WILKES-BARRE, PA – The York College wrestling team picked up a pair of wins Saturday afternoon at the King’s College quad. The #14 Spartans wrestled to a 27-13 victory over Gettysburg College before falling to New York University in a tight 19-16 bout. The green and white finished the day by defeating King’s College 26-10. Leaving Wilkes-Barre with a 2-1 mark, the Spartans improve on their 2007-08 record and now stand at 12-5 on the season.
In their opening bout with Gettysburg, 125-pound Kyle Flickinger (New Oxford, Pa./Bermudian Springs) was the fortunate recipient of a forfeit and put York up by an easy 6-0 margin. Jerrid Hartman (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) earned his 12th win of the season pinning Jack Bostrom only 2:18 into their 133-pound bout. Keith Obendorfer (Germantown, Md./Damascus) extended the Spartan advantage to 15-0 as he earned a 4-1 decision over Ray Cottiers at 141-pounds. Gettysburg got on the board at 149-pounds as Matt Shank earned a major decision, but York’s 157-pound standout John Niedrich (Freehold, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) put the Spartans back on track with a 6-1 decision over Andrew Goldstein. The Bullets would take both the 165- and 174-pound classes to cut York’s lead to a precarious 18-10. The 184-pound Brian Adams (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) quickly righted the Spartan ship earning a fall 1:59 into his match with Drew Wolenter. Thomas Fitzpatrick (LaPlata, Md./LaPlata) finished off the York scoring with a 3-0 decision over Ben Cutrell in their 197-pound match. Gettysburg would bring the score to 27-13 as Bobby Christopher earned a 12-5 decision in the heavyweight division.
New York University, the #26 ranked team in the country, was next on the docket for the Spartan squad. Flickinger and Sean Hightman (Dover, Pa./Northeastern) started the Spartans out with a 6-0 lead earning decisions at 125- and 133-pounds. NYU’s Stephen Hult grabbed a major decision at 141-pounds to cut the lead to 6-4. The Violets’ Matt Magill and Takafumi Hashimoto earned decisions at 149- and 157-pounds to take a 10-6 lead. At 165, Brian Alwine (Hanover, Pa./Southwestern) pulled the Spartans to within one at 10-9 with his victory over Pat Knight. That would be as close as the Spartans would come as Naum Shuminov tallied a 6-point pin for NYU and Nick Coleman increased the Violet lead to 19-9 with a decision at 184-pounds. The green and white’s Hank Conklin (Milford, Pa./Delaware Valley) and Luke Panizzi (Eatontown, N.J./Monmouth Regional) made a valiant attempts to bring the Spartans back in the final two classes winning both of their matches. Unfortunately for the Spartans, their efforts fell short and NYU captured the 19-16 victory.
Coming off the disappointing loss, York regrouped and took it to the hosts. Flickinger earned yet another win as he pinned King’s Lenny Viggiano 4:20 into their 125-pound bout. At 133, the Monarch’s David Morgan secured a hard fought 3-2 victory to bring the score to 6-3 Spartans. The green and white would take the next four matches as Ryan Catton (Blairstown, N.J./North Warren), Erik George (Wrightstown, N.J./Northern Burlington County), and Niedrich each earned decisions while Albert Gleichauf (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena) secured a tech fall over Ryan Trees. Finding themselves up 20-3, the Spartans hit a bit of a lull dropping the 174- and 184-pound bouts and allowing King’s to pull to within 10 at 20-10. Conklin and Panizzi then backed up their wins against NYU with decisions over Zach Wilkinson and Justin Bender respectively. The pair of wins finalized the Spartan victory at 26-10.
On the day, Flickinger earned a trio of victories bumping the junior’s mark to 27-6. Panizzi finished the day 2-0 and now stands at 26-5 for the season, while Conklin’s two wins improves his mark to 18-12. Niedrich’s junior season record improves to 22-3 after his 2-1 performance at the King’s quad.
The Spartans next hit the road and travel north to Bridgewater, Mass. for the Bridgewater State Open on Saturday February 2. The wrestling action is set to begin at 10:00 am from Bridgewater State College.
Kyle Flickinger photo courtesy of Eric Linsley