YORK, PA – The York College wrestling squad will be well represented this weekend at the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championships in Roanoke, Virginia.
Spartan head coach Duane Bastress will take a trio of wrestlers to compete in the national championship tournament. Seniors Greg Warner and Dylan Nuttall are joined by junior Brandon Ballard and are looking to etch their names among the long list of Spartan All-Americans.
Warner will be looking to make some program history this weekend. Warner is a four-time national qualifier for the Spartans as he will attempt to become the program's first four-time All-American. Warner earned his berth at the national championships as he earned the 149-pound championship at the Division III Southeast Regional at the end of February.
Warner enters the championships as the eighth seed at 149-pounds. Warner is 31-6 for the campaign as he owns five pins, 12 tech falls and seven major decisions. He led the Spartans in total team points of the year with 133.5. Warner will face Concordia-M'head's Ty Johnson who sports a mark of 30-11, in the opening round.
Warner finished second at last year's championship, falling to national champion Cross Cannone from Wartburg in the title bout. As a freshman, Warner finished fifth at 141 pounds and followed that with an eighth-place finish at 141 pounds as a sophomore.
Warner enters the championship with a career mark of 128-34 as he is three wins away from breaking Ryan Flynn's school record for victories with 131.
Nuttall is making his second consecutive trip to the national championships. Nuttall earned a hard-fought third place finish at the regional championships. The senior, who has been banged up during the year, showed what he can do when healthy as he had a strong regional tournament. Nuttall finished 14-10 for the year as he is now 47-26 for his three-year Spartan career. Nuttall will face fifth seeded Cameron Timok from Central (Iowa) in his opening match. Timok is 23-3 for the year.
Newcomer Ballard is making the most of his short time with the Spartans. Ballard joined the Spartans at the semester break and has given the Green and White a great presence at heavyweight. Ballard went 10-4 for the Spartans including a strong third-place finish at regionals. Ballard lost in the second round of regionals but battled back to in the consolation bracket with four straight wins to earn his first trip to nationals. Ballard faces seventh seeded Jake O'Brien from Ithaca in his first match. O'Brien comes into the championships with a record of 29-6.
The action is slated to start at 11:00 am Friday at the Berglund Center in Roanoke. Session One will feature the preliminary rounds one and two followed by the consolation first round. Session two kicks off Friday evening at 5:00 pm. Saturday's action kicks off at 10:00 am.