November 11, 2009

Spartans Drop Tight Home-Opener

YORK, PA - After a late match surge the York College wrestling team (0-3) failed to conjure up a comeback, falling to McDaniel College (1-0) by a score of 22-19. The match began with both sides trading points with the Spartans ultimately finding themselves in a hole after the light-weight matches. The Green and White then rattled off a major decision to tie the match and a decision to take a three point lead into the final match before being denied by the Green Terror.

The first match of the night for the Spartans was the 125-pound bout between York’s Aaron Repman (Hanover, Pa./South Western) and McDaniel’s Earl Eppard. After an up and down match through the first two periods Repman was able to pull Eppard to his back for two quick back points. With under a minute remaining in the match Repman again garnered control and forced Eppard to his back gaining three ensuing points to end in a 9-7 victory for Repman (1-2) and a Spartan 3-0 opening match lead.

Tommy Goretsas dominated the beginning of the 133-pound bout against Shaun Wagner (Dover, Pa./ Northeastern). Goretsas caught Wagner reaching for his back leg on multiple occasions, which resulted in an early 6-1 lead only a minute into the match. Wagner  (1-3) chose the bottom position after the decision was deferred to York, following a close attempt at a switch Wagner found himself in an 11-2 hole at the end of the second period. Wagner began the third period with a quick escape and went back to work in an attempt to close the gap on an eight-point deficit. Goretsas thwarted many attempts by Wagner, including a swift attempt at a double leg takedown and Goretsas went on to score a major decision, giving McDaniel a 4-3 match lead.

In the 141 pound match, the Green and White’s Chris Gugliotti (Swoyersville, Pa./ Pittston Area) faced the Green Terror’s Mike Tancredi. Tancredi scored on a takedown and Gugliotti fought hard to regain control through the first period but could not manage to score any points. Down 2-0 through the first two periods, the Spartan freshmen chose the bottom position in hopes of scoring a two-point reversal to tie the match. Gugliotti (1-3) was able to score a one-point escape. Tancredi was then called a second time for stalling and Gugliotti was awarded the tying point. The bout ended in a tie by points, however Tancredi was awarded the win with a better ride time for the match.

The Green Terror continued their win streak by scoring a :32 second pin in the 149 pound match between York’s Evan Ennis (Jarrettsville, Md./ Calvert Hall) and McDaniel’s Brent Lowe. Lowe caught Ennis (1-3) reaching behind in the early going of the match and took him to his back. The takedown was quickly transferred into a half nelson and a pin for the Green Terror bolstering them to a 13-3 lead.

The Spartans got back in the win column behind the work of freshman Alan Dyer (Laurel Springs, N.J./ Camden Catholic) in the 157-pound skirmish. Dyer (1-2) got out to an early lead with a one-legged take down, and began to work the arm bar from the top position. The Spartan locked in the arm bar for two back points. Entering the final period and holding onto a two-point lead, Dyer quickly scored a takedown to stretch the lead back to four points at 6-2, Peters earned an escape and the match ended by a 6-3 score pulling McDaniel’s lead back to seven points for the match.

The Spartans continued to rally behind sophomore Matt Heisey (Harrisburg, Pa./Cedar Crest) in his 165-pound battle against the Green Terror’s  Marcus Carter. An early takedown earned Heisey (1-2) a 2-0 lead. Heisey had Carter on his back early, quickly scoring the pin at 1:44 to earn six points for the Spartans in the process pulling the margin to one at 13-12.

The 174-pound match turned out to be a standing battle through the first period with neither of the two competitors giving in to one another’s attempts at a takedown. York’s Paul Richards (Hermon, Maine/ Hermon) began the second period on the bottom, underneath McDaniel’s Scott Forrester. Richards jumped out front scoring on a smooth escape to gain the one point advantage in the bout. Later in the period, Richards found himself entangled in the opponent and was taken down, but was able to escape to force a 2-2 tie going into the final period. Richards could not hold Forrester on the bottom in the final period with the McDaniel’s product scoring a 5-2 victory, earning a takedown in the final minute.  The win extended the McDaniel lead to four by a score of 16-12.

The 184-pound match between the Green and White’s Alex Martocello (Miller Place, N.Y./ Miller Place) and the Green Terror’s Will Yeo began with a scoreless first period. Martocello (1-2) started the second period on top, however Yeo was awarded a point for a locked hands violation on the Spartan sophomore. Martocello regained the lead after being awarded three back points and was able to retrieve five more back points. A takedown in the closing seconds of the match earned Martocello a major decision by a score of 11-2, pulling the Spartans even with two matches remaining.

In the second to last bout of the night, 197 pounders George Saliba (Pennigton, N.J./ Hopewell Valley Central), a Spartan product, took on McDaniel’s Joe Camlin. Saliba (1-2) scored on an early second period escape, following another scoreless first half. The Spartan sophomore scored two points on a takedown to carry a 4-1 lead into the third and final period. The bout ended in a Spartan victory by a score of 6-2, giving the Green and White a three-point advantage entering the final bout of the night. 

That is when the 285-pound big men took the floor with the match on the line. For the Spartans Tom Fitzpatrick (LaPlata, Md./ LaPlata) squared off against McDaniel’s Brock Glotfelty. Glotfelty, who garnered All-American honors last season, earned the first points of the match by taking down Fitzpatrick early in the first period,  the Spartan senior was unable to recover and was forced on his back for the pin as McDaniel captured the 22-19 match victory.

The loss hands the Spartans to their fifth straight defeat, with their last team victory coming against Hunter on February 7, 2009. The Green and White will look to get into the win column with a return to the mat on Saturday, November 14, for the John Reese Duals in Wilkes Barre, Pa. Starting at 11:00 am the Spartans will face Mt. St. Joe's, Scranton, New York University, and Ithaca.

MATCH RESULTS

Photo: Matt Heisey recorded a pinfall in his 165-pound bout to register his first win of the year - courtesy of Scott Guise

Match story written by Garrett Wampler - York College sports information student-intern

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