WILKES-BARRE, PA – The seventh ranked York College wrestling squad opened their 2018-19 season in very impressive fashion as the Spartans won the Kings College Monarch Invitational on Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The Spartans had four individual champions, two runner-up finishers and senior Greg Warner earned his 100th career victory in what was one of the most dominant days in Spartan wrestling history.
The Spartans won the team title with 206.5 points, easily outdistancing Roger Williams as they finished second with 161.5 points. College of New Jersey finished third at 144.5 while Oneonta State (111 points) and Wilkes (100.5) rounded out the top five in the 16-team field.
Senior Greg Warner opened his senior year much like he spent most of his junior year as he won the championship of the 149-pound bracket. Warner, who was the national runner up at 149 pounds last winter, opened his tournament with a quick fall against SUNY-Cortland's Andrew Burden as Warner put Burden on his back in a mere 1:34. Warner had a take down and three near falls before finally getting the pin. Warner kept rolling in the round of 16 as he defeated College of New Jersey's Matt Surich 12-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. Warner didn't slow down there as he registered a 19-4 tech fall against Roger Williams' Jack Kelly to earn his way to the semifinals. The win was Warner's 100th career victory in the Spartan Green and White. Warner faced his first challenge of the day in the semifinals, as he shutout Washington & Jefferson's Michael Heini 3-0. Warner got a second period escape and a period three take down to earn the win. Warner removed all doubt early in the championship match as he earned another major decision, a 12-0 win over TCNJ's Ryan Budzek. Warner finished the day outscoring his opponents by a combined score of 46-4
Senior Frankie Krauss earned the tournament championship at 184 pounds as one of York's national qualifiers from last year picked up where he left off last winter. Krauss made quick work of NYU's Izzy Fox as he pinned him just 1:01 into the match to move to the round of 16. Krauss was equally as dominant in his next match as he recorded a 17-2 tech fall over Wilke's Austin Sphar. Krauss notched the tech fall in just 2:40. Krauss kept the beat going in the quarterfinals as he recorded his second straight tech fall as he outscored Scranton's Andrew Gombas 21-6 to earn his way to the semifinals. Krauss advanced to the championship match as Muhlenberg's James Fratatoni medically forfeited 11 seconds into the match. Krauss had to work to win his championship as he edged NYU's Jackson Kligerman 5-4 in the title bout. Krauss got take downs in the first and second period plus a penalty point against Kligerman in the third period to earn the win.
Senior Hasan Alic, another one of York's returing national qualifiers, had a big day in winning the 197-pound championship. Alic opened his tournament with back-to-back tech fall wins in his round of 32 and round of 16 matches. Alic bounced Scranton's Peter Amicucci 16-0 in a mere 1:27 in his opening match. Alic earned another 16-0 tech fall in the round of 16 as he defeated Avery Rabb of Southern Virginia University. Alic kept it going in the quarterfinals as he recorded his third straight 16-0 tech fall win as he beat Alex Mirabella of TCNJ to earn his way to the semifinals. Alic earned a win in the semifinals but didn't do it via the tech fall. Instead, he just pinned Muhlenberg's Gennarro Cerminara in a mere :50 seconds to move on to the championship match. Alic finally got tested in the finals as he had to grind out a 3-2 win against Scranton's Daniel D'Agostini. Alic got a first period take down and a second period escape to earn the win.
Freshman Jared Kuhns made his collegiate debut a memorable one as the 125-pounder cruised to the weight class championship for the Spartans. Kuhns started his day with a 9-2 win over Kyle Trout from Wilkes University in the round of 32. He followed that win with a dominating major decision in the round of 16 as he drubbed Michael Heck from Stevens Tech 13-3 to earn his way to the quarterfinals. Kuhns had a much bigger challenge in the quarters as he edged Roger Williams' Kyle Kaiser 5-4. His semifinal match was much less dramatic as he registered another major decision with a 15-6 win over Kings' Dakota Quick, earning a berth in the championship match. Kuhns earned the title with a 7-4 win in the championship match over Dan Ortega from the College of New Jersey.
A pair of last year's national qualifiers each earned second place finishes in their respective weight classes.
Sophomore Eric Hutchinson had a strong start to the season as he finished second at 157-pounds. He opened the tournament with a 16-1 tech fall win over Kings' Kade Kravits. Hutchinson earned a second straight tech fall as he beat SUNY Cortland's Gianno Silba 21-6. Hutchinson moved to the championship match with a 15-6 major decision over NYU's Sean Lyons in the semifinals. Hutchinson lost a back-and-forth 8-5 decision in the championship to W&J's Hunter Neely.
Senior Joe Sindoni also got off to a good start at 174-pounds as he finished second in the weight class. Sindoni opened his tournament with a round of 32 tech fall as he defeated Penn College's Colin Browne 17-0 in 4:15. Sindoni followed that with a win by fall over Scranton's Liam Gallagher as Sindoni put Gallagher on his back in 2:20 to move on to the quarterfinals. Sindoni kept piling up points with a 12-0 major decision over Muhlenberg's Tommy Disisto. In the semifinals, Sindoni was tested by Roger Williams' Brett Leonard as he pulled out a 5-3 overtime win as Sindoni got a fourth period take down to win the match. Sindoni fell to TCNJ's Daniel Kilroy in the finals for the second-place finish.
Top Four Finishers
The Spartans had three other top four finishers. Sophomore Jesse Rocco finished fourth at 165 pounds. Junior Jordan Sciamanna placed fourth at 174 pounds while freshman Michael Rubin earned a fourth-place finish at 133 pounds.
Senior Greg Warner became the fifth Spartan in school history to earn 100 career wins ... Ryan Flynn holds the school record with 131 victories from 2013-2017 … Warner is now 102-28 for his Spartan career after going 35-4 last year … the championship at Kings was York's fifth at the Monarch Invitational … York won the tournament championship in 2000, 2006, 2007, and 2008 and now 2018.
The Spartans open up their dual meet schedule on Wednesday as they head to Elizabethtown College to face the Blue Jays. The match is slated for a 7:00 pm start in Elizabethtown, PA.