WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The No. 13 ranked York College wrestling team compiled a 2-1 record in pool play on day one of the Budd Whitehill National Duals on Friday.
John Shorter (Lancaster, Pa. / Manheim Township) and Tyler Rhoads (Harrisburg, Pa. / Central Dauphin East) both went 3-0 on the day. Shorter compiled two decisions and one major, out-scoring his opponents 18-3, while Rhoads claimed two major decisions and an injury forfeit.
Mike Spencer (Pompton Plains, N.J. / Pequannock Township) went 2-1 with a major decision and a pin fall. Spencer missed out on an undefeated day due to a narrow 5-0 loss to the No. 1 ranked heavyweight wrestler in the country in Cody Lovejoy from Ohio Northern.
Ryan Flynn (Newtown Square Pa. / Marple Newtown) and Adam Kritzer (Herndon, Pa. / Line Mountain) also recorded 2-1 records on the day. Flynn captured a 5-0 decision and a 15-3 major decision, while suffering a narrow 3-2 defeat in his third match. Kritzer earned two decisions by a combined score of 17-7 and suffered a loss in his second bout by a narrow margin 13-10.
#13 York 27 RIT 12
The Spartans (9-2) took an early lead through the first two bouts as Lake Laughman (New Oxford, Pa. / New Oxford) claimed a forfeit at 125 and then Flynn extended the lead with a 5-0 decision at 133.
The Tigers (2-4) claimed the next two bouts at 141 and 149, but Kritzer put a stop to the RIT run as he produced a 9-4 decision at 157 to put York ahead 12-6.
Mitchell Ramsey (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Mechanicsburg) surrendered an injury forfeit at 165 which tied the score at 12-12 and opened the door for the Tigers. However, York's strong and reliable upper-weights shutout RIT as the Spartans swept the final four bouts.
York received back-to-back major decisions, first at 174 with Rhoads winning by a margin of 12-4 and then Nick Zak (Jackson, N.J. / Jackson Liberty) claimed a 15-2 victory at 184.
Shorter sealed the victory for the Spartans as he picked up a 4-2 decision at 197 to put the score at 23-12 in favor of York.
Spencer inflated the Spartan lead as he earned an 11-2 major decision at 285.
Williams 21 #13 York 17
The Green and White (9-3) started out in an early hole following a 6-2 loss at 125, but then got a boost of momentum and took the lead from a 15-3 major decision by Flynn at 133.
Williams (4-0) got hot and went on a run, claiming four straight victories from 141-165, capped off by a pin fall at 165 to take an 18-4 lead.
The Spartans tried to claw their way back, beginning with Rhoads who earned a 13-4 major at 174. However, the Ephs took a 6-1 decision at 184 and put the chance of a Spartan comeback out of reach as they took a 21-8 lead with two bouts remaining.
The Spartans finished strong and showed that they still had a lot of fight left in them despite not having a chance to win the dual. Shorter claimed a 6-1 decision at 197 and Spencer captured a pin fall at 285 in 2:58.
#13 York 22 Ohio Northern 15
For the second match in a row, the Spartans (10-3) saw themselves fighting from behind as Ohio Northern (7-2) claimed the first two bouts by narrow margins of 8-3 and 3-2. Thomas Moss (Williamstown, N.J. / Williamstown) put a stop to the bleeding and picked up a 5-2 victory at 141 to cut the Spartan deficit to 6-3.
The two teams would exchange blows back-and-forth through the middleweights with York claiming an 8-3 decision at 157 courtesy of Kritzer.
A key point in the dual was a three-bout sweep for York at 174, 184 and 197 where the Spartans were able to come away with 14 team points and seal the victory.
Rhoads received and injury forfeit at 2:49 at 174 pounds and Steven Lee (Kings Park, N.Y. / Kings Park) captured a huge pin fall in 4:29 at 184 pounds to give York some breathing room with an 18-12 lead. Shorter claimed York's final victory of the match and sealed the win for the Spartans with an 8-0 major decision at 197.
York earned the second seed in Group D and will face the second seed of Group C, Wisconsin-Stevens Point at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.
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Tylers Rhoads photo courtesy of David Sinclair