The York College wrestling team will send a pair of Spartans to the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championships in two weeks.
Senior Ryan Flynn won the 133-pound weight class on Sunday at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championship in York, and sophomore Greg Warner battled his way back through the consolation bracket to finish third at 141 and also earn a trip to nationals.
The Spartans finished eighth as a team, accumulating 64.5 points. The Spartans had a champion, a third-place finisher, a fifth-place finisher and a sixth-place finisher.
Messiah won the team championship with 141 points, easily outdistancing Baldwin Wallace, which finished second. The Yellow Jackets accumulated 98.5 points. Waynesburg finished third with 95.5 points while Oswego State (78.5 points) and Brockport (70.0 points) rounded out the top five teams.
Flynn continued his stellar season, earning his third straight Mideast Regional championship at 133. Flynn will make his third trip to the national championships. Flynn advanced to the championship on Sunday with a 3-1 win over Elizabethtown's Bryan Pflanz in the semifinals. Flynn then captured gold with a 4-2 win over Oswego's Evan Corso.
Flynn is now 37-2 overall and 128-32 in his York College career. He has won 19 straight matches. Flynn is three wins away from tying head coach Duane Bastress for the single-season wins record of 40. Bastress set the record in 2005-06 when he went 40-0 en route to his second consecutive national championship.
Warner made life difficult on himself by dropping his first match on Saturday. That loss forced him to win six straight matches to earn his way back to the national championship tournament. Sunday, he blitzed Lycoming's Joseph Santomarco with a 16-0 first-period tech fall to earn his way to the consolation semifinals. He then bounced John Carroll's Sal Corraro in equally dominating fashion, with another 16-0 first-period tech fall. Warner then defeated Wilkes' Matthew Grossmann, the tournament's top seed at 141, 3-1 to finish third and earn the berth at nationals. Warner is now 29-10 with a team-best seven tech falls. He has 59 career wins.
Freshman Stefanos Karpontinis closed out his first year with York with a fifth-place finish at 285. Karpontinis earned his way to the consolation semifinals with a 10-5 win over Elizabethtown's Eric Eckstein. Karpontinis dropped his next match 4-2 but earned a win in the fifth-place match. Karpontinis finished 19-12.
Junior John Shorter finished sixth for the Spartans at 197. He dropped his semifinal match against top-seeded Triston Engle and then never really got back on track. Shorter finished 23-9.
Flynn and Warner will head to La-Crosse, Wisconsin on Wednesday, March 8, to participate in the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship tournament hosted by Wisconsin-La Crosse. The two-day tournament kicks off Friday, March 10, and concludes on Saturday, March 11.
Spartans split in softball: The York College softball team split a pair of games on Sunday in Clermont, Florida, and now sits at 2-2 on the season.
York downed Waynesburg, 6-2, but fell to Hanover, 5-2.
In the win vs. Waynesburg, Melissa Jurkiewicz pitched a compete-game five-hitter to improve to 2-0. She struck out three and didn't allow a walk.
Julie VanO'Linda went 3 for 3 for York, with two RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base. Savannah Zittle (two hits, two RBIs) and Joanna Marmo (two hits, run) also excelled in York's 13-hit attack.
In the loss to Hanover, McKenzie Writt had both RBIs for the Spartans.
York County men square off in D-I men's volleyball match: Three former York-Adams League volleyball standouts squared off in an NCAA Division I men's match on Friday, when Penn State downed George Mason in Fairfax, Virginia, 25-21, 17-25, 25-16, 25-17.
Northeastern grad Luke Braswell had 41 assists and five digs for PSU, while Central grad Royce Clemens had three assists and three digs. For George Mason, Central grad Hayden Wagner had two kills.
PSU, ranked No. 15 in the nation, is now 11-6. George Mason is 5-9.