York College wrestling team begins three-day Giving Challenge


Hoping to raise funds to help the program, the York College wrestling team began a three-day Giving Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

York College wrestler Greg Warner (left) returns to the Spartans this season as a two-time All-American. York College begins its season on Saturday at the Kings College Monarch Invitational.

The fundraising effort is in conjunction with Spartan Advance, York College's official athletic booster club.

The event will run from Wednesday through Saturday, when the Spartans open up their 2017-18 season at the Kings College Monarch Invitational in Wilkes-Barre.

"We have such a deep and rich history of successful wrestling at York College," York head coach Duane Bastress said in a news release. "We have been very fortunate to have received great support throughout the years from our local wrestling community. York College wrestling has provided me with a great experience as a student-athlete and now as a coach. ... I am hoping this challenge will enable us to receive some financial support and enable us to give our student-athletes the best experience possible."

The money raised during the challenge will go toward purchasing new equipment, adding to the Spartan recruiting budget and other benefits for the student-athletes.

York College alumni, fans, community members and parents are encouraged to help make a financial impact on the wrestling program.

"Every little bit counts," Bastress said in the news release. "We would encourage our alums to give back to a program that has given all of us so much."

The Spartans are coming off a 2016-17 season in which they went 14-4 in dual-meet competition. At the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, York finished eighth out of 19 teams and sent a pair of wrestlers onto the NCAA Division III National Championships, Ryan Flynn and Greg Warner.

There, Flynn finished sixth overall at 133 pounds, while Warner took eighth at 141 pounds. Flynn graduated, but Warner is returning as a two-time All-American.

There is only one York County product on the Spartans' team this year, Dayoud Ilayan, a freshman from York Suburban.

After this weekend's season-opening invitational, the Spartans' first home match of the season will come on Wednesday, Nov. 15, against Elizabethtown.

LoBianco named CAC Coach of the Year: The York College women's cross country coach, Stephen LoBianco was named the Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

LoBianco led the Spartans to their second consecutive CAC championship this past Saturday, Oct. 28. It's also the second consecutive coach-of-the-year honor for LoBianco after guiding the program to its first CAC title in 2016.

York won the CAC crown by nine points over Salisbury.

Next up for the team is the Mideast Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Big Spring High School in Carlisle. The Spartans finished ninth in the competition last season.

Spartans field hockey team falls in OT: Twice the York College field hockey led in Wednesday's CAC Tournament semifinal, but it couldn't finish off Salisbury.

The Sea Gulls rallied from one-goal deficits twice, eventually knocking off the Spartans in overtime, 3-2.

Autumn Mallory and Lindsay Nye each scored a goal for York (12-6) , but it wasn't enough, as Salisbury (12-3) found the winner late in the first overtime period.

The Spartans entered the game ranked.No. 19 in NCAA Division III, while Salisbury came in ranked No. 6.