Duane Bastress enters his third season at the helm of the Spartan program after being a long time assistant under Hall of Fame coach Tom Kessler.
Bastress, who was a two-time national champion under Kessler, served the previous six seasons as a Spartan assistant coach before accending to the program's top spot in the summer of 2013.
Bastress went 11-8 in his first year at the helm of the program as the Green and White overcame some early season adversity to finish strong. York won their last six dual meet matches and eight of their final nine of the season. Ryan Flynn and Adam Kritzer both earned NWCA All-Academic honors while the squad was 22nd in the nation with a 3.281 cumulative team GPA.
The 2014-15 season was a highly successful one for Bastress and the Spartans. York went 21-5 for the year as York finished with 20 wins for the first time under Bastress. Flynn earned the regions Most Outstanding Wrestler Award as he was the Mideast Regional champion at 133 pounds. He advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Flynn was also named a NWCA Scholar All-American for the second straight year.
The Spartans won 11 times in 2015-16, and finished fifth of 18 teams in the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. Ryan Flynn won the regional title at 133 pounds, his second regional crown. Flynn, Mike Spencer and Greg Warner all punched tickets to the NCAA Championships, where Warner earned All-American status. Warner finished fifth at 141 pounds in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
York continued to build on their success from the previous season, finishing with 14 wins and the No. 18 team in the country. As a team, the Spartans finished eighth of 19 teams at the NCAA Mideast Regional. Flynn again won the 133-pound title at regionals, his third consecutive win. Warner battled to finish third at regionals, again sending both of them to the NCAA Championships, this time in La-Crosse, Wisconsin. Both earned All-American honors, as Flynn finished sixth, and Warner was eighth.
Bastress won a pair of Division III National Championships in the Green and White, winning the tournament in 2005 and 2006. Bastress completed his senior year 40-0 and his three years at York College with a mark of 97-6. Including his one year stint at Bloomsburg, Bastress compiled a collegiate record of 114-21. He also ended his career with a 65-match winning streak.
A hands-on coach, Bastress will continue to get on the mat and train with the Spartans, providing York’s wrestlers with a great example of dedication to the Spartan program. His intense work ethic, drive for success, and understanding of high-level wrestling will continue to help the York squad grow and develop.
Bastress was inducted into the NWCA Division III Hall of Fame at the 2013 Division III National Championships in Iowa.
Bastress resides in York with his wife, April, and their daughter Cora. April is a former standout field hockey player for York.
Cory King enters his 10th year on the Spartan coaching staff after spending two seasons as the assistant wrestling coach at Smithfield High School in Smithfield, Va.
King, a Mercyhurst College graduate, brings plenty of experience to the Spartan staff. He posted a 30-17 career record at the Division II institution, missing several seasons due to redshirting and injury. King registered a banner season in 2003-2004 as he was named Mercyhurst’s first Scholar All-American, finished fifth at Eastern Regionals, and was an alternate for the NCAA championships that season.
Along with providing quality instruction for the Spartans, King has also put in tireless efforts on the recruiting trail. His work has helped the Green and White bring in a number of outstanding young wrestlers with the potential to succeed on the collegiate level.
Kyle Flickinger returns to the Spartan program for his seventh year as a York College assistant wrestling coach. Flickinger proved an exceptional performer for the Green and White and will look to translate that into the coaching realm.
A 2007 All-American, Flickinger owns the Spartan career wins record with 114 as he was a fantastic wrestler for the Spartans at the lower weights. With his outstanding experience, Flickinger should be a tremendous resource for the York wrestlers and will look to give the Green and White another experienced mentor.
Matt Heisey enters his sixth season as a York College assistant wrestling coach.
Heisey is a former standout wrestler for the Green and White. Heisey was a 2012 NCAA Division III National qualifier after going 28-10 and winning the 174 pound weight class at the Metropolitan Conference championships. He also earned NWCA Scholar All-American honors as he finished his York College career with a 3.77 GPA in mechanical engineering.
Heisey finished his career with an overall record of 75-46 at 174 pounds. Heisey will be responsible for assistanting coach Bastress in all aspects of the Spartan wrestling program.