In its first match of the season, and first under new head coach Duane Bastress, the York College wrestling team lost Tuesday night at Lycoming, 24-13.
The Spartans entered with just four days of practice, returning to the mats Friday when the program's interim suspension was lifted following the conclusion of the school's 10-day investigation into hazing incidents.
York (0-1) won four of the first seven bouts, getting decisions from freshmen Thomas Gattinella and Ryan Flynn and sophomore Adam Kritzer and a major decision by freshman Tyler Rhoads to take a 13-9 lead. Lycoming (1-0) took the final three bouts by decision and two pins to win the match.
A year ago, the Spartans defeated Lycoming, 35-9, and Lycoming went on to finish with an 8-8 record. Lycoming doesn't have anyone ranked in the top 10 of the National Wrestling Coaches' Association Division III preseason individual weight class rankings.
Missing from action for York on Tuesday was senior Chuck Glatz and junior Joey Giaccio, both of whom were national qualifiers last season and are listed on the team's roster this season. Glatz is picked as the seventh-best 141-pounder in the NWCA preseason rankings.
Bastress is a former two-time NCAA Division III national champion and longtime York College assistant coach. The Bermudian Springs High School graduate took over the Spartans' program this season after veteran head coach Tom Kessler resigned after last season.
York will next return to action Saturday in a tri-match at Waynesburg, which is currently No. 12 in the latest NCAA Division III rankings.
-- Reach John Walk at email@example.com.