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Spartans Go 1-2 at Messiah Duals

GRANTHAM, PA – The York College wrestling team fell on hard luck Saturday afternoon at the Messiah College Duals, going 1-2 for the day with both of their defeats coming by a mere two points each. For the season, the green and white move to 2-2-1.
     The Spartans came out on the short end of a 19-17 score line against their first opponent of the duals, Lycoming College. Seniors Sean Hightman (Dover, Pa./Northeastern) and Kyle Flickinger (New Oxford, Pa./Bermudian Springs) secured the 125- and 133-pound classes while freshman Taylor Ulm (Great Meadows, N.J./Hackettstown) grabbed the victory at 141 pounds. The Spartans dropped the next three classes before 174-pound Brian Thomason (Wernersville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) got York back on track with a 13-5 major decision. Junior Chris Elliott (Crofton, Md./South River) captured the 184-pound class but losses at both 197 and 285 spelled a win for Lycoming.
     The day’s second match resulted in a victory for the Spartan side, 21-12 over Seton Hill. The 141-pound Ulm secured York’s lone win in the lower weight classes before the green and white’s middle and heavy weight wrestlers swept the higher weights. Senior 165-pound John Niedrich (Freehold, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) kick-started the streak with a win by fall only 2:45 into his match. Thomason and Elliott each picked up their second victories of the duals in the 174- and 184-pound classes. At 197 pounds, James Laughlin (Hanover, Pa./South Western) took down Ron Oswald 4-2, while freshman Joe Erb (Langhorne, Pa./Pennsbury) edged out a 3-2 victory in the 285-pound class.
     York’s day ended in similar fashion to how it began, with a tough two-point defeat. This time it was Waynesburg that slipped by the Spartans by a slight 18-16 margin. Flickinger notched a 9-3 win at 133 pounds, while Jason Ecklof (Howell, N.J./Howell) captured his first victory of the day with a 3-1 decision at 157 pounds. Niedrich, Thomason, and Elliott took the next three classes before Waynesburg snapped the streak at 197-pound class. Sophomore Shane Cooley (Wrightsville, Pa./Eastern York) secured a 4-2 sudden victory win in the 285-pound class but it proved not to be enough, as Waynesburg grabbed the team victory.
     Thomason and Elliott both went 3-0 for the day, while Niedrich, Ulm, and Flickinger each posted 2-1 marks.
     The York side returns to the mat in two weeks as hosts of the annual Spartan Invitational. The tournament action begins in York’s Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center at 9:30 am.

Lycoming 19 - York 17

York 21 - Seton Hill 12

Waynesburg 18 - York 16

Taylor Ulm photo courtesy of Eric Linsley

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