YORK, PA - The York College wrestling squad ended the first semester portion of the their schedule with two wins in three matches at Saturday’s York College Quad Meet at the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center in York. The Spartans defeated PSU-DuBois 33-16 and Muhlenberg 42-4 before falling to nationally ranked Wilkes University 34-6 as the Spartans now stand at 5-8 for the campaign.
The day began with a win from Aaron Repman (Hanover, Pa./South Western) at 125 pounds against PSU DuBois. Teammate Alex Paladino (Magnolia, Del./Caesar Rodney) put the Spartans up 6-0 with a 14-7 win at 133 pounds. The Lions captured the next three weight classes to take a 16-6 lead through 157 pounds. The Spartans responded with a Matt Heisey (Harrisburg, Pa./Cedar Crest) tech fall at 165 pounds and a Paul Richards (Hermon, Maine/Hermon) major decision, bringing York to within one point at 16-15. York then rolled off three straight pin fall victories starting with Alex Martocello (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place) putting Steve Terwilliger on his back at the 2:36 mark in the 184-pound bout. John Starcevich (Pennsville, N.J./Pennsville Memorial) then won by fall in a time of 2:13 followed by a Shane Cooley (Wrightsville, Pa./Eastern York) heavyweight win with a pin fall victory at the 6:33 mark.
Against Muhlenberg, Spartan head coach Tom Kessler got some experience for some of his reserves. After a Jerrid Hartman (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) got a forfeit win at 125, sophomore Shaun Wagner (Dover, Pa./Northeastern) picked up a 3-1 win at 133. The Mules got a win at 141 but Evan Ennis (Jarrettsville, Md./Calvert Hall) recorded a tight 5-4 win at 149 to increase the Spartan lead to 12-4. Ryan Milbourn (Carrollton, Va./Smithfield) posted a major decision win for the Spartans at 157 and was followed by Heisey notching his second win of the day with an 8-2 win over Keith Swanson. Zach Downing (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) continued the Spartan express rolling with a tech fall at 174 followed by a John Page (Germantown, Md./Northwest) major decision at 184. Starcevich won by forfeit at 197 and Tom Fitzpatrick (LaPlata, Md./LaPlata) closed out the match with a heavyweight pin.
The match against #18 Wilkes started well for the Spartans. Hartman notched his second win of the day as he edged Scott Mantua 5-4 in the 125-pound bout. The Colonels opened up a lead with a pin fall win at 133 and a major decision at 141. The Spartans then had a trio of close losses in tight matches at 149, 157, and 165 before Frank Heffernan earned a pin fall win at 174 for the Colonels, pushing the lead to 25-3. Martocello earned his second win of the day with a 7-5 win over Jesse Villella at 184 before Wilkes won the final two weight classes to close out the match.
The Spartans are now off until January 9 when
they travel to the North/South Duals at Ursinus College. The action
is slated for a 10:00 am start.
Alex Martocello photo by Scott Guise