February 1, 2014

Wrestling Opens February in Dominating Fashion

YORK, Pa. -  The York College Spartans (10-8) hosted two home matches on the first day of February.  The Spartans battled to a 58-0 win over Thaddeus Stevens (0-2) and then a 48-3 win over Penn State Mont Alto (8-4).

In the first match of the day the Spartans rode five forfeits to a quick victory(125, 141,157,165, and 285).  At 133 pounds, Ryan Flynn (Newtown Square Pa. / Marple Newtown) started his big day with a flying pin in just 45 seconds. John Allenson (Glenside, Pa. / Germantown Academy) wrestled the only full match of the day at 149.  Allenson proved to absolutely dominating with multiple takedowns and back points to give him a 13-0 major decision.  Mitchell Ramsey (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Mechanicsburg) was able to nab the fastest pin of the day with a 44 second fall.  Nick Zak (Jackson, N.J. / Jackson Liberty) continued his recent success with an impressive pin that occurred in just 2:20 to cap the 184 bout.  Zach Coleman (Belcamp, Md. / Harford Technical) finished the match for the Spartans at 197, with a 45 second pin to keep the Spartan score clean.  The Spartans finished the match with four pins.

In the second match of the day, the Spartans faced Penn State Mont Alto.  The Spartans fell to a early 3-0 deficit  after the 125 match, but never looked back.  Flynn started the York scoring with his second pin of the day in 4:50.  Joey Giaccio (Cranford, N.J. / Cranford) followed Flynn with a 10-3 victory that was filled with takedowns.  In the tightest match of the day, Drew Spector (West Deptford, N.J. / West Deptford) grabbed an escape and held on for the 1-0 victory at 149 pounds.  Adam Kritzer (Herndon, Pa. / Line Mountain) followed Spector with 7-1 win that helped push York further.  At 165, TJ Demetrio (Pottstown, Pa. / Pottsgrove) wrestled a great bout to earn the 19-4 win. To end the match, Mike Spencer (Pompton Plains, N.J. / Pequannock Township) saved the best for last.  With the bout tied up halfway through the third period, Spencer unleashed a fury to bowl over Burke of Penn State.  Spencer nabbed the sudden pin in 6:45, to end the day in thrilling fashion.

The Spartans faced seven forfeits on the day, and capitalized with six pins to go 2-0 on the day.  York returns to action at the Messiah Open on February 8th.