GRANTHAM, Pa. – The No. 22 York College wrestling team could only produce one bout victory as the Spartans fell to the No. 9 Messiah College Falcons 36-6 on the road Thursday night.
The lone highlight of the night for the Spartans (20-5) came at 133 when Ryan Flynn (Newtown Square Pa. / Marple Newtown) picked up his second fall of the season as he did so in 2:39. The sophomore owns the best record on the team as he improves to 32-9 overall and is currently riding a nine-match win streak.
York faced a talent-laden team in Messiah (17-1) as the Falcons rolled out four nationally ranked wrestlers against the Spartans at 125, 141, 157 and 174.
Lake Laughman (New Oxford, Pa. / New Oxford) met up with one those nationally ranked Falcons as the freshman suffered a pin fall at 125 to Lucas Malmberg who is ranked second in the land.
Chase Colley (Glen Allen, Va. / Hermitage) held his own and only dropped a 12-6 decision against the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 141 in Kaleb Loht.
After losing two of the first three bouts, the Spartans looked as though they might gain some ground on the Falcons, but unfortunately senior Drew Spector (West Deptford, N.J. / West Deptford) ended up losing his bout at 149 by a slim margin of 4-3.
Tyler Rhoads (Harrisburg, Pa. / Central Dauphin East) put together one of the strongest performances of night for York as he faced the No. 3 ranked wrestler in Josh Thomson at 174. Rhoads eventually would go on to lose a heartbreaking 6-4 decision early into the first overtime period.
John Shorter (Lancaster, Pa. / Manheim Township) also put forth a strong effort for the Spartans, but the phenomenal freshman saw his nine-match pin streak come to an end after losing a 6-2 decision.
York will return to Messiah on Saturday to compete in the Messiah Open. The Spartans next and final dual match will be on held on Thursday, February 19 at Gettysburg.
Ryan Flynn photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers