The York College wrestling squad sent three wrestlers to the
2008 NCAA Division III National Championships in Cedar Rapids, IA.
The Spartans did not have a great day as all three Spartans got
eliminated from the tournament before reaching All-American
Spartan heavyweight Luke Panizzi (Eatontown, N.J./Monmouth Regional) kicked off the tournament with a bang as he recorded a upset win over the number one seed as he downed Oneonta State’s Trevor Hiffa 4-3. Panizzi was dropped into the consolation bracket in his first Friday evening bout, falling to the eighth-seeded Dan Laurent of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 3-2. Glenn Geesman, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then ended Panizzi’s collegiate career as he pinned the Spartan heavyweight. Panizzi ends his stellar senior season with a mark of 32-7.
At 157 pounds, John Niedrich (Freehold, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) dropped his opening bout falling to Gettysburg’s Andrew Goldstein 5-3. Niedrich was the eighth seed in his weight class and had beaten Goldstein in their two prior meetings this season. Niedrich bounced back in the evening session with a 5-4 decision over Muskingum's Patrick Minner. Niedrich then saw his season come to an end with a 14-7 loss to Cornell College’s Patrick McAuley. Niedrich ends his season with a mark of 27-7.
At 125 pounds, the Spartans’ Kyle Flickinger (New Oxford, Pa/Bermudian Springs) was eliminated from the championships after two matches. Flickinger, who was the eight seed in the weight class, fell to Stephen Kingsland from Ursinus, 3-2 in overtime in his opening bout. That loss sent Flickinger to the consolation bracket where he lost to Thiel’s Rob Miller 3-1 as his bid to become a back-to-back All-American came to an end. Flickinger ends his junior year with a mark of 30-8.
Panizzi and Flickinger earned their tickets to the national championships as they won their respective weight classes at the Metropolitan Wrestling Conference championships on February 24. Niedrich was a coaches’ wild card selection after finishing second at 157 pounds at the Metro championships.
The Spartans return a number of their top performers in 2008-09 including Flickinger and Niedrich, who will both be seniors for the green and white. The Spartans finished 2007-08 with a dual meet record of 14-6. They finished first at the Kings College Monarch Invitational and second at the Spartan Invitational while four Spartans earned individual titles at the Ursinus College Fall Brawl.