Albright, Saliba Capture Titles; Spartans Finish Third at New Standard
YORK, Pa. – The York College wrestling squad put together an outstanding showing at the 2010 New Standard Corporation Invitational, a tournament featuring four of the top-15 teams in the country, on Saturday at York's Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center. Chris Albright and George Saliba each took home individual titles for the Spartans as York finished third out of eight squads, including besting #15 Brockport St., with 77.5 points. Ithaca, the #5 team in Division III, took first overall with 105 points, while #12 the College of New Jersey came in second with 90.5. Brockport notched 71.5 points on the day.
The Green and White's first championship of the day came from 141-pound standout Chris Albright. Albright, who simply had a spectacular performance throughout, posted a trio of decisive victories. After a first-round bye, the #1-seed recorded a pinfall win over Elizabethtown's Jarrod Crawley just 1:01 into Albright's first bout of the day. The 141-pounder backed up that first showing with another quality outing as he put together a strong 13-4 victory against #5-seed Christopher Collura in the semifinals. The championship bout pitted Albright against another Elizabethtown wrestler – Nick Grim. In impressive fashion, Albright picked up the title with his second pinfall of the day, this time 4:26 into the match, as his record improves to 12-1 on the season.
Saliba's title came in the 197-pound class as his 3-0 day improves his pristine 2010-2011 record to 13-0. The top-seed at 197, Saliba, who is currently ranked #10 in the country, received a first-round bye before topping Dan Argast of the US Merchant Marine Academy, 9-3. That triumph set up the junior captain's semifinal bout where he bested Elizabethtown's Phillip Landis by a 4-2 count. In the championship match, Saliba squared off with #2-seed Tom Voorhis of Brockport. A tight match throughout, the bout spilled into overtime and eventually into a second sudden-victory period. Tied at 5-5, and in what can only be described as a weird turn of events, Voorhis was whistled for an illegal kick-out. This violation carries with it a one-point penalty, as the official awarded Saliba the title-winning point.
In addition to Albright's and Saliba's championships, the Green and White snagged three more top-four finishes.
Junior captain Alex Martocello finished second for the Spartans in the 184-pound class, the second straight season he has taken the runner-up spot. Martocello, the tournament's #2 seed, posted a commanding 18-4 win over Ithaca's Andrew Penree in his first bout of the day. In the semifinals, Martocello snagged a 5-3 overtime sudden-victory win over Josue Mendez, another Ithaca wrestler, to set up another date with #1-seed Mike Denver. Denver, TCNJ's 184-pound All-American, bested Martocello twice last season, including last year's New Standard final, as he caught the Spartan twice for a pinfalls. However, that would not be the case in this bout as Martocello pushed Denver to the brink, wrestling the entire seven minutes. Down late in the match, Martocello nearly registered two takedowns but each time Denver was able to slip out-of-bounds before the Spartan junior could finish, as Denver took the 7-5 victory.
Matt Heisey, another Spartan junior captain, registered a fourth-place finish for the Green and White at 165 pounds. Following a first-round bye, Heisey bested Ithaca's Jason Fraser by the slightest 1-0 margin. The junior was then pushed to the consolation bracket after his next match as he lost to Elizabethtown's Quint Eno 5-2. Undaunted, Heisey wrestled back as he won his next three bouts, notching a technical fall, pinfall, and a 5-1 decision. In the third-place bout, Heisey again ran into Eno who again bested the Spartan, this time by an 8-3 result.
Spartan rookie Chuck Glatz also recorded a fourth-place finish, putting together a terrific performance in his first New Standard Invitational. The 133-pound freshman, seeded fifth for the tournament, started his day with a solid 16-0 technical fall (1:35) over Alexander Snyder of the US Merchant Marine Academy. He then topped Elizabethtown's Jordan Stepanchick, the #4 seed who had a first-round bye, courtesy of a 10-7 result. Reaching the semifinals, Glatz lost to Ithaca's Dan Herr, the weight's top-seeded wrestler, forcing him to the consolation bracket. There, the Spartan newcomer posted a 5-3 victory over Jeff Bruno, which set up a rematch against Stepanchick. Unfortunately for Glatz, the tables were turned in this bout as Stepanchick got the better end of the final score as he defeated Glatz 14-5.
Overall, the rejuvenated Spartans put together an outstanding performance in one of the nation's top tournaments. The Green and White will now look to carry that momentum into this upcoming week as they face several stiff tests. York travels to nearby Gettysburg on Wednesday for a 7:00 pm dual match with the Bullets before heading to Allentown, Pa. on Saturday for meets against Muhlenberg, #21 Wilkes, and #8 Delaware Valley.
RESULTS - courtesy of A 'n' A Tournament Services
Photo: George Saliba and Chris Albright animation courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com