WILLIAMSPORT, PA – The York College wrestling squad dropped a 24-13 decision to Lycoming College to open the 2013-14 season on Tuesday night in Williamsport, PA.
The Spartans fall to 0-1 while the Warriors are now 1-0 in dual meets this season.
The match was the debut of new head coach Duane Bastress, the former two-time Spartan national champion and longtime assistant coach who assumed the reigns of the program last spring.
The Spartans started off with an early lead as freshman Tom Gattinella (Sewell, N.J./Saint Augustine Prep) opened his collegiate career with a 6-2 victory over Cody Barbiche at 125 pounds. Fellow freshman Ryan Flynn (Newtown Square, Pa./Marple Newtown) followed that up with a 9-4 win over Andrew Gipe at 133 pounds as the Spartans led 6-0 after two weight classes.
Lycoming got even with a pair of decisions at 141 and 149, knotting the match score at six.
Sophomore Adam Kritzer (Herndon, Pa./Line Mountain) gave the lead back to York with a solid 7-5 win at 157 pounds. However, just as the pattern had been in the earlier matches, Lycoming's Matthew Neff won the 165-pound bout to tie the match for a second time.
Freshman Tyler Rhoads (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) came up big with an impressive 12-0 major decision win over Johnathan Secor at 174 pounds as York took a four point lead, 13-9. Lycoming pulled to within a point with a narrow come-from-behind 3-1 win at 184 pounds, setting the stage for a comeback for the Warriors.
Lycoming seized a lead they would not lose at 197 as Nikolas Christine turned a 5-3 deficit into a pin fall win as Lycoming took an 18-13 lead. Lycoming closed out the match with a pinfall win in the heavyweight match.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they travel to Waynesburg College to face the host Yellow Jackets and Mercyhurst in a tri-match. The action is slated for an 11:00 am start.