Spartans Finish 2011-12 with Three All-Americans
La Crosse, Wis. – The second day of the 2012 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships saw Spartans Alex Martocello, George Saliba, and Chris Albright each finish in the top-six in the nation. Overall, the Spartans finished in 12th place out of the 54 squads represented at the national tournament.
Martocello snagged fifth-place at 184 pounds at the national tournament as he went 3-2 at the Championships. In his semifinal bout, he was pinned by #1-seed Mike Denver of TCNJ to push Martocello in to the consolation bracket. There, #2-seed Josef Rau of Elmhurst bested the Spartan senior 6-1. Wrestling for fifth-place, Martocello topped Messiah's Timothy Stewart 5-3 to take fifth at 184 pounds. Despite the tough second day, the Spartan senior is just one of four two-time All-Americans in Spartan wrestling history. He finished the season at 35-4 and completes his career with the Green and White with a stellar 94-22 record.
Albright, York's 141-pound junior, also took sixth place as he is another two-time All-American for the Green and White. He suffered a tough 2-0 loss to #2 seed Kodi Silvestri in the semifinal round before dropping another difficult decision in the consolation bracket, 4-3 to Augsburg's Will Keeter. In the fifth-place bout, Albright fell by pin to Andrew Zobac of North Central (IL), a wrestler he had beaten 3-2 in overtime on Friday, 5:41 into their second bout of the NCAA Championships. Albright completes his junior campaign with a strong 26-5 record. Over his two seasons with the Green and White, the talented 141-pounder has notched a pair of All-American honors and accumulated a record of 60-8.
Saliba took sixth place overall at 285 pounds in his first NCAA national tournament. In the semifinals, the senior dropped a 10-3 decision to Wisconsin-Whitewaters's Corey Anderson, forcing the Spartan to the consolation bracket. Saliba then met Mount Union's #1-seeded Derick Hesson once again and this time Hesson got the better of the result, pinning Saliba 3:55 into their match. In the fifth-place bout, Wisconsin-La Crosse's William Mayer topped Saliba 3-0. Despite the difficult second day of the NCAA Championships, Saliba does garner his first All-American honor and finishes his senior campaign with a remarkable 36-7 record. For his career, the Spartan amassed a strong 82-19 mark.
The 2011-12 campaign for the York wrestling squad is now officially complete. The Spartans established a new program record with 25 dual meet triumphs, sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, and came home with a trio of All-American honors – the most since 2006.
York now bids farewell to seniors Martocello, Saliba, Matt Heisey, Dylan Giandalia, and Albert Gleichauf. Over the last four seasons, York has accumulated a team record of 69-38-1 including a 46-9-1 mark over the previous two campaigns.