YORK, PA – The York College Spartans finished third of 13 teams at the 2012 New Standard Corporation Invitational held at York College on Saturday. The Spartans picked up 66.5 points, edging Elizabethtown for third place as the Blue Jays recorded 66 points. Ithaca won the tournament for the fourth year in a row as the Bombers totaled 86 points to outdistance second place College of New Jersey as the Lions had 81.5 points.
The Spartans had two wrestlers advance to the championship bracket and four others make it to the consolation finals.
Junior Chuck Glatz (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) and sophomore T.J. Demetrio (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove) each earned a berth in their respective weight class championship matches before falling just short of a title.
Glatz opened the tournament at 141 as the second overall seed. He earned a 2-0 win over Ian Nisley in his first match. He then notched a 3-0 win over TCNJ's Steven Schnieider to move into the semifinals. Glatz punched his ticket to the title match with a 3-1 overtime win over Brockport State's Jordan Dyer, the weight classes third seed. Johns Hopkins' Paul Marcello, the top seed at 141, defeated Glatz 11-3 in the title bout.
Demetrio entered the tournament as the eighth seed at 165-pounds. He earned a 9-1 win over Elizabethtown's John Stockdale in his opening match. Demetrio then knocked off Johnson & Wales' Frank Mariotti, the weight classes' top seed, 6-4 to earn his way into the semifinals. He kept rolling with a 9-7 victory over Ithaca's Brett Sanko, earning a spot in the championship match. In the title match up, TCNJ's John Darling earned an 8-0 win over Demetrio.
Giaccio was the sixth seeded in a very loaded 133-pound weight class. He earned a 14-4 victory over Elizabethtown's Bryan Pflanz in his opening match. Giaccio then knocked off third-seeded Ricardo Gomez from Ithaca, 9-5, in the quarterfinal match. TCNJ's Dan Herr, the eventual winner of the tournament's most outstanding wrestler award, edged Giaccio 7-5 in the semifinals, bumping the Spartan to the consolation bracket. Giaccio rebounded nicely with a 4-1 win over Johns Hopkins' Ray Yagloski in the consolation finals to earn third place.
Minogue was the top seed at 197 and he was great in his first two matches as he earned a 12-3 major decision win in his opening match. He followed that with a 12-2 major decision victory over Merchant Marine's Ricky Fisher. Minogue was upset by fourth seeded Phillip Landis from Elizabethtown in the semifinals. Minogue responded with a pinfall win over Merchant Marine's Tyler Russell, putting him on his back in a time of 2:49 for the third place finish.
Freshman Adam Krtizer (Herndon, Pa./Line Mountain) and senior Vinny Pisani (Orange, Calif./El Modena) both notched fourth place finishes for York.
Kritzer was the fourth seed at 157 pounds and won his first three matches before falling to top seeded Derek Brenon from Ithaca in the semifinals. Kritzer lost to Millersville's Zac Wawryniak-Bush 7-4 in the consolation final to finish fourth.
Pisani was the second seed in the tournament at 149 pounds and earned a pair of technical fall wins in his opening two matches. After earning a medical forfeit win in the semifinals, Pisani forfeited his final two matches for the fourth place finish.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday evening when they travel to Gettysburg to face the Bullets in a non-conference match. The action is set for a 7:00 pm start.
Chuck Glatz photo courtesy of Theresa Dark - Athletic Communications Student Photographer