YORK, PA – The York College wrestling team welcomes 13 squads to the M&T Bank Field House on Saturday, December 1 for the annual New Standard Corporation Invitational in York.
This year's edition of the tournament features four ranked squads and 13 nationally ranked wrestlers. Ithaca is the top ranked team at the tournament as the Bombers are eighth in the most recent NWCA Adidas Brute Coaches Poll. The host Spartans are ranked 20th while The College of New Jersey checks in at 21. Johnson & Wales is the fourth ranked squad at 30th in the poll.
Ithaca is the defending champions as the Bombers outdistanced second-place Brockport State by 19.5 points. York and College of New Jersey finished tied for third with 85.5 points while Johnson & Wales rounded out the top five with 71 points. Ithaca has won all three editions of the tournament.
The lower weights are loaded with highly ranked wrestlers. Johns Hopkins' Paul Bewak is ranked first in the nation at 125 pounds while Ithaca's Ricardo Gomez is fifth. The 133-pound weight class features a trio of ranked competitors as TCNJ's Dan Herr is third, Ithaca's Alex Gomez is fourth and United States Coast Guard Academy's (USCGA) Nate Giorgio is seventh. Giorgio was the 125-pound champion at last year's tournament.
The 149-pound bracket has Delaware Valley's Emmanuel Ajagbe is third while York's Vinny Pisani (Orange, Calif./El Modena) is seventh. Pisani is 8-1 and has won seven straight decisions after suffering his only loss of the year in his second match of 2012-13.
At 157-pounds, Ithaca's Derek Brennon is ranked third while TCNJ's John Darling is the fourth-ranked wrestler at 165-pounds. Ithaca's Jules Doliscar is second at 174 pounds. TCNJ's Brian Broderick is third at 184-pounds for the Lions.
The heavyweight division features two young stars as York freshman Mike Spencer (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) is eighth and Elizabethtown sophomore Jeremy Reith is tenth in the class.
The 141-pound class and the 197-pound class are the only two weight classes that don't feature a nationally ranked wrestler in the tournament.
Spartan head coach Tom Kessler believes this is one of the best tournaments on the East Coast.
"We have consistently had one of the biggest and toughest fields for an in-season tournament in the country," said the Spartan head coach. "I don't think people in this area realize how lucky they are to have such a nationally recognized tournament in their own back yard. We are excited to have another great field for the tournament."
In addition to Giorgio, other returning champions from last year's tournament include Elizabethtown's Colin Sheridan (149 pounds), Darling (157 pounds), and Doliscar (174 pounds).
The tournament is sponsored by The New Standard Corporation. New Standard, a team of 400 associates in three U.S. locations, has a history of differentiating itself within the markets and industries it has serviced. Today, New Standard is a strategic provider for metal-based components, sub-assemblies and finished products. The focus remains on advanced and value engineering, manufacturing technology, global procurement, and consultative selling which enables the company to produce and deliver these products from design through distribution.
The New Standard Corporation took over as the title sponsor for the former Spartan Invitational three years ago as this year's tournament will be the fourth New Standard Corporation Invitational in the M&T Bank Field House.
The action kicks off at 9:30 am with semi-finals and 3rd round consolations set for 3:30 pm. The finals are tentatively slated for a 7:30 pm start.