York takes Virginia Duals crown
Albright pins two, named most outstanding wrestler
York (Pa.) College Athletics
HAMPTON, Va. -- York, ranked No. 16 nationally, picked up the American College division championship at the Virginia Duals with two victories on Saturday. Tenth-ranked Chris Albright, who won each of his three matches including a pair of pinfalls, was named the division's most outstanding wrestler.
As a team, the Green and White won the semifinal against Nassau Community College 21-16 and then captured the title with a 25-19 triumph over King (Tenn.). The championship helped the Spartans improve to 11-1-1 on the campaign.
In a close match against Nassau, the Green and White were down 16-11 with only three bouts remaining. York received a trio of clutch performances as Alex Martocello kicked off that late spurt with an 11-3 major decision victory over Anthony Lupi at 184 pounds and was followed by No. 9 George Saliba, who snagged a 6-4 decision over Musa Dereese at 197. Saliba's victory gave York a slight 18-16 edge with one bout to go. James Laughlin then recorded a win with a 7-2 decision over David Agu at 285 pounds.
The Spartans also received wins from Jerrid Hartman (125 pounds), Albright (141 pounds), and Matt Heisey (165 pounds).
York's championship match against King wasn't as close as the Spartans raced out to a comfortable 22-3 advantage. The Green and White won five of the first six matches including four consecutive triumphs. Taylor Boyd started the match with a forfeit win at 125 before Albright secured a pinfall at 141 to improve to 17-1.
Chris Gugliotti and Albert Gleichauf followed with a pair of decisions at 149 and 157, respectively. Heisey captured four more team points for the Spartans with a 15-6 major decision in his 165-pound bout. Following a King win at 174, Martocello picked up his third victory of the Duals with an 8-4 decision at 184 pounds.