WILKES-BARRE, PA – The York College wrestling squad took home a third place finish at the season-opening King's College Monarch Invitational on Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The Spartans accumulated 134.5 points to finish 2.5 points back of second-place Wilkes. SUNY Cortland won the tournament with a total score of 147.
The Spartans had two wrestlers earn individual titles as junior Victor Signorelli (Oak Ridge, N.J./Twin Valley) and freshman Mike Spencer (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) each won their weight class.
The Green and White had three wrestlers, freshman Kenny Arentz (Reading, Pa./Governor Mifflin), junior Chuck Glatz (Medford, N.J./Shawnee), and sophomore Drew Spector (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford), earn runner-up finishes in their weight classes.
Senior Vinny Pisani (Orange, Calif./El Modena) and sophomore Joey Giaccio (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) both finished third in their weight classes while freshman Adam Kritzer (Herndon, Pa./Line Mountain) placed fourth in his weight class.
Singorelli earned the championship at 141 courtesy of five victories. He opened the day with a 14-3 major decision over Zach Daigle from Roger Williams. He then posted a pair of back-to-back one-point wins. He defeated Western New England's 6-5 to advance to the quarterfinals. He moved into the semifinals with a 13-12 win over top-seeded Jeff Peterson from Wilkes. Signorelli advanced to the title bout with an 8-4 win over fourth seeded Brad Royle from Wilkes. The Spartan junior had a familiar face to battle in the championship round as he edged Glatz 4-3 in the finals as the Spartans went 1-2.
Glatz earned his way to the 141-pound finals with an 8-0 win in the second round followed by a 2-1 win over James Carroll in the quarterfinals. Glatz posted a 2-0 shutout in the semifinals as he blanked King's DeMarquis Holley to advance to the finals.
Spencer dominated on the way to his 285-pound championship. The freshman opened his day with a pinfall in 4:55 over Brian Brust from Washington & Jefferson. He then earned a 6-4 overtime win over second-seeded Kevin Poplaski of Gettysburg, who is the tenth ranked heavyweight in the country. Spencer then notched a second pinfall win in the quarterfinals as he put RIT's Eddie McBride on his back at the 2:30 mark. Spencer punched his ticket to the finals with a third pinfall win as it took him a mere minute to down Wilkes' Michael Shannon. Spencer won his title with a 3-1 victory over fourth seeded William Fletcher from Wilkes. Overall for the day, Spencer went 5-0 with three pins.
Arentz picked up his second place finish at 125 as he entered the tournament as the top seed. He began with a pinfall win over Wilkes' Matthew Evans at 4:21. He then notched a 16-0 tech fall over Oneonta's Alexander Pugh in the semifinals. Arentz dropped a 9-2 decision in the finals as he fell to Wilkes' Gusseppe Rea.
Spector earned his runner-up finish at 157 out of the second-seed. He began his tournament with a 4-2 win over Oneonta's Daniel Graff in the quarterfinals. Spector then outlasted Cortland's Chris Sarro, 1-0, in the quarterfinals. Spector advanced to the championship bout with an 8-2 victory over teammate Kritzer. Spector fell to Roger Williams' Francisco Colom 4-0 in the finals.
Kritzer posted the Spartans' lone fourth place finish. He rebounded from his loss to Spector with a 6-2 win in the consolation semifinals before falling to Sarro 6-2 in the consolation finals.
Pisani was the top seed in the 149-pound weight bracket. He opened the tournament with a 16-1 tech fall win over King's James Straight. Pisani fell to Cortland's Robert Diema 4-2 in the next round but the Spartan senior rebounded with a furry in the consolation bracket. Pisani pinned Wilkes' John Lynch in 1:15 in the second round of the consolation bracket. He then pinned Western New England's Anthony Medina in just 58 seconds to move to the consolation semifinals. Pisani earned a 6-4 win over RIT's Brad Mayville to move to the third place bout. He captured that win with a 3-1 victory over Wilkes' Kristopher Krawchuk to finish third.
Giaccio earned his third place finish at 133. He began his tournament with a trio of wins. He began his tournament with a pinfall win followed by a 7-0 shutout in the quarterfinals. Giaccio advanced to the semifinals with a 13-4 win over Western New England's Robert Ferrante. Giaccio dropped a 5-4 decision to Cortland's Alec Dierna. The Spartan sophomore posted a 7-2 win in the consolation semis before earning a medical forfeit to finish third.
The Spartans are slated to return to action on Saturday, November 10 when they travel to the John Reese Duals hosted by Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre.
Victor Signorelli photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh (www.sharpedgefoto.com)