Adam Healey is back on the mat for the Bucknell University wrestling team.
Healey, from Wilkes-Barre (Wyoming Seminary), posted a 38-44 record in his first three seasons with the Bison but took a year off from school and wrestling. He returned this season and is one of six seniors on the squad.
Healey is competing at 149 pounds and is 6-7 in the early going. In the recent Hoosier Duals at Indiana University he was 1-2. He lost 2-0 to a George Washington wrestler, scored a 3-2 victory against host Indiana and was pinned in his match against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
It's early in the season and I'm looking for Adam to improve every day and in every competition, coach Dan Wirnsberger said. And, he will make gains in every match as long as he continues to prepare well during the week.
The fact that Healey is a senior makes the coach feel that it will help him as the Bison battles through its challenging schedule despite missing last season.
Getting back into a competitive mindset is important for Adam, Wirnsberger said. He is a very talented wrestler and through hard work and discipline he can reach his individual goals for this year. I am looking for big things from him as we move into the second half of the season.
Bucknell has two tough matches before the holiday break, facing No. 5-ranked Iowa Sunday at New York's Madison Square Garden and then taking on No. 2-ranked Oklahoma State Monday in the home mat in Lewisburg.
PASONE IMPRESSIVE – Freshman Vito Pasone (Meyers) is competing with the Appalachian State wrestling team. He's a three-time high school All-American and a national champion.
This season, Pasone is wrestling at 125 pounds and has a 13-3 record. He was 5-1 in The Citadel Open, 4-1 in the Pembroke Open and 4-1 in the King College Open. He's recorded four pins.
Vito has done a tremendous job and is improving this first semester, coach JohnMark Bentley said. He has worked hard in the weight room to grow into 125 and I believe by next year he will fill into the weight class nicely.
Pasone, like most freshmen, will see limited action in dual meets – the Mountaineers using nationally ranked Dominic Parisi at 125 pounds. But he will see action in tournaments and the next one will be the Reno Open Saturday in Reno, Nev.
Vito is a great kid with a strong work ethic and I'm excited about his future impact on our program, Bentley said.
SKORSKI KEYS DUTCHMEN – Junior Tyler Skorski, who played hockey and lacrosse at Wyoming Seminary, is having a big offensive year for the nationally ranked Lebanon Valley men's hockey team.
Skorski, a defenseman, has six goals and 11 assists for 17 points with four power play goals. He had a goal and three assists in an 8-2 victory over Scranton on Sunday.
When I took the job here last year I asked a couple of the older players who the impact players were on the team, coach Don Parsons said. All of the seniors and juniors told me that Tyler was the team's best defenseman and a leader in the locker room. He was just coming off his freshman year so getting that much respect from older guys said a lot.
Skorski has lived up to the advanced billing.
Tyler is the consummate leader on the ice, in the locker room and in the community, Parsons said. My only regret is that I will only have one more year with him.
The Dutchmen, 14-1 overall and 6-1 in the Eastern Collegiate Hockey League, are ranked 21st in the country but will not return to the ice until Jan. 10 when they face Drexel in Philadelphia.
MASELIKEVICH TOES THE LINE – Freshman Kayla Maselikevich (Hazleton Area) is competing with the Kutztown women's bowling team, which is 34-12 and figures to move up from its 12th-place ranking in the pre-season poll when the new poll comes out next month.
The right-hander is seeing regular action. Because 60 to 70 percent of the Golden Rams matches are in the Baker format (alternate bowling), it's tough to get her average, but coach Joe Ambrose figures she's around 19.0 which translates into a 190 average.
Kayla has been a very pleasant surprise, Ambrose said. She throws a very, very powerful ball and is working on controlling it. She has been extremely valuable to our team especially in our Baker formats due to her ability and her natural energy that rubs off on everyone else.
Kutztown will open the second half of the season Jan. 25 with the Kutztown Invitational in Reading.
Our goal is to make the top eight and be selected for the NCAA Nationals, Ambrose said.
A FIRST FOR GULIUS – Cecilia Gulius (Coughlin) is competing with the Utica College women's swim team. She recently won her first collegiate race – capturing the 100 freestyle in a 159-123 victory over Cazenovia. Her time of 1:01.87 bested the second-place finisher by almost seven seconds. She also finished second in the 50 free (29.04) and third in the 200 free (2:23.10). And she was a member of the winning 200 free relay.
Cece has done a great job this semester, coach Erin Knight said. I think we thought she would be doing a lot of backstroke but instead she has become one of our best freestylers. She has continually dropped time with each meet.
The Pioneers are off until Jan. 11 when they host Alfred in Utica, N.Y.
CUNNINGHAM A BUSY FROSH – Freshman D.J. Cunningham (Hazleton Area) competes in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle and as a member of the 200 and 400 free relays for the Lycoming men's swim team.
In a recent 144-106 victory over Hood, Cunningham finished second in both the 500 and 1,000.
D.J. is one of our top distance swimmers, coach Jerry Hammaker said. He is a very hard-working freshman and he is right on track this season. We are looking forward to continued improvement through our conference meet in February.
The Warriors are off until Jan. 12 when they face Lebanon Valley in Annville. The Middle Atlantic Conference Championships are Feb. 8-10 in Wilkes-Barre.
DUO WITH CRUSADERS – Senior Kailey Roberts (Crestwood) and sophomore Loren Schott (Hazleton Area) are members of the Susquehanna women's swim team.
Roberts competes in the 100 free and 100 and 200 breaststroke for the Crusaders.
Kailey has posted lifetime bests in the 200 breast (2:41.0) and 100 breast (1:15.32) thus far, coach Gerard Foley said. We expect her to continue to improve throughout her senior year.
Schott is still looking for her first competition of the season.
Loren has been injured most of the fall and just started practicing again last week, Foley said. We are optimistic based on her early-season training that she will exceed her results from last season.
Schott will join the Crusaders on their training trip to Tampa, Fla. (Dec. 28-Jan. 6) as the team prepares for the second half of the season.
Bill Arsenault covers local athletes competing at the collegiate level. He can be reached by email at [email protected].