WILKES-BARRE, PA – The York College wrestling squad got off to a great start to the 2017-18 season as the Spartans finished second at the Ned McGinley Invitational at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The Spartans totaled 146.5 points, finishing second to NYU in the event.
In addition to the two titles, York had three runner-up finishes and one third place finisher. York had 12 wrestlers earn top six finishes in the tournament.
Team Scores (Top Five Teams of 12 Teams Participating)
1. New York University – 158
2. York (Pa.) – 146.5
3. SUNY-Cortland – 131
4. Roger Williams – 127.5
5. Oneonta State – 87.5
Top Spartan Performers
• Junior Frankie Krauss got his season started with a championship at 184 pounds. Krauss, who moved up this year from 165 pounds, went 4-0 to earn his first collegiate championship. He started the day with a pin fall win over Wilkes Logan Huling, putting the Colonel on his back in 2:10. Krauss then registered a 5-4 win over Camden's Juan Ramos to earn his way into the semifinals. The junior notched a 10-6 win over Roger Williams' Connor Humphries in the semifinals to earn his way to the championship bout. Krauss then captured the championship with a 5-4 win over top seeded Deuly Espinal from SUNY-Cortland. Espinal entered the tournament as the fifth-ranked 184-pounder in the country.
• Sophomore Stefanos Karpontinis earned his first collegiate title in the heavyweight bracket on Saturday. He started off with an 8-0 major decision win over Kings' Kyle Osterhout. He then moved into the semifinals with a pin fall win over Muhlenberg's Scott Schaeffer. Karpontinis kept rolling with another pin fall win over NYU's Jacob Lill to earn his way to the title bout. The Spartan sophomore then won the title with a 2-0 win over SUNY-Cortland's Ryan O'Shea. Karpontinis finished the day 4-0 with a pair of pins.
• York's second place finishers included freshman Eric Hutchinson at 157, sophomore Jackson Drum at 165 pounds, and Joe Sindoni at 174 pounds. Hutchinson went 3-0 before falling to NYU's Raymond Jazikoff in the finals. Drum blew through his first three matches with two pins, a major decision and a decision before falling to Camden's Domenic DeMarco 9-6 in the finals. Sindoni earned a trio of wins to make it to the finals before falling to Cortland's Joseph Puca.
• York had a third place finisher as senior John Shorter captured the consolation championship at heavyweight. Shorter, who moved up to heavyweight from 197, advanced to the heavyweight semifinals where he dropped a tough 4-2 decision to Cortland's O'Shea. He bounced back with a 3-1 decision over top seeded Ralph Bernardo. He then won third place with a 3-2 victory over NYU's Santino Pelusi in the consolation championship.
• York earned a pair of fourth place finishes in the tournament. Jesse Huber finished fourth in the 184-pound weight class while senior captain David Keith finished tied for fourth at 165 pounds. Keith didn't get to wrestle for third because he reached the newly NCAA mandated limit of six matches in a day.
• York got a sixth place finish from Dylan Nuttall at 125, a fifth place finish at 133 from Trevor Sones, a fifth place finish from Greg Warner at 149, and a fifth place finish from Hasan Alic at 197.
He Said It
"I thought overall the guys wrestled extremely well," said Spartan head coach Duane Bastress. "It was a learning experience for some of our younger guys as well. I am pleased with how Frankie Krauss wrestled as well as the performance of Eric Hutchinson. Eric wrestled very well. He was aggressive and smart in his matches today. Frankie wrestled tough and his style of wrestling wears on guys. That style showed today in the finals as he beat the fifth ranked kid in the country in the finals. Overall, the team is ahead of where we were last year at this time. We were aggressive, physical, and wrestled smart all day. I am very pleased to have placed in nine out of ten weight classes and had five guys in the finals. We will get back to work on Monday to prepare for next weekend."
The Spartans head to Ursinus next Saturday for the Ursinus College Fall Brawl. The event is set for a 9:00 am start in Collegeville.