Junior forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) led Scranton with 26 points, senior guard Alison Sweeney (Wall, N.J./St. Rose) had 13 points and eight rebounds, and junior guard Lia DiSciascio (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) and freshman forward Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford) had 10 points each.

Three days later, Scranton went on the road and dominated Juniata College, 76-52, in Huntingdon, Pa. Freshman forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) had a team-high 14 points, and Mesaris added 13 points, including the 1,000th of her career.

Scranton will host cross-town rival Marywood on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Wednesday, Feb. 5
Men’s basketball – at Merchant Marine Academy (7 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – vs. Marywood (7 p.m.)

Friday, Feb. 7
Men’s swimming & diving – Landmark Conference Championships, at Marywood (TBA)
Women’s swimming & diving – Landmark Conference Championships, at Marywood (TBA)

Saturday, Feb. 8
Men’s basketball – vs. Susquehanna (2 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – vs. Susquehanna (4 p.m.)
Men’s swimming & diving – Landmark Conference Championships, at Marywood (TBA)
Women’s swimming & diving – Landmark Conference Championships, at Marywood (TBA)

Sunday, Feb. 9
Men’s swimming & diving – Landmark Conference Championships, at Marywood (TBA)
Women’s swimming & diving – Landmark Conference Championships, at Marywood (TBA)


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