The University of Scranton wrestling team won the Jim Crytzer Memorial Invitational at Washington & Lee in Lexington, Va. for the first time in school history on Saturday, riding individual victories by juniors Daniel D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) and Kevin Merle (Stroudsburg, Pa./Belvidere), and freshman William Laughlin (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn).
The Royals had 11 wrestlers earn top-five finishes while finishing with 130.5 points, easily outpointing the host Washington & Lee, which finished with 112.5. John Carroll was third at 103.5 in the nine-team event.
D'Agostini captured the title at 197 pounds, Merle was the winner at 165 and Laughlin won the crown at 157.
Scranton also received a pair of second-place finishes from sophomore Keegan Connelly (Schnecksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) at 197 pounds and freshman Kyle Shaffer (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) at 157 pounds.
The University of Scranton wrestling team will return to action on Thursday, Jan. 11, when they travel to Elizabethtown, Pa. to take on Elizabethtown in a dual match at 7 p.m.
Men's Basketball (4-8, 1-1 Landmark)
The men's basketball team went 2-0 during the week, including a home victory in Landmark Conference play.
The Royals opened the 2018 calendar year with a 63-54 win at Gettysburg on Wednesday, Jan. 3. They held Gettysburg to just four points over the last 6:49 to pull out the victory.
Sophomore forward Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) led Scranton with a game-high 18 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists. Senior guard Mitch Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) continued his hot shooting with three 3-pointers en route to 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal. And sophomore guard Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) added 15 points in the victory.
On Saturday, Jan. 6, the Royals won their third straight, pulling away from Elizabethtown for a 75-68 win in a Landmark Conference game in the Long Center. The Royals used a 10-0 run in the second half to take control.
Senior guard Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) canned four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 23 points. He also had six rebounds, three assists and a steal. The 23 points give him 989 for his career, leaving him 11 shy of becoming the 43rd player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.
Mancuso had another strong game with 14 points, five assists, four rebounds and a steal, and DeVerna finished with 13 points, three rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Senior center Drew Schankweiler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds, and Cross had his third straight game in double figures with 10 points and six rebounds.
The Royals are baack in action on Wednesday, Jan. 10, when they host Susquehanna in a Landmark Conference game at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.
Women's Basketball (12-1, 1-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women's basketball team posted its seventh straight victory, defeating Elizabethtown, 78-63, in a Landmark Conference game in the Long Center on Saturday, Jan. 6.
Junior guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) hit five of those 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 21 points. She also had five rebounds and an assist. Senior guard Katie Broderick (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc en route to 13 points, three assists, two steals and a rebound. Sophomore guard Julia Gantz (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) came off the bench to add 11 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Sophomore forward Makenzie Mason (Downingtown, Pa./Central Bucks West) also had her typical strong all-around game, finishing with 10 points, seven assists, four rebounds and a block.
The Lady Royals return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 10, when they travel to Selinsgrove, Pa. to take on Susquehanna in a Landmark Conference game at 7 p.m.
This Week In Scranton Athletics
Wednesday, Jan. 10
Men's basketball -- vs. Susquehanna (7 p.m.)
Women's basketball -- at Susquehanna (7 p.m.)
Thursday, Jan. 11
Wrestling -- at Elizabethtown (7 p.m.)
Saturday, Jan. 13
Men's swimming & diving -- at Elizabethtown (1 p.m.)
Women's swimming & diving -- at Elizabethtown (1 p.m.)
Men's basketball -- vs. Goucher (2 p.m.)
Women's basketball -- vs. Goucher (4 p.m.)