January 23, 2010

Spartans Drop Close Contest to Kings

YORK, PA – The York College wrestling team fell 20-12 to visiting King’s College Saturday afternoon in the Spartans’ final home meet of the 2009-2010 campaign. With the loss, the Green and White now stand at 8-16 for the year while the Monarchs move to 12-8.

Despite the defeat, the young Spartans posted several quality matches including four victories. Aaron Repman (Hanover, Pa./South Western) led off the match with an 8-1 victory at 125 pounds. Repman, who controlled the match from the start, now owns a 9-6 record for the season.

At 141 pounds, freshman Chris Gugliotti (Swoyersville, Pa./Pittston Area) nabbed York’s second triumph of the afternoon, picking up a 9-3 decision over Franklin Davis. Gugliotti’s victory pushes the Spartan rookie to a 9-10 mark, including a quality recent stretch, that will bode well for him come the Metro Conference Championships as well as next season.

Matt Heisey (Harrisburg, Pa./Cedar Crest), a sophomore captain for the Spartans, picked up a 7-0 shutout decision over Jerry Robbins at 165 pounds. One of York’s more talented and potential-filled wrestlers, Heisey’s victory pulls his 2009-2010 record to .500 at 13-13.

York’s fourth win of the afternoon came from fellow sophomore captain Alex Martocello (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place) at 184. In control of the match early, a banged up Martocello pushed out to an initial lead before the Monarchs’ Frank Marinucci battled back to knot the match at 7-7 late in the in contest. Martocello pulled out the victory with a late escape, providing the sophomore with his 19th win of the season.

Perhaps the match’s most thrilling bout came in the 285-pound division between York’s Thomas Fitzpatrick (LaPlata, Md./LaPlata) and King’s Peter Dwyer. Fitzpatrick, one of York’s two seniors honored prior to the match, scored an escape point early aginst Dwyer before the 285-pound Monarch posted a point of his own to tie the score. The pair would trade points, pushing the final match into overtime. Fitzpatrick and Dwyer would each have the upper hand at various points during the bout, which stretched into four overtimes. However, it was Dwyer at the end of the fourth extra session that took the 7-6 victory on riding time.

That match closes out the Spartan home careers of Fitzpatrick and 133-pound Josh Trainor (Manchester, Md./North Carroll). The pair helped the Green and White to a 49-44-1 mark over the last four seasons.

The York squad returns to the mat on Thursday, January 28, as they travel to Division II Shippensburg. The Spartans and Raiders square off in a 7:00 p.m. match.

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Alex Martocello photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com)

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