YORK, PA – The York College wrestling team will be sending a pair of Spartans to the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championships in two weeks. Senior Ryan Flynn won the 133-pound weight class and sophomore Greg Warner battled his way back through the consolation bracket to finish third and earn the trip to nationals.
The Spartans finished eighth as a team as they accumulated 64.5 points. They had a champion, a third place finisher, one fifth place finisher and one sixth place finisher in the tournament.
Messiah won the team championship with 141 points, easily outdistancing Baldwin Wallace who finished second. The Yellow Jackets accumulated 98.5 points. Waynesburg finished third with 95.5 points while Oswego State (78.5 points) and Brockport (70.0 points) rounded out the top five teams.
TOP SPARTAN PERFORMANCES
• Senior Ryan Flynn continues his amazing season as he earned his third straight Mideast Regional championship at 133 pounds. Flynn will be making his third trip to the national championships. Flynn advanced to the championship on Sunday with a 3-1 win over Elizabethtown's Bryan Pflanz in the semifinals. Flynn then captured gold with a 4-2 win over Oswego's Evan Corso. Flynn is now 37-2 overall and 128-32 in his storied York College career. He has won 19 straight matches for the Spartans. Flynn is three wins away from tying head coach Duane Bastress for the single season wins record of 40. Bastress set the record in 2005-06 when he went 40-0 in route to his second consecutive national championship.
• Sophomore Greg Warner made life difficult on himself as he dropped his first match on Saturday. That loss forced him to win six straight matches to earn his way back to the national championship tournament. On Sunday, he blitzed Lycoming's Joseph Santomarco with a 16-0 first period tech fall to earn his way to the consolation semifinals. He then bounced John Carroll's Sal Corraro in equally dominating fashion with another 16-0 first period tech fall. Warner then defeated Wilkes Matthew Grossmann, the tournament's top seed at 141, 3-1 to finish third and earn the berth at nationals. Warner is now 29-10 for the season with a team-best seven tech falls. He now has 59 career wins for the Green and White.
• Freshman Stefanos Karpontinis closed out his first year in the Green and White with a fifth place finish at 285 pounds. Karpontinis earned his way to the consolation semifinals with a 10-5 win over Elizabethtown's Eric Eckstein. Karpontinis dropped his next match 4-2 but earned a win in the fifth place match. Karpontinis finishes his freshman year with a mark of 19-12.
• Junior John Shorter finished sixth for the Spartans at 197 pounds. He dropped his semifinal match against top seeded Triston Engle and then never really got back on track as he placed sixth. Shorter finishes the year with a mark of 23-9.
Flynn and Warner will head to La-Crosse, Wisconsin on Wednesday, March 8 to participate in the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship tournament hosted by Wisconsin-La Crosse. The two-day tournament kicks off Friday, March 10 and concludes on Saturday, March 11. Please check back at www.ycpspartans.com for the most up to date information about Flynn and Warner.