Vespa (Blue) wrestling Brock Delsignore (Red) @ 2018 NYS Tournament
Monroe Woodbury's Marco Vespa has committed to wrestle for Penn St. University in 2019. The section 9 standout is elated for the opportunity to not only wrestle for the defending national champions but to achieve his goals beyond the mat.
"I am really excited. I have the opportunity to wrestle in the best wrestling room in the country and get better every day which i'm very grateful for." Said Vespa. "As soon as I went on my official visit I felt very comfortable and knew that this is the place that I needed to be if i'm going to achieve my goals in wrestling and in life." He added.
During his visit, Marco was able to spend some time watching practices, attending a football game and shown around campus by two well-known gentlemen who also happen to be national champions in their respective weights.
"I was able to spend some time with Mark Hall and Vincenzo Joseph. It was a lot of fun being around not just great wrestlers but great people." Marco said.
Before Marco heads to State College, PA he has some business to tend to in his upcoming senior season for Monroe Woodbury HS. Vespa has compiled a 169-25 career record for the Crusaders over 4 seasons. He has a chance to cement his name in Monroe Woodbury history for career wins, which belongs to 2017 Graduate Evan Barcazk with 219.
Marco after winning his third section 9 championship
In 2019, Marco is aiming for this fourth section 9 championship, something that hasn't been done since former MW alumni Jamie Franco won five from 2005-2009. Under the tutelage of his older brothers Michael and Vinny, who were also sectional champions for the Crusdaers, Marco's ultimate goal is to become a state champion.
"Expectation is much higher year after year. I plan on being a state champion still. No matter what, trust the process and believe it into reality." Marco added.
"Trust the process" is a term being used nation wide in a multitude of sports. Monroe Woodbury's head coach John Gartiser is establishing that montra throughout his entire team with Marco leading the way. According to Gartiser, the youngest Vespa brother is making quite the lasting impression.
" Marco has always been very inquisitive about the sport and the process, I think that's the most important aspect of who he is." Said Gartiser.
Monroe Woodbury has definitely had their fair share of talented wrestlers come up through the program including Gartiser, who was a NYS Runner-Up in 2001. Vespa received some high praise from his coach.
"He's one of the most talented wrestlers to ever come out of our room and we have had a lot of really good ones." Coach Gartiser said. He also added "Marco's approach is much better, he focuses on scoring points and getting better each match."
Vespa is the epitome of a perfect teammate as many young wrestlers look up to him, inspire to duplicate his success and continue on the tradition at Monroe Woodbury. We look forward to seeing Marco and the entire Crusader squad as they storm into 2019.
Marco would like to give praise to Coaches Gartiser, Collabella, Rahn, Bari, his brothers and most importantly, his mother, Lisa.
All weekend long, NYWAY is having its annual post season regional tournaments. Every region of New York will host qualifying events for NYWAY members to earn the right to compete at the NYWAY State Championships.
This year, as in most, NYWAY has seen an increase of 20-25% in membership annually. That increase will again make NYWAY State Championships the largest wrestling tournament in New York. Last year NYWAY saw 1490 boys and girls compete for a State Championship at SUNY Brockport.
With the Regional registration closing Saturday night, NYWAY looks to again increase in its membership. NYWAY has set a goal to have 1600 boys and girls vie for a NYWAY State Title next weekend at SUNY Brockport.
Good luck to all competing this weekend. For information on the NYWAY State Championships please visit their website at www.nyway.org.