February 17, 2012

Spartans End Record Regular Season with 27-10 Win

YORK, PA – The York College wrestling squad rolled to a 27-10 in their 2011-12 regular season finale against McDaniel College on Friday night in York. The Spartans, who are ranked 15th in the nation, improve to a 25-4 while McDaniel falls to 6-13.

The 25 wins raises the school record for single-season wins as the Spartans have shattered the mark of 21 victories which was established in 2002-03 and matched last winter.

The Green and White started off with win from freshman Joey Giaccio as he recorded a 7-2 victory at 125 pounds. The win boosts the freshman's record to 25-6 for the year.

The Green Terror got on the board with a major decision win at 133 pounds but the Spartans quickly got back on top as junior Chris Albright made quick work of his bout at 141 pounds. Albright posted a pinfall victory in a mere 2:30 as he improves to 21-2 for the campaign. Albright's pin gave the Spartans a 9-4 lead.

The Green Terror took a one point lead on the Spartans as they earned victories at 149 and 157 pounds but the meat of the Spartan lineup roard back as they put away the match over the following five weight classes.

Sophomore Trent Bond began the roll with a 6-2 win at 165 pounds, putting the Spartans up 12-10. Senior Matt Heisey earned a 12-2 major decision at 174 pounds as the York lead grew to 16-10. Heisey's victory was the 25th of the season.

Fellow senior Alex Martocello concluded his outstanding regular season as the 184-pounder improved to 27-1 with a 18-2 tech fall win over Scott Forrester in his bout. Martocello's win pushed the York lead to 21-10. Sophomore Jeff Goldhagen kept the Spartans rolling with a 7-2 win at 197 pounds.

Senior George Saliba closed out the Spartans' regular season with a 6-2 win in the heavyweight bout. The win for the Spartan heavyweight was his 31st of the season.

Prior to the match, the Spartans' five seniors were recognized for their efforts over the last four years. Martocello, Saliba, Heisey, Dylan Giandalia, and Albert Gleichauf were lauded by the coaching staff for their dedication to the program. The Spartans' dual meet record over the last four years is an outstanding 69-38-2.

The Spartans now focus on the post-season as they head to Elizabethtown College to participate in the 2012 Metropolitan Conference Championship on Sunday, February 26. Individual berths in the NCAA Division III Championship will be on the line at the championships next Sunday.

Photo: Seniors (L to R): George Saliba, Alex Martocello, and Matt Heisey. Photo courtesy of Zach Rogers.