Three Spartans qualify for NCAA Tournament


The No. 21 York College wrestling team finished fifth out of 18 teams with 78 points at the 2016 NCAA Mideast Regional Wrestling Championships with one individual champion, three NCAA national qualifiers and four top-six performers as the two-day tournament concluded on Sunday at Lycoming College.

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Junior captain Ryan Flynn finished as the Spartan's top-performer on the weekend as he defended his 133-pound title and will be making his second-consecutive trip to the NCAA National Championships. Flynn finished with an unblemished record of 4-0 during the two-day competition as he recorded an 11-0 major decision, a pin fall (5:59) and a 5-4 decision victory before scoring a 4-1 decision in the first-place bout to claim the title.

Flynn is now 29-7 on the year and will be looking for his second-straight 30-win season as he heads off to nationals. The junior is also sitting on 90 career wins, which puts him in a tie for seventh all-time in program history.

Mike Spencerwill see his successful senior campaign continue as he punched his first-ever ticket to the NCAA National Championships with a third place finish in the 285-pound weight class. Spencer compiled a record of 4-1 on the weekend, including back-to-back pin falls in his final two bouts.

Spencer is now 29-7on the season and extends his team-leading pin total to 19. The Senior will also be looking to record his second-straight 30-win season as he now sits on 105 career wins.

Freshman Greg Warner will continue to improve upon what has already been a stellar rookie campaign as he placed third at 141 and will also be making a trip to the NCAA National Championships in first collegiate season. Warner started out the weekend with back-to-back victories on a pin fall and a technical fall. The freshman then lost in overtime to senior All-American Jeremy Border of Mount Union in his third bout, which knocked Warner out of the championship bracket. Warner then had to win three straight matches just to get to the third place match, which he did with a 4-0 decision, a 16-0 technical fall and a 3-2 decision. Warner then notched his fourth-straight victory of the tournament as he scored an 11-4 decision victory to capture third place and advance to nationals.

Warner is now 25-9 on the season and surpassed Flynn for the most technical falls on the season with seven.

The program improved on last year's performance at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships where the Spartans placed 10th as a team with one national qualifier and three top-six performers. Three national qualifiers is most since 2013 when the program also had three wrestlers advance and it is also the most qualifiers under head coach Duane Bastress.

The 2016 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships will be held on March 11-12 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Softball splits doubleheader: The York College softball team kicked off its 2016 season by splitting a doubleheader on Sunday at The Spring Games in Clermont, Florida.

After dropping the first game of the day to Otterbein University, 11-0, in five innings, the Spartans (1-1) bounced back with a 6-0 victory over Lyndon State College.

With the game scoreless heading into the bottom of the fourth, York broke it open, scoring five times in the frame. Melissa Jurkiewicz drove in the game's first run and then also added an RBI in the sixth inning, part of a 2-for-3 day with 2 RBIs. That was plenty of support for herself in the circle, as she also tossed a one-hit shutout, striking out a career-high 10 hitters and walking none.

In the opening game of the day and the first of the year for the Spartans, they were doomed by a treacherous third inning, when Otterbein scored 10 times in the frame, turning a 1-0 lead into an 11-0 advantage. York was no-hit in the contest, only managing one base-runner the entire game, courtesy of a first-inning walk by Katie Maloney.

The two games are part of a 10-game stint to kick off the season for the Spartans in Florida, lasting through March 4. They will play another doubleheader on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday before returning home for their home opener on March 11 against Elizabethtown College.

Monday's doubleheader is set to begin at 9 a.m. against Cabrini College, followed by the second game against St. Vincent's College at 11 a.m.