YORK, Pa. – The York College wrestling squad put on a terrific performance Saturday, posting a 2-0-1 mark, as they hosted their first dual meets of the 2010-2011 campaign. The Spartans topped Lake Erie (23-15) and Messiah (18-15), and tied #30 Waynesburg (18-18) to improve to a strong 4-1-1 on the season.
The Green and White opened the quad meet with a 23-15 triumph over Lake Erie. Rookie Taylor Boyd started off the Spartan effort with a narrow 4-3 victory over Justin Toth. At 141, sophomore transfer Chris Albright snagged a 13-2 major decision as he clearly dominated his first bout of the day. Albright's quick-paced style resulted in the bonus-points victory. Chris Gugliotti followed at 149 with a solid 5-3 win before Matt Heisey shutout Tyler Leitza 9-0 at 165 pounds. The Spartans would go on to sweep the three heaviest bouts – 184, 197, and 285. Alex Martocello, York's hulking 184-pounder, picked up a 5-3 triumph while George Saliba, who continues to have a big year for the Green and White, won 5-0 at 197. Joe Erb finished off the match with a 6-0 victory at heavyweight.
With their third team win of the season securely tucked away, the Spartans turned their attention to Messiah. York opened up hot against the Falcons winning the first four matches. Senior Jerrid Hartman led off with a 3-0 victory at 125 while newcomer Chuck Glatz put the Green and White up by six with his own 5-4 triumph at 133. Albright did as he had against Lake Erie and secured another major decision victory, winning 13-5 at 141 pounds. Dan Miller, another new face in the Spartan lineup, put York up 13-0 when he won his high-scoring 149-pound bout by a 14-9 score. It would be at this point however, that Messiah began to make a comeback bid. The Falcons won the next four matches, including a pinfall by Matt Cross, to take the lead. A team-point deduction on York put the visitors up 15-12 heading into the final two bouts. Saliba came up big for the Green and White however, as the 197-pounder recorded a strong 4-0 win to bring the score back even at 15-15. An energetic and enthusiastic Erb would then give the Spartans the team victory in an exceptionally nerve-racking bout. Erb slipped past Messiah's Pat Hogan as he put together a match-securing 4-3 win at heavyweight allowing York to come away with the team triumph.
In their final match of the day, the Green and White squared off with Waynesburg – a squad that had just bested the Spartans by a mere point 18-17 at last weekend's Hershey Duals. Glatz and Albright put York up 9-3 through the first three bouts, notching a 4-0 decision and a pinfall, respectively. Waynesburg then responded with four straight wins including a fall of their own courtesy of Garrett Johnson. However, just as they had done earlier, the Spartans' heavy wrestlers recorded outstanding results. Martocello worked to a 3-1 decision at 184 pounds to bring the York side to within six at 18-12. Saliba then won yet again as he registered a 10-5 victory at 197. Needing a victory to at least secure a draw, Kyle Minogue stepped on the mat for the Green and White in the 285 bout. Minogue, who had beaten Marty Kisla in their previous outing, got the best of him once again as the Spartan heavyweight capped off York's comeback attempt with a 5-3 triumph.
On the day, Albright and Saliba in particular had simply marvelous showings for the Green and White. Albright went 3-0 courtesy of two major decision and a fall as he now improves to 9-1 on the season. Saliba also won all three of his bouts including huge late victories against Messiah and Waynesburg. The junior captain pushes his remarkable early-season start to a flawless 10-0.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday, December 4, when they host the New Standard Corporation Invitational. York's annual tournament, featuring some of the best Division III wrestlers in the region, is scheduled for a 9:30 am start from the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center's M&T Bank Fieldhouse.
Photo: Chris Albright works toward his 13-2 major decision victory against Lake Erie in York's opening match on Saturday.