YORK, Pa. – 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.
Alex Martocello and Chris Gugliotti highlighted York's efforts as they put together a tremendous day for the Green and White, combining to go 6-0. Martocello, the #2-ranked wrestler at 184 pounds in Division III, rolled to his 3-0 day with two technical falls and a pinfall as he now sports an impressive 25-1 mark. Gugliotti's 3-0 performance included a pinfall and a technical fall as improves to a strong 27-10.
In their opening match of the day, York bested Hunter 22-18. Joey Giaccio opened the match with a 9-0 major decision. Following a couple bumps through the 133 and 141 classes, Gugliotti got the Green and White back on track with a 6-4 triumph at 149. Drew Spector followed that effort with a pinfall at 4:18 to give the Spartans bonus points from the 157-pound bout. In the 165 match, senior captain Matt Heisey rattled off a 12-3 major decision, including grabbing three back points in the second period. Martocello capped off the Spartan triumph with a five-point technical fall as he won 18-3.
In their second match of the day, the Spartans squared off with familiar foe TCNJ. The Lions visited York earlier in the season for the New Standard Corporation Invitational on December 3, as the two schools finished tied for third on the day, while they also met on January 14 at the Budd Whitehill Duals with the Spartans taking the 29-16 triumph. This match started off well for the home squad as Giaccio was awarded a six-point forfeit victory before Chuck Glatz secured a 3-1 decision at 133 pounds. York continued to expand on that initial advantage as #2 Chris Albright, ranked second in Division III at 141 pounds, registered a tough 5-3 triumph at 141 while Gugliotti followed up with a commanding 17-0 technical fall victory at 149. T.J. Demetrio almost kept the Spartan run going, as he was tied with TCNJ's John Darling 2-2 late in the third period. Demetrio looked like he would have a chance to score in the third but the match spilled into overtime allowing Darling to notch a two-point takedown for the sudden victory. Spector got the Spartans back into the win column as he posted a 9-1 major decision at 165 pounds before Heisey collected a 10-1 major at 174. Despite a stumble at 184, as TCNJ's #1 Mike Denver posted a four-point major decision, the Spartans came right back in the next bout as Martocello bumped up a class to 197. The senior picked up his second technical fall of the day, registering an 18-2 victory.
The final tilt featured York and #21 Elizabethtown, as the Spartans continued their triumphant course. After a hiccup at 125, Glatz picked up a decision at 133 followed by pinfalls from Albright and Gugliotti. With the Green and White leading 15-3 after four bouts, Demetrio posted an 8-1 decision at 157. Elizabethtown snagged two decisions at 157 and 165, respectively, cutting the Spartan lead to 18-9. Martocello slammed the breaks on the comeback bid as he notched a pinfall triumph at 184, just 1:43 into the match. Seth Snyder followed Martocello's pinfall with one of his own at 197. Trailing 3-1 in the third period, Snyder registered the six-point triumph with 57 seconds remaining in the bout.
On the afternoon, Giaccio (24-6), Albright (19-2), Spector (13-10), and Heisey (24-8) each recorded 2-1 efforts while Glatz (19-12) went 2-0 for the Green and White.
Prior to today's quad meet, Spartan head coach Tom Kessler was honored with two recognition awards, from the NWCA and the York College athletic department in honor of achieving 300 career dual meet wins. Presenting the awards were assistants Duane Bastress and Cory King as well as former head coach Rich Achtzehn and Assistant Director of Athletics and Recreation Matt Day.
The Spartans return to action on Friday, February 10, as they play host to Division II Kutztown. Match time from York's Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center is slated for 7:00 pm.
PHOTO: Drew Spector wrestles toward a victory during his 165-pound match against TCNJ. Courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Student Photographer.