This past week: Colonel Athletics in Brief 2/20


WREST: On Senior Day, the Colonels dominated cross-town rival King’s College, 44-6. Wilkes took three matches by forfeit, but still outwrestled the visiting Monarchs, 26-6, in contested matches. Seniors Jake Dimarsico (Forfeit), Matt Grossmann (Decision, 6-1), Josh Evans  (Forfeit) and Bilal Bici (Decision, 5-4) all picked up victories.

MVB: The Colonels dropped a pair of matches in the Knights Challenge hosted by Arcadia. Wilkes fell to Hunter (19-25, 19-25 and 20-25) and Mount Saint Vincent (18-25, 23-25 and 20-25). Senior Daniel Sales led the way against Hunter with eight kills, 10 assists and three digs. Senior Dylan Smith paced the Colonels with 10 kills against Mt. Saint Vincent.


WBB: Sophomore Sierra Smith scored 11 points, but would not be enough in the cross-town rivalry against King’s as the Lady Colonels fell 82-49.

MBB: See page 19.


MLAX:  The Colonels were faced with a 9-2 halftime deficit and could not recover as the University of Scranton defeated Wilkes 14-5 in the season opener. Senior Jeremy Kachel notched two goals in the loss.

MVB: The Colonels won their first ever match in Middle Atlantic Conference play as they defeated visiting Misercordia in four sets (22-25, 25-22, 26-24 and 25-23). Senior Brian Schumacher tallied 8 kills in the match and finished with a team-high .357 hitting percentage. The Colonels also took a sweep against York College (25-8, 25-20 and 27-29). Senior Daniel Sales and sophomore Salvatore Purpura provided 18 and 17 assists, respectively.


MSWIM: Two relay teams took the pool as the 200 medley group of freshman Jared Byrne, sophomore Anthony Stampone, freshman Justin Burda and freshman Nick Martino set a new school record with a time of 1:40.62 and the team’s first podium first since the mid-1970s and sophomore Cameron Aspey, freshman Christopher Daley, freshman Mike Petit and freshman Tyler Weatherby finished the 800 freestyle relay with another school record-breaking time of 7:52.03.

WSWIM: The Lady Colonel team of freshman Abby Keating, sophomore Kyleigh  Smeltzer, junior Allie Aspey and junior Morgan Williams touched in 10th place in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:59.16.


MSWIM: The relay team of Bryne, Stampone, Burda and Martno captured yet another podium finish (seventh) by finising the 400 medley relay in 3:42.27, also a school record. Byrne also set a program record of his own by finishing the 100 backstroke in 54.70.

WSWIM: The relay team of Keating, Smeltzer, Aspey and Williams also set a new school record in the 400 medley with a time of 4:25.07.

WREST: Freshman Kyle Trout, senior Matt Grossmann, junior Josh Evans and sophomore Kyle Medrow all picked major decisions in the 23-21 lost as the University of Scranton pulled off the upset in day one of the 2018 Cross County Challenge. Junior John Ritter also added a technical fall in the loss.


WREST: The Colonels picked up fives victories by forfeit and defeated Keystone College on the second day of the 2018 Cross County Challenge. Wilkes won the contested matches 16-6, while winning the match 46-6. Grossmann, junior Josh Evans, junior Ashton Gyenizs and freshman Moustafa Almeky all picked up victories in the team rout.

WBB: See page 20.

MBB: See page 19.

MSWIM: Burda broke his own program in the 100 fly finals with a time a 53.50. He placed 11th in that event.

WSWIM: Keating broke her own program record in the 400 IM with a second place finish in the A final in 4:44.85.