Spartans Tally Commanding Dual Meet Win at Gettysburg
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The York College wrestling squad picked up a commanding 34-10 triumph at Gettysburg College Wednesday night as they continue their rejuvenated 2010-2011 campaign. The Green and White won eight of the ten matches en route to improving their dual meet record to a solid 5-1-1.
The evening began exceptionally well for the Spartan side as freshman Taylor Boyd picked up the pinfall 5:29 into his match. After two periods of little action, Boyd held a slight 3-0 advantage. However, it would not take long in the third frame for the young Spartan to catch Abe Evans for the pinfall, giving York an early 6-0 lead.
At 133 pounds, Chuck Glatz secured a tight 2-1 triumph over Matt Spano. Glatz, another Spartan rookie, recorded a two-point takedown in the first period as it initially looked as if he would command the bout. That would turn out not to be the case however, as Spano continued to battle. Called for a caution in the third period, Glatz found himself only up one and on the bottom. The freshman 133-pounder was able to finish out the match successfully though and recorded his 12th win of the year.
Up 9-0 and knowing that the Bullets were going to forfeit at 149, Spartan head coach Tom Kessler sent out York's Victor Signorelli for the 141-pound bout deciding to rest regular starter Chris Albright. That decision turned out to be a fruitful one as Signorelli, York's third straight freshman to start against the Bullets, snagged a 9-1 major decision. Signorelli, who gained not only the win but also significant mat experience, notched two takedowns in both the first and second periods before completing the major with an escape in the third.
Albert Gleichauf would then register a 7-3 triumph at 157 pounds. Wrestling against Joe Fiore, Gleichauf went down 2-0 in the first period as the Bullet sophomore notched a takedown at the 2:11 mark. It would be all Gleichauf from there on out however, as he registered an escape, a takedown, and a three-point near fall all in the second period. Gleichauf's takedown proved a thing of beauty as he picked up Fiore along the right side of the mat and flung the Bullet down to his back nearly finishing the match with that move. Despite the active second period, a quiet third finished the bout as Gleichauf gained one point for riding time to complete the 7-3 result.
The story continued to remain the same for the visiting Green and White as Matt Heisey then collected the decision at 165 pounds. Heisey, who improves to 12-5 with the win, picked up two first period takedowns and then one in the third. The junior captain recorded significant riding time during the bout – amounting to 4:16 in all – as he came away with the victory.
After Gettysburg's Jared Leon secured his 13th win of the season at 174 pounds, the Spartans got back to their winning ways at 184. Alex Martocello, who is currently ranked #10 in Division III at that class, recorded a 20-4 technical fall as he simply manhandled his opponent throughout the bout. In the first period alone, the junior captain notched three takedowns and a pair of two-point near falls. Displaying why he is one of the top wrestlers in Division III, Martocello simply took down Gettysburg's 184-pounder at will. With only six seconds remaining in the second period, Martocello completed the tech. fall with another two-point takedown as he improves to 8-2 on the campaign.
York's final victory of the evening came from 197-pound Kyle Minogue. In another strategic move, Kessler decided to rest regular starter George Saliba , another #10 wrestler on the squad, and give Minogue the opportunity at 197. Originally slated to start at heavyweight, Minogue put together a 12-1 major decision to record his sixth victory of the year. Following a relatively quiet first period – one that saw the Spartan record only one takedown – Minogue notched an escape and back-to-back takedowns in the second frame. Up 7-1, the 197-pounder pushed in the third as he tallied a two-point near fall and finished with a 2:30 advantage in riding time.
With the meet firmly in hand, the dual finished with a Spartan forfeit at heavyweight as Gettysburg's Kevin Poplaski records the win.
The Green and White now turn their attention to this weekend as they travel to Allentown, Pa. for a quad meet. There the Spartans will come up against a tough slate as they are scheduled to face Muhlenberg, #21 Wilkes, and #8 Delaware Valley. Wrestling action is set for a 11:00 am start.
Photo: Alex Martocello wrestles against King's College during a match last season - courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com