Four Spartans Shine at F&M Open

LANCASTER, PA – The York College wrestling squad returned to action with a trip across the Susquehanna River to the F&M Open hosted by Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. The tournament featured some of the top teams in Divisions I, II, and III.

The Spartans had some outstanding performances against some of the best competition they will face all season.

York had a fourth place finisher, a fifth place finisher and two other seventh place finishers. Freshman Ryan Flynn (Newtown Square, Pa./Marple Newtown) ended the day with York's fourth place finish while sophomore Mike Spencer (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) was the fifth place finisher for York. Trevor Baez-Hernandez (Bendersville, Pa./Biglerville) (133 pounds) and Nick Zak (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Liberty) (184 pounds) both earned top-eight finishes in their weight classes.

Flynn began his day with an 8-4 win over George Mason's Zachary Isenhour. Flynn then fell to Clarion's Tyler Fraley, the eventual weight class champion, 7-2, in the championship quarterfinals. Flynn bounced back to pin Millersville's Kyle Loeb in a time of 6:41. Flynn then advanced past Baez-Hernandez in a forfeit before posting a 5-2 win over Virginia's Emilio Martinez to advance to the consolation championship. Flynn fell to Binghamton's Nick Tighe in the final match, 13-7, as the freshman finished his impressive day in fourth at 133.

Spencer, the Spartan heavyweight, opened his tournament with a 10-5 win over Franklin & Marshall's Alexander Henry in his first match. Spencer then advanced to the semifinals with a medical forfeit win over Trevor Smith from Army. Spencer was knocked to the consolation bracket with a loss to Tyler Deuel from Binghamton. Maryland's Carl Buchholz edged Spencer 10-6 in the consolation semifinals but Spencer bounced back to win the fifth place match.

Baez-Hernandez opened his stay in the tournament with a pinfall win over Sean Billings from New York University. He then picked up a 13-3 major decision over Bloomsburg's Elliot Zackowski in the second round. Binghamton's Tighe then pushed Baez-Hernandez to the consolation bracket with a 10-6 decision in the championship quarterfinals. Baez-Hernandez earned a 3-1 sudden victory win over F&M's Scott Stevens before forfeiting to teammate Flynn in the consolation semifinals. The seventh place match between Baez-Hernandez and Pitt-Johnstown's Luke Palamides was not held, tying the two for seventh place.

Zak started his day with a tight 3-2 win over NYU's Patrick Sheehan. He followed that with an 11-2 major decision over Millersville's Shane Gilmore. Princeton's Scott Gibbons knocked Zak to the consolation bracket with a 4-0 win in the quarterfinals. Zak rebounded with a 9-3 victory over Brett Dempsey from American University. Zak would fall to Travis McKillop from Pitt-Johnstown in the consolation semifinals as he finished tied for seventh.

The Spartans return to action on Friday when they travel to the Budd Whitehill Duals hosted by Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. The two-day tournament kicks off at 9:00 pm on Friday.