YORK, PA – The York College wrestling squad finished seventh of ten team at the loaded New Standard Corporation Invitational hosted by the Spartans at the M&T Field House in York. The Spartans accumulated 56.5 points.
The tournament featured four of the top 15 teams in Division III. Fourth-ranked Ithaca College edged 12th ranked College of New Jersey 140.5 to 139. Brockport finished third with 124 points while the 11th ranked Merchant Marine Academy was fourth with 120 points. Williams College, who is ranked 15th in Division III, finished fifth with a team score of 107.5. Elizabethtown finished in front of the Spartans with 90 points while Apprentice School placed eighth followed by Gloucester CC and UMBC.
The tournament, which draws one of the deepest fields of any in-season tournament on the East Coast, featured 30 returning Division III All-Americans.
The Spartans were led by a trio of top finishers. Sophomore Alex Martocello (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place) placed second at 184 while John Starcevich (Pennsville, N.J./Pennsville Memorial) placed fourth at 197 pounds. Senior Jerrid Hartman (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) was the third Spartan to earn a top six finish as the 125 pounder placed fifth in his weight class.
Martocello continues his outstanding second campaign in the Green and White. The sophomore, who entered the day with a record of 6-2, began his tournament run with a 19-3 tech fall win over Gloucester’s Adam Baales. He then edged Williams’ Nate Shippee 3-2 to advance to the semifinals. In the semis, Martocello posted a 16-6 major decision win over Brockport’s David Manzueta, punching his ticket to the championship bout. In that bout against College of New Jersey’s Mike Denver, Martocello got caught and pinned at the 4:38 mark. The loss in the championship did not dim the prospects for Martocello as he continues to make great strides for the Spartans. Denver entered the tournament as the number two seed at 184 pounds.
Starcevich is one of the Spartans’ talented newcomers. He began his day with a pin fall win over Gloucester’s Anthony Wilson. Starcevich, who was seeded fifth at 197 pounds, moved to the semifinals after he pinned TCNJ’s Kyle Falzone in a mere 40 seconds in the quarterfinals. Starcevich fell into the consolation bracket with a 15-6 major decision loss to Elizabethtown’s Bill Meaney. He bounced back to earned a 10-2 major decision win over Ithaca’s Thomas Heckman. Starcevich dropped his consolation final, falling to Merchant Marine Academy’s Eric Vincent 6-2 in a hard-fought contest.
Hartman battled all day long after having his nose broken early in his first match of the day as he defeated Elizabethtown’s Kevin Aspril 9-4. He followed that with an 8-3 win over TCNJ’s Dan Hughes in the quarterfinals. Elizabethtown’s Will Bently defeated Hartman 7-3 to kick the Spartan senior to the consolation bracket. Hartman dropped a tight and hotly contested 6-4 decision to Williams’ Josh Mattana before he bounced back to defeat Merchant Marine’s Preston Graham 15-5 to earn the fifth place finish.
The Spartans return to action next Saturday when they host a five-team meet in Charles Wolf Gymnasium. York faces PSU-DuBois at 11:00 am followed by a 12:30 match against Muhlenberg. The Spartans then face Thaddeus Stevens at 2:00 pm and then conclude the day with at 5:00 pm match vs. Wilkes University. Those meets conclude the Spartans’ fall semester portion of the schedule.
Alex Martocello photo by Scott Guise