November 29, 2007

Grapplers Host 2007 Spartan Invitational

YORK, PA – The York College wrestling squad hits the mat this Saturday, December 1 as hosts of the 2007 Spartan Invitational.  Ten teams will be in action including four of the top 30 teams in Division III and eleven nationally ranked wrestlers.  The latest edition of the tournament begins at 9:30 am in York’s Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center.

The Spartans come in as the 17th-ranked team in the country.  The green and white (1-1) posted a 30-21 opening night win over McDaniel before falling to Division II Shippensburg on November 14.  York bears three nationally ranked wrestlers in Kyle Flickinger, John Niedrich, and Luke Panizzi.  Flickinger, the 125-pound division’s seventh-ranked wrestler, sports an 8-2 record including a first-place finish at last week’s Ursinus Fall Brawl.  Niedrich has gotten off to a hot start rattling off ten straight victories at 157 pounds to begin the season 10-0.  The seventh-ranked senior has picked up tournament titles at the Monarch Invitational and the Fall Brawl.  At 285 pounds, Panizzi commands the ninth spot in his class with a 10-1 record. The senior captain captured first at the Ursinus Fall Brawl after a third place finish the Monarch Invitational.

Delaware Valley visits York as the highest-ranked squad in the invitational.  The sixth-ranked Aggies (1-0) dismantled King’s College 43-3 on November 20 after competing in a pair of open tournaments.  141-pound Dan Hall, the seventh-ranked wrestler in his weight class, has wrestled his way to a 3-1 record including two pin falls.  Ryan Herwig, #5 at 157-pounds, also is 3-1 while Kyle Bilquist, #8 at 285-pounds, sports a 2-1 early season record.

The College of New Jersey is currently the eighth-ranked squad in Division III.  The 2-0 Lions dropped New York University 30-6 on November 9 before defeating Hunter College 30-9 five days later.  TCNJ will also travel to King’s College on November 28 before coming to York.  Roy Sarinelli, the seventh-ranked wrestler at 133 pounds, sports a perfect 10-0 record to open up his senior campaign.  149-pound Tyler Branham holds the tournament’s highest ranking as he is rated the fourth-best wrestler in his class.  Branham is 11-0 with four major decisions, one tech fall, and one pin fall.  Steve Carbone, who holds the #10 spot in the rankings, is 8-2 with a pair of pins and two major decisions.  

Centenary College jumped up to the 29th ranking after not appearing in the poll earlier in the season.  Mike Gummerson (11-2) is the Cyclones highest-ranking wrestler rated tenth in the nation at 133 pounds.  A quartet of Cyclones has already won eleven matches including Gummerson, Ricky Redd, Jonathan Stillo, and Michael Torsiello.

Brandon MacWhinnie from the Stevens Institute of Technology is the #6 wrestler at 174 pounds and sports a 7-2 record including five major decisions.  

Other schools participating in the invitational include Elizabethtown, Liberty, Washington and Jefferson, the Apprentice School, and Gloucester County College who won the 2007 National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship.