ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The #18 York College wrestling team continued to roll Saturday, as the Spartans picked up a trio of victories at the Muhlenberg Quad. The Green and White topped #14 Wilkes 19-18, host Muhlenberg 33-15, and traditional power Delaware Valley 26-9 to improve to an outstanding 8-1-1 mark on the season. The Spartans have now won six-straight dual meets as their eight team triumphs have already equaled their win total from last year.
Opening up the day against a talented Wilkes squad, the Spartans picked up five individual triumphs including a sweep of the final three bouts. Senior Jerrid Hartman kicked-the-Spartans-off to a 3-0 lead as he bested Myzar Mendoza 7-4 at 125 pounds. York's second victory came at 141 pounds as Chris Albright snagged yet another pinfall this season, his fifth on the year, as he finished his first match of the day 4:27 into the bout. Albright's bonus points victory, which would turn out to be huge, gave the Green and White a 9-3 advantage. The Spartans then hit a slump as the Colonels won the next four bouts collecting a technical fall and a major decision along the way. Down 18-9, the York squad turned to their three heaviest weights to pull out the victory. And, once again, they did not disappoint. Alex Martocello, the #10 wrestler at 184 pounds, got York back on track with an important 15-4 major over Matt Transue. The Spartans' George Saliba, ranked #9 at 197 pounds, then ripped off his 14th straight victory to open the season. The junior captain bested Dave Oberrender 9-3 to bring the York squad to within two at 18-16. Senior James Laughlin then completed the comeback victory with a more-than-significant 5-2 decision at 285 pounds.
Riding high after their win over the Colonels, the Spartans turned their attention to host Muhlenberg in the second round of the quad-meet action. York's 33-15 triumph came by way of six victories. At 125, Spartan rookie Sergo Grigorian snagged the Green and White's first of four forfeit wins. Fellow freshman Victor Signorelli, who wrestled well at the Gettysburg dual last Wednesday, collected the Spartans' second win as he picked up an 8-3 decision over the Mules' Matt Parker. Owning a 12-3 lead, Chris Gugliotti added another six to the Spartan ledger as it took him only one minute to post a pinfall in his 149-pound bout. Trent Bond (157 pounds), Jeff Goldhagen (174), and Kyle Minogue (197), each collected forfeit victories to finish off York's win total against Muhlenberg.
The Green and White completed their afternoon sweep with a 26-9 win over Delaware Valley, a squad which was ranked #8 in the November 17th Adidas/Brute NWCA poll. Hartman opened the match with a victory for the Green and White as he tallied a tight 5-4 triumph at 125 pounds. Freshman Chuck Glatz snagged the 133-pound bout with a 4-0 decision before Albright garnered a 13-0 major at 141 to go to an impressive 14-1. Of his 14 triumphs this season, the sophomore has posted nine major decisions and five pinfalls. At 149, Gugliotti added more bonus points to the Green and White's final score as he registered his second pinfall of the day, this time 4:48 into the bout. Matt Heisey and Goldhagen would later pick up 6-2 and 8-6 decisions at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively. Martocello then finished off the Spartans' individual victories with a 14-0 major at 184. Unfortunately, Saliba would suffer his first loss of the 2010-2011 season as he dropped a 3-1 decision to the Aggies' Aaron Karns in their 197-pound bout. The junior now stands at an impressive 14-1 on the campaign
Following their outstanding first semester of action, the Spartans will now enter an extended recuperation period. The Green and White do not return to action until Friday, January 7, when they travel to the two-day Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va.
Photo: Alex Martocello wrestles to one of his 15-4 major decision over Wilkes' Matt Transue Saturday at the Muhlenberg Duals - courtesy of Andrew Wible