WAYNESBURG, PA - The York College wrestling team went 1-2 at the Waynesburg University quad meet on Saturday afternoon in Waynesburg, Pa. The Spartans, who are now 3-7 overall, fell to Baldwin-Wallace 26-8, and Messiah 23-18 before downing the host Yellow Jackets 27-13 in the nightcap.
In the opener with Baldwin-Wallace, the Spartans got on the board first with Aaron Repman (Hanover, Pa./Southwestern) picking up a major decision win at 125 pounds. The Jackets picked up wins in the next six weight classes as the Spartans trailed 20-4 heading into the 184 pound bout where York’s Alex Martocello (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place) earned a major decision to bring York to within 20-8. Baldwin-Wallace closed out the match with victories at 197 pounds and heavyweight to provide for the final 26-8 margin.
Against the Falcons, Jerrid Hartman (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) and Alex Paladino (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney) opened the match with back-to-back major decisions to put York up 8-0. The Falcons got a tech fall, three straight major decisions and a win by fall to forge a 23-8 lead with three weight classes left. The Spartans received a win from James Laughlin (Hanover, Pa./Southwestern) at 184, a major decision win by George Saliba (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) at 197 and a Shane Cooley (Wrightsville, Pa./Eastern York) win at heavyweight. Unfortunately it would not be enough as York fell by five points.
The Spartans got in the win column in their final match of the day. The Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early lead but the Spartans got wins from Paladino at 133 and Aaron Formanek (Owings Mills, Md./Pine-Richland) at 141 to take the 6-4 lead. The hosts got wins in the next three weight classes to take a 13-6 lead but the Spartans stormed back to record a win in each of the final four weight classes to pull out the 27-13 win. Paul Richards (Hermon, Maine/Hermon) notched an 11-4 win at 174 followed by a Martocello win by fall at 184. John Starcevich (Pennsville, N.J./Pennsville Memorial) recorded a pin of his own at 197 while Cooley picked up his second win of the day, a pin in 1:50 in the heavyweight bout.
The Spartans are now off until December 5 when
they host the New Standard Corporation Spartan Invitational. The
action kicks off at 9:30 am in the M&T Field House at the
Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center.