Spartans Go 2-1 in Grappling Quad

YORK, PA – The York College wrestling team picked up a pair of victories at the York College quad meet Saturday afternoon. After an opening loss to Messiah College, 21-16, the Spartans rolled to two straight wins courtesy of a 38-6 result against Gettysburg and 41-3 victory over Thaddeus Stevens. With today’s 2-1 record, the green and white improve to 4-3-1 for the season.
     In the afternoon’s first round of bouts, the Spartans fell to Messiah College, 21-16. The lower weights belonged to the Falcons as Messiah won five of the lightest six weight classes. York’s lone victory came from 133-pound senior co-captain Kyle Flickinger (New Oxford, Pa./Bermudian Springs). The 2007 All-American defeated Andrew Rentzel in a tight 4-3 match. The Spartans faired much better in the heavier weights taking three of the four heaviest classes. Brian Thomason (Wernersville, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) grabbed a 9-3 victory at 174 pounds over Dave Jones. The 197-pound bout belonged to freshman George Saliba (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) as he secured a 5-2 win for the York side before sophomore Shane Cooley (Wrightsville, Pa./Eastern York) pinned Zane Bachert just 2:58 into their 285-pound match.
     The Spartans squared off with Gettysburg in round two of the duals. Sophomore Jerrid Hartman (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) opened the match on a high note as the 125-pounder won by fall over Connor Taylor just 1:20 into the bout. Flickinger then recorded a technical fall at 3:05 with a 17-2 score line. Freshman Taylor Ulm (Great Meadows, N.J./Hackettstown) registered an 8-2 victory at 141 pounds with a win over Matt Danielson. Albert Gleichauf (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena) was awarded a forfeit win at 149 pounds while Matt Heisey (Harrisburg, Pa./Cedar Crest) took the 165-pound class with a 7-4 decision. At 174 pounds, Norman Pfeiffer (Warminster, Pa./William Tennet) tallied a hard fought 5-4 victory over James Stevenson. The match with Gettysburg finished with a pair of forfeit victories for Saliba and Cooley, solidifying the 38-6 result.
     York controlled the third match of the afternoon courtesy of a 41-3 victory over Thaddeus Stevens. Including a Stevens forfeit at 125 pounds, the Spartans took nine of the ten bouts including three pins and two major decisions. Senior John Niedrich (Freehold, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy), Thomason, and Chris Elliott (Crofton, Md./South River) each won by fall at 165, 174, and 184 pounds, respectively, while Flickinger and Ulm both tallied major decisions. At 149 pounds, Gleichuaf nabbed a 10-6 decision over Michael Mendoza before Eric Rush (Hershey, Pa./Milton Hershey) grabbed a 4-3 victory at 157. James Laughlin (Hanover, Pa./South Western) added a trio of points to York’s side of scoreboard when he defeated Jeremy Gross 13-10 in their 197-pound bout.
     For the day, the Spartans as a team went 2-1. Flickinger posted a flawless 3-0 mark while Thomason won both of his bouts. Cooley, Elliott, Hartman, and Saliba also recorded 2-0 days. Ulm tallied a quality 2-1 mark at 141 pounds.
     The Spartans return to action in early January as they travel to Collegeville, Pa. for the North/South Duals. The duals are slated for a 10:00 am start.

Messiah 21 - York 16

York 38 - Gettysburg 6

York 41 - Thaddeus Stevens 3

Kyle Flickinger photo courtesy of Scott Guise