2011-12 Wrestling News

May 17, 2012
Kessler and Bastress Get Hall Call
The York College wrestling program received outstanding news recently as the National Wrestling Coaches Association has announced that a pair of Spartans have earned induction into the NWCA National Division III Hall of Fame. Spartan head coach Tom Kessler and former All-American and current assistant coach Duane Bastress will enter the Hall of Fame together in March 2013.

March 19, 2012
Heisey Named Scholar All-American; Spartans 25th in Nation Academically
York College senior wrestler Matt Heisey received a great honor as he garnered a Division III Scholar All-American award from the National Wrestling Coaches Association after an outstanding 2011-2012 season. Heisey becomes the 21st wrestler in Spartan wrestling history to be named a Scholar All-American as those 21 wrestlers have achieved the honor 29 times. Additionally, the York College wrestling team received Scholar All-American status with a team GPA of 3.167, which ranks 25th in the nation.

March 13, 2012
Bastress Named NWCA National Assistant Coach of the Year
Adding even more to a tremendous 2011-2012 campaign, York College wrestling assistant coach Duane Bastress has been named the National Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Bastress received the tremendous honor at the 2012 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships this previous Friday and Saturday in La Crosse, Wis

March 10, 2012
Spartans Finish 2011-12 with Three All-Americans
The second day of the 2012 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships saw Spartans Alex Martocello, George Saliba, and Chris Albright each finish in the top-six in the nation.

March 9, 2012
Saliba, Martocello, Albright All-Americans; Vying for National Titles
The first day of the 2012 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships proved an exceptional one for the York College wrestling team as a trio of Spartans captured All-American honors. George Saliba, Alex Martocello, and Chris Albright each turned in a pair of victories to ensure All-American status this season. These accolades mark the 28th All-American honors a Spartan has captured, dating back to 1973, awarded to 24 different wrestlers. Spartan head coach Tom Kessler has seen a Spartan collect the tremendous accolade 18 times from 14 different wrestlers during his tenure.

March 8, 2012
Spartans Send Four to NCAA Wrestling Championships
After putting together a record-setting 2012 campaign, the York College wrestling team sends four individuals to the NCAA Championships, the most since the 2005-2006 squad which also sent four wrestlers and finished fifth in the nation. The Spartans, currently ranked #10, send Alex Martocello, Chris Albright, Matt Heisey, and George Saliba to the national tournament. Talented and experienced, three of the four are seniors while the lone junior, Albright, was an All-American last season. As a group, these four sport a combined 2012 record of 116-16 and will each look to vie for All-American accolades.

February 26, 2012
Albright, Heisey Victorious; Kessler, Bastress Claim Honors; Spartans Nab Second at Metros
Chris Albright and Matt Heisey captured individual titles as the York College wrestling squad took second overall at the 2012 Metropolitan Conference Championships. The Spartans missed out on first by a mere half-point as Centenary took the team championship with 111 points to York’s 110.5. Wilkes finished third with 103 points. Following the Championships, Spartan head coach Tom Kessler garnered his fourth league Coach-of-the-Year award while assistant coach Duane Bastress was honored as the Metropolitan Conference Assistant Coach-of-the-Year.

February 17, 2012
Spartans End Record Regular Season with 27-10 Win
The York College wrestling squad rolled to a 27-10 in their 2011-12 regular season finale against McDaniel College on Friday night in York. The Spartans, who are ranked 15th in the nation, improve to a 25-4 while McDaniel falls to 6-13.

February 10, 2012
Kutztown Scoots By #15 Spartans in Friday Tilt
The York College wrestling team, currently ranked #15 in Division III, fell to visiting Kutztown University Friday evening 25-14 at the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center in York. With the loss the Spartans fall to 24-4 while the Golden Bears improve to 7-4 on the season.

February 4, 2012
#15 Spartans Set New Single-Season Wins Record
The York College wrestling team established a new single-season wins record as they went 3-0 at their quad meet on Saturday afternoon. Held in the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center, the Spartans topped each of the three visiting squads, besting Hunter 22-18, #30 TCNJ 30-13, and #21 Elizabethtown 30-15. For the season, the Green and White now stand at 24-3, breaking the old mark of 21 dual meet triumphs set back in the 2002-2003 season and equaled last year.

January 28, 2012
KESSLER CAPTURES WIN #300! Spartans Win Mid-Penn Duals
York College wrestling head coach Tom Kessler captured his 300th victory at the helm of the Spartan wrestling program Saturday as the Green and White squad picked up the Mid-Penn Duals Championship Saturday afternoon in Millersville.

