ALLIANCE, Ohio – The #18 York College Wrestling team continued to impress as the Spartans compiled a record of 3-1 on Saturday at the highly competitive Mount Union Duals.
The most dramatic moment of the day occurred in the heavyweight bout in the dual match against Baldwin Wallace when Mike Spencer (Pompton Plains, N.J. / Pequannock Township) pinned his man to give York (7-2) the 22-17 win after the Spartans entered that bought trailing 16-17. Spencer finished with a 3-0 record on the day.
#18 York 26 #14 Thiel 12
The Spartans came out of the gates looking strong as they started the day with back-to-back major decisions by Lake Laughman (New Oxford, Pa. / New Oxford) at 125 and Ryan Flynn (Newtown Square Pa. / Marple Newtown) at 133.
A 6-4 decision at 149 by Drew Spector (West Deptford, N.J. / West Deptford) extended the York lead to 11-6.
Thiel (1-1) claimed consecutive victories at 157 and 165 to take a 12-11 lead, but York came storming back with four consecutive victories to win the dual.
Tyler Rhoads (Harrisburg, Pa. / Central Dauphin East) got the rally started as he squeaked out a 1-0 decision at 174. Nick Zak (Jackson, N.J. / Jackson Liberty) polished off his man at 184 with a 10-1 major to put York ahead 18-14.
John Shorter (Lancaster, Pa. / Manheim Township) sealed the Spartan victory as he earned a major decision with a 10-2 victory at 197. Spencer added icing to the cake as he claimed York's fourth straight bout victory and third consecutive major decision at heavyweight.
#24 Mount Union 24 #18 York 9
Mount Union (2-1) jumped out to a commanding 21-0 lead through the first six bouts before the Spartans could muster up a single team point. York finally got on the scoreboard when Rhoads claimed his second decision of the day at 174, bringing the Mount Union lead to 21-3.
York picked up a consecutive victory at 184 when Zak picked up his second victory of the day with a 5-4 decision. Spencer won the final bout of the dual as he earned a 4-2 decision at heavyweight.
#18 York 22 Baldwin Wallace 17
The Spartans and Yellow Jackets (5-4) traded blows through the first four bouts of the match, but Baldwin Wallace held a 12-7 lead as result of capturing two pins at 125 and 141. Flynn earned a 14-4 major at 133 and John Allenson (Glenside, Pa. / Germantown Academy) picked up his first victory of the day with a 7-4 decision at 149.
Cory Rank (Wyomissing, Pa. / Wyomissing) broke the back-and-fourth trend as he made it consecutive wins for York with an 11-7 decision at 157.
The Yellow Jackets answered right back with two straight wins at 165 and 174 to take a 17-10 lead with three bouts remaining.
Zak won the first of the final three matches with a 4-3 decision at 184 to pull within four points of the BW lead. Shorter followed up Zak's performance with a 2-1 decision at 197 and put York one point behind the Jackets.
Down one point and with the match on the line, Spencer went out and in dramatic fashion pinned his man 1:05 into his bout to win the dual 22-17 over previously 14th ranked Baldwin Wallace.
#18 York 56 Muskingum 0
Coming off an emotional victory in the previous match, York looked to not have a let-down performance against Muskingum (0-4).
The Fighting Muskies spotted the Spartans 18 points due to forfeits in the first three bouts.
Action finally got underway at 149 and Allenson extended the lead to 24-0 with a pin.
George Baker (Gap, Pa. / Pequea Valley) kept the momentum going as he picked up a major decision at 157 by a score of 12-2.
A pair of Spartan pins by Mitchell Ramsey (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Mechanicsburg) at 165 and Rhoads at 174 pushed the lead to 40-0.
Muskingum forfeited the 184 bout and Troy Uhrin (Archbald, Pa. / Valley View) claimed York's fourth pin of the dual at 197.
Matt Zippilli (Washingtonville, N.Y. / Washingtonville) capped off York's victory in style with a 9-1 major decision at 285.
The Spartans will return to action on Tuesday night when they travel to Elizabethtown for a 7:30 p.m. dual.
Photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers