Giaccio and Zak Finish Second as Spartans Finish Fifth

Giaccio and Zak Finish Second as Spartans Finish Fifth

YORK, PA – The York College wrestling squad had a strong showing at their 2013 New Standard Corporation Invitational on Saturday at the M&T Bank Fieldhouse in the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center in York. The Spartans finished fifth of 13 teams as the Green and White accumulated 79.5 points for the day.

Johnson & Wales ended Ithaca's four-year run of championships as the Wildcats edged the Bombers 119.5-117.5. Delaware Valley finished third with 99 points while Brockport placed fourth with a team score of 94.5.

The Spartans had two wrestlers advance to the championship round of their weight class while they also had a third, two fifths, and a pair of sixth place finishes in the tough tournament.

York junior Joey Giaccio (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) and freshman Nick Zak (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Liberty) both advanced to the championships of their weight classes for the Spartans.

Giaccio began his trip through the 141-pound draw with a 17-3 major decision over Brockport's Peter Ottaviano in the opening round. Giaccio then recorded a tight 11-9 win over Johnson & Wales Matt Caracappa in the quarterfinals. Giaccio advanced to the championship with a solid 11-6 win over Williams' Carson Brooks. Johnson & Wales Michael Ferinde upended Giaccio in the finals as he earned a 5-3 win. Ferinde had the advantage of not having to wrestle in the semifinals as he advanced via a forfeit.

Zak made his first New Standard Invitational an impressive one en route to his second place finish at 184 pounds. Zak began his day with a 3-1 win over Ithaca's Liam Korbul in the opening round. He then notched a 17-1 tech fall over TCNJ's Ricky Cordero to advance to the semifinals. Zak continued to roll with a pin fall victory over Johnson & Wales' Jared Mesiti. Zak pinned Mesiti in a time of 4:04. Johnson & Wales Colin Lenhardt ended Zak's run with a 7-1 victory in the championship. Lenhardt is ranked ninth nationally.

York's Zach Coleman (Belcamp, Md./Harford Technical) posted a third-place finish at 197 pounds. Coleman won his first two matches in the tournament. He defeated Tyler Russell from Kings Point 8-7 and then pinned Williams' Anthony Brooks in the quarterfinals. Brockport's Paul Glover edged Coleman 2-0 in the semifinals but the Spartan sophomore bounced back to pin his next two opponents to earn the third place finish.

Sophomore Adam Kritzer (Herndon, Va./Line Moutain) earned a fifth place finish at 157 pounds. Kritzer fell in the quarterfinals and then won two bouts before being edged 3-0 by Ithaca's Kevin Collins in the consolation semifinals. Kritzer earned a 7-5 win over Johns Hopkins Christian Salera in the fifth place match.

Sophomore Mike Spencer (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) was the other Spartan to record a fifth place finish. The Spartan heavyweight dropped his first match, falling to Brockport's Cole Tristram in his first match. Spencer then worked his way back to the consolation semifinals with three wins including a pair of pins. Spencer fell in the consolation semifinals but bounced back with a 7-2 win to earn fifth place.

Nick Gattinella (Newark, Del./Salesianum) and Matt Zippilli (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) each placed sixth in their weight class. Gattinella was sixth at 141 pounds while Zippilli registered his finish at 184 pounds.

The Spartans are now off until January 4 when they travel to the Franklin & Marshall open in Lancaster, PA. The action kicks off at 9:00 am.

Nick Zak photo courtesy of David Sinclair