Spartans Place 11 Wrestlers, Capture Two Titles at Messiah Open

Spartans Place 11 Wrestlers, Capture Two Titles at Messiah Open

GRANTHAM, Pa. – The York College wrestling team had 11 out of 15 wrestlers place, including two first place finishes at the Messiah Open on Saturday.

Sophomores Ryan Flynn (Newtown Square Pa. / Marple Newtown) and Austin Barley (York, Pa. / Spring Grove) each took home first place titles in 133 and 165 respectively.

Freshman Lake Laughman (New Oxford, Pa. / New Oxford) placed fourth at 125 as he went 4-2 on the day with notable victories of an 18-0 tech fall and a 3:10 pin fall.

Taylor Logue (Finksburg, Md. / Winters Mill) and Ronald Hindman (Columbia, Md. / Long Reach) also placed at 125 as the two wrestlers met up in the sixth place match. Logue took sixth place with a 3-2 decision. Logue also had a 0:42 pin fall and an 11-0 major decision earlier in the day, while Hindman had a 0:41 pin fall previously on his resume.

The 133 pound bracket had an all-York semifinal. Flynn would emerge victorious out of the four, as the sophomore compiled a 4-0 record on the day with two pin falls and a 4-2 decision over Jeffrey Walker (Bristow, Va. / Brentsville) in the championship match. Walker took second place as he went 3-1 on the day with a notable 11-0 major decision on his resume.

Flynn's four wins today improves his team-leading record to 36-9 and extends his win streak to 13 matches.

Evan Zuzulock (West Deptford, N.J. / West Deptford) took home fifth place at 133 as he defeated Alex Hin (Miller Place, N.Y. / Miller Place) with a 19-2 tech fall. Hin took sixth place and went 2-2 on the day, outscoring opponents 16-9 in his two victories.

Senior John Allenson (Glenside, Pa. / Germantown Academy) earned York's highest placement at 149 with a fourth place finish. Allenson went 2-2 on the day with a 3:49 pin fall and missed out on a chance to compete for a first place finish as he lost 2-1 in the semifinal round.  

Joseph Ramsel (Parkton, Md. / Hereford) also placed at 149 as he took home an eighth place finish and had two pin falls on the day.

Barley was the lone Spartan to compete at 165 as he took home the title with a 12-7 decision in the championship match. Barley went 3-0 on the day as he outscored his opponents 20-12.

Mike Spencer (Pompton Plains, N.J. / Pequannock Township) posted a 3-1 record at 285 as he came up short in the final match, losing 6-0 and took home the second place finish. Spencer had two first-period pins on the day.

The Spartans return to the mat on Thursday, February 19 as they travel to Gettysburg for their final dual match of the season.

Ryan Flynn and Austin Barley photos courtesy of Derek Behrenshausen – Asst. Director of Athletic Communications

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