MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – At the Mid-Penn Duals, the York College Spartans (9-8) entered the day with a big target on their backs as the two-time defending champs. The Spartans finished 3-1 on the duals to give them 3rd place on the day.
First Round: Franklin & Marshall 33 – York (Pa.) 12
The Spartans struggled against their first opponent of the day against the tough Diplomat squad. York made a late run in the match with winning the last three bouts, but just couldn't make up the difference. Mitchell Ramsey (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Mechanicsburg) broke the F&M scoring streak with an impressive 6-1 win at 184. Then at 197, Nick Zak (Jackson, N.J. / Jackson Liberty) scored an impressive pin just 38 seconds in to the second period. This was only the second time Zak has wrestled at 197 this season after having wrestled at 184 earlier. Mike Spencer capped the late York run with a tight 3-2 decision that helped set the tone the Spartans for the rest of the day.
Second Round: York (Pa.) 35 – Stevens Tech (NJ) 8
Ryan Flynn (Newtown Square Pa. / Marple Newtown) at 133, helped the Spartans start an eight match win streak against Stevens Tech. Flynn started off with a fall in just 3:53, which was the first of 3 for the day. At 174, Ramsey earned his fall in just 1:25, while Zach Coleman (Belcamp, Md. / Harford Technical) grabbed his fall in just 2:23 to cap the Spartan scoring against Tech. The Spartan Athlete of the Week, Joey Giaccio (Cranford, N.J. / Cranford) and versatile Nick Zak were the two other bonus point scorers for York. Both earned major decisions, with Giaccio winning 13-3 and Zac winning 9-0.
Third Round: York (Pa.) 23 – American International 21
In the closest match of the day, the Spartans showed off the strength of their team spirit and held on for the win. Flynn and Giaccio started out with big bonus point decisions for the Spartans. Flynn napped a pin in 4:35 over his opponent, while Giaccio was able to nab his second major of the day with a 12-2 decision. Adam Kritzer (Herndon, Pa. / Line Mountain) continued the trend of bonus point victories, with a 13-3 major decision. Nick Zak continued his day of excellence at 184, with a match deciding pin in the first period. Zak wrestling back down at his usual weight was able to nab the pin just 2:32. The win for the Spartans set the team up for the consolation finals against Division II opponent, Shippensburg University.
Third Place Match: York (Pa.) 21 – Shippensburg 15
The Spartans entered the consolation final match down 6-0 after a pin at 125. Flynn and Giaccio quickly showed the Spartan resiliency with each earning decision victories by one point. Flynn won his bout 4-3, while Giaccio took his bout with a 7-6 victory. Kritzer grabbed another tight decision to score a 6-4 win at 157. Shippensburg was forced to forfeit their match at 174, and Nick Zak wrapped up his sensational day with a 4-0 decision back up at 197 to secure the third place spot for the Spartans.
Nick Zak was able to go 4-0 on the day for the Spartans as he split his work between two weight classes. Zak nabbed three pins and a decision to cap his day at Millersville. The other two top notch performers for the Spartans were Ryan Flynn and Joey Giaccio who both went 3-1 on the day. Flynn got his victories through two pins and a decision, while Giaccio earned a two majors and decision to cap his day. York has now won five of their last six dual meets to set up a great run for the end of the season.
The Spartans return to action when they host their first tri-meet of the year on February 1st when they host Penn State Mont-Alto and Thaddeus Stevens at 12:00 pm.