January 20, 2012
#11 Spartans Roll Past King's
The nationally ranked York College wrestling squad cruised to a 50-0 win over King’s College on Friday evening in York. The Spartans, who are ranked 11th in the nation, improve to 18-3 overall while the Monarchs fall to 2-7.

January 14, 2012
Wrestling Rolls to Three Wins at Whitehill Duals as Spartans Finish 5th
The 11th ranked York College wrestling squad had an outstanding second day at the Budd Whitehill Duals on Saturday in Williamsport, PA. The Spartans picked up a trio of victories as the Green and White finished fifth in the highly competitive 20-team field. With the three wins, the Spartans improve to 17-3 overall as York has won 14 of their last 15 matches.

January 13, 2012
Spartan Wrestlers Go 2-1 at Friday's Whitehill Duals
The 11th ranked York College wrestling squad went 2-1 during the first day of the highly competitive Budd Whitehill Duals hosted by Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA on Friday. The Spartans defeated RIT 23-21 in the opening round. The Green and White then bounced Rhode Island 29-9 in the second round. York’s 11-match win streak came to an end in the day’s final match as York fell to Ohio Northern, 19-16.

January 7, 2012
Spartans Post 4-0 Mark at North/South Duals
The #12 York College wrestling put together an outstanding performance Saturday as they registered a 4-0 mark at the North/South Duals hosted by Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. The Spartans, returning from Christmas break in fine style, bested Wesleyan 30-6, #20 Stevens 29-12, U.S. Coast Guard Academy 47-0, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy 38-9. Those four triumphs improve the Spartan mark to 12-2 overall, including a current nine-match winning streak.

December 10, 2011
#22 York Tops #11 Wilkes, Delaware Valley in Saturday Matches
The #22 York College wrestling team picked up a pair of quality wins Saturday at the Wilkes Quad in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The Spartans bested Delaware Valley 23-12, topped #11 Wilkes 22-13, and finished off the day against Muhlenberg however no team score was kept.

December 6, 2011
York vs. Gettysburg Match to Benefit York Area Down Syndrome Association
In support of the York Area Down Syndrome Association, the York College wrestling squad takes on Gettysburg Wednesday evening as the match’s proceeds will be donated to this outstanding organization!

November 19, 2011
Spartans Go 2-1 at Messiah Duals; Giaccio Tops Nation's #1 at 125
The #17 York College wrestling squad put together a 2-1 mark at the Messiah Duals on Saturday in Grantham, Pa. The Spartans opened the event with a 22-19 loss to #29 Messiah before topping Waynesburg, 18-15, and Lake Erie, 29-13, in the latter two matches to improve to 5-2 on the season.

November 12, 2011
#10 Wrestling Has Solid Saturday in Harrisburg
The tenth-ranked York College wrestling squad went 2-1 at Saturday’s Wrestle for a Cure event held at the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg, PA. The Spartans went 2-1 as they defeated American International 27-12 and #30 Johns Hopkins 27-13 before tying Shippensburg 18-18. The tie against the Red Raiders turned into a loss when Shippensburg won on criteria.

November 5, 2011
Martocello Leads Spartans to Second Place Finish to Open the Year
The nationally ranked York College wrestling squad opened their 2011-12 season with a very strong showing at the Kings College Monarch Invitational on Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The Spartans finished the day second of 13 teams as they accumulated 117 points for the tournament.

November 2, 2011
2011-2012 York College Wrestling Season Preview
High expectations. Following an impressive season a year ago, and with national recognition early this season, high expectations are exactly what the York College wrestling team has coming into the 2011-2012 campaign.

August 17, 2011
TOP 5 COUNTDOWN: #2 - 2005-06 Wrestling
The number two team in our countdown features a squad that was unbelievably talented, decidedly focused, and highly experienced. The 2005-2006 wrestling team entered the season coming off a year in which the Spartans finished a solid 17-7-1 and saw Duane Bastress, as a junior, capture York’s first individual national title since Joe Waltemyer in 1974.

July 8, 2011
Alex Martocello Interview from OTC (Second Blog added)
Assistant York College wrestling coach Brandon Bailey interviewed Spartan rising senior Alex Martocello on his experience during training at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Martocello is training in the Greco-Roman style of wrestling at the center.

July 7, 2011
Martocello Attending U.S. Olympic Training Facility
York College wrestling All-American Alex Martocello has received a unique opportunity this summer as he has been invited to train in the Greco-Roman style of wrestling at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Col.

June 30, 2011
Keystone Wrestling Camp Held at York College
Wrestling stars of the past, present, and future converged on York College this week as the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center played host to the 2011 Keystone Wrestling Camp. Highlighting this year’s camp, former NCAA Division I standouts Cael Sanderson and Kerry McCoy visited during Tuesday’s session as guest instructors.