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Hutchinson and Drum Win Individual Titles as Spartans Finish Second at King's

Hutchinson and Drum Win Individual Titles as Spartans Finish Second at King's

WILKES-BARRE, PA – The York College wrestling squad had an outstanding Saturday at the Ned McGinley Invitational hosted by Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The Green and White finished second of 12 teams as they accumulated 115.5 points to finish behind tournament champion Roger Williams as they had 150 points. Springfield finished third at 104 points followed by Cortland (95 points) and Penn College (90.5) to round out the top five teams.

The Spartans finished with two champions, one runner up as York put a total of seven wrestlers with top six finishes.

Sophomore Eric Hutchinson and senior Jackson Drum took home individual titles on the day. Hutchinson opened the day as the second seed at 157 pounds. He opened the day with a 15-0 tech fall in his opening round. He followed that with a tight 7-6 win over Cahal Donovan from Cortland State to advance to the semifinals. Hutchinson then rolled to a 12-2 major decision win over Cortland's Gianno Siliba to earn his way to the championship match. Hutchinson earned his first tournament title of the year with a 12-3 major decision win over Roger Williams' Tyler Gazaway. Hutchinson is now 7-0 for 2019-20.

Drum made his season debut a successful one as he won the 174-pound title. Drum, the number one seed, opened his tournament with a win by fall over Muhlenberg's Scott Horry. The fall came in just 1:13. Drum followed with a 14-0 major decision over Springfield's Nicholas Almonte to move into the semifinals. Drum got tested in the semifinals as his first period take down held up as he earned a hard-fought 2-0 win over Penn College's Dan Bergeron. Drum won his championship with a 5-1 win over Cortland's Demitreus Henry. Drum scored all five of his points in the opening period.

Sophomore Camden Farrow finished second at 197 pounds as he entered the tournament as the fourth seed. Farrow began the tournament with an 8-0 major decision over Southern Virginia's Matt Speelman. He advanced to the semifinals thanks to a 3-1 win over SUNY Oneonta's Jhordyn Innocent in the quarterfinals. Farrow got an escape and a take down in the second to give him his three points. Farrow moved into the championship match with an exciting 6-5 win over Penn College's Jared Mooney. Farrow got an escape and a take down in the third period to win the match. Farrow dropped a 13-5 decision to Luca Colestock from Muhlenberg in the title bout to earn second. Colestock had a big third period, turning a 3-2 Farrow lead into a 13-5 victory.

Freshman Axel Giron placed third at 125 pounds for the Green and White. He earned a 9-3 win in the round of 16 before falling 11-3 in the quarterfinals. Giron moved to the consolation semifinals thanks to a medical forfeit and then earned a 14-0 major decision win over Nick Bauer from Wilkes. Giron then won third place thanks to a no-contest over Springfield's Robert Hartling.

Sophomore Billy Myers, coming off a strong showing at Lycoming last week, placed fourth at 184 pounds. Myers began the tournament by beating Springfield's Ryan Errico 8-6 in his opening match. Myers then got pushed into the consolation bracket as he fell to Roger Williams Anthony Malfitano 8-1 in the round of 16. Myers battled back with a win by fall against King's Joseph Davis. Myers then blanked Oneonta's Jacob Mansman 4-0 in the consolation round of eight. Myers recorded his second win by fall over NYU's Scotti Dupont at the 6:53 mark. Myers won his consolation semifinal by medical forfeit and then dropped the third-place match becaue he had already wrestled his allotted number of matches on Saturday. 

Sophomore Blake Shalbert placed fifth at 141 while sophomore Kyle Strazdus was sixth at 174 pounds for the Green and White.

The Spartans head to Doylestown, PA next Saturday as they head to Delaware Valley to face Wilkes and Delaware Valley in a tri-match. York faces Wilkes at 4:30 followed by the match against the host Aggies at 6:00 pm.