YORK, PA – The York College Spartan wrestling squad opened their stay at the 2017 NCAA Division III Mideast Regional in York on Saturday. After day one of competition, the Spartans sit tied for eighth with 34 points. The Spartans have two wrestlers who are still alive in the championship bracket and three others still in contention in the consolation bracket.
Eighth ranked Messiah College sits alone in first place with 68.5 points while ninth ranked Baldwin Wallace is second with 57.5 points. Waynesburg and Heidelberg are tied for third with 50.5 points while Brockport (43.5 points) rounds out the top five. York is tied with Mount Union and RIT.
TOP SPARTAN PERFORMERS
• Senior Ryan Flynn started as the top seed at 133 pounds and the Spartans' all-time career wins leader has not disappointed. Flynn opned his day with a 16-1 tech fall win over Isaiah Ocasio from RIT. He then moved into the semifinals with a 7-1 win over Brockport's Dillon Stowell. He will square off with Elizabethtown's Bryan Pflanz in the semifinals as he looks to earn his third straight berth in the NCAA Division III National Championships. Flynn is now 35-2 and 126-32 for his career. Flynn has won 18 straight matches for the Spartans.
• Junior John Shorter came out of the middle of the bracket at 197 to earn a berth in the semifinals. Shorter opened his tournament with a 5-0 win over Case Western's Gavin Dersh-Fisher. He earned a trip to the semifinals with a pin fall win over RIT's Tim Baumer. Shorter put Baumer on his back in a quick time of 1:25. Shorter will face top-seeded Triston Engle from Brockport. Engle earned his way to the semifinals with two pin fall wins that totaled a minute and 44 seconds. Shorter is now 23-6 with nine pins for the season.
• Sophomore All-American Greg Warner is still alive in the tournament despite dropping a 6-3 decision to Heidelberg's Hayden Bates in his opening bout of the day. Warner recovered to earn a 16-0 tech fall win over Case Western's Andrew Hoover in his first consolation bout. He then pinned Keystone's Ryan Celenza in a mere 1:45 to advance. Warner continued to move forward with a 5-4 win over Waynesburg's Fillioppo Crivelli as Warner moved into the consolation quarterfinals. He will open Sunday with a match against Lycoming's Joseph Santomarco for the right to advance to the consolation semifinals. Warner is now 26-10 overall for the season.
• Senior Tyler Rhoads is still alive at 165 pounds for the Green and White. Rhoads began his day with a 9-4 win over Scranton's Kevin Merle. Rhoads then got caught and pinned by Baldwin Wallace's Anthony Arroyo in the quarterfinals. Rhoads bounced back with an 11-5 win over Wilkes' Michael Paskas. Rhoads will face Mount Union's Jesse Gross for the right to advance to the consolation semifinals.
• Freshman Stefanos Karpotinis is the third Spartan who is still alive in the consolation bracket. Karpotinis started his day off on the wrong foot as he dropped an 8-2 decision to Baldwin Wallace's Gabriel Mahaney in the opening round. The freshman bounced back with a 5-3 victory over Brockport's Jacob Morris as he moved to the consolation quarterfinals. He then ripped off a 5-2 victory over Oswego's Kade Andrews. Karpotinis will now face Elizabethtown's Eric Eckstein for the right to advance to the consolation semifinals. Karpotinis is now 17-10 for the campaign.
The two-day regional continues Sunday at the M&T Bank Field House in the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center in York. The doors open at 9:00 am with wrestling set to get started at 10:00 am. The championship round is tentatively slated for a 1:30 pm start.
Ryan Flynn photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers - Five Star Media