November 26, 2013

Surging Spartans Drown Blue Jays

YORK, Pa. – In the first home match of the season, the York College Spartans (3-4) rose up and defeated the Elizabethtown Blue Jays (2-3).  The 21-12 victory gave head coach Duane Bastress his first home win of the year.

The Spartans opened their scoring in the match with a big win by Ryan Flynn (Newtown Square Pa. / Marple Newtown) at 133.  Flynn picked up his 4-3 off of two crucial escapes that set the tone for the whole match.  Joey Giaccio (Cranford, N.J. / Cranford) used his speed to nab a win for himself at 141 which extended the Spartan lead to 7-3. 

Adam Kritzer (Herndon, Pa. / Line Mountain) piled on take downs and back points to secure a 12-1 win at 157 to put the Spartans back up to 11-6 lead. The Blue Jays started to threaten with a tow quick decisions at 165 and 174 and grabbed a 12-11 lead. Mitchell Ramsey (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Mechanicsburg) came out and got a crucial 8-4 decision to give the Spartans a permanent lead.

Coach Bastress stated, "It was a big win for him, and he has really stepped up this year."

The Spartans closed out the match with Zach Coleman (Belcamp, Md. / Harford Technical) dominating in his 14-3 win at 197.  Mike Spencer (Pompton Plains, N.J. / Pequannock Township), appearing for the first time this year in a York uniform, grabbing an 8-3 win at heavyweight.

Coach Bastress on the win, "It was a big match for us. The guys were excited about the opportunity all week, and they performed well."

He also stated that the team has picked up their confidence and are starting to really come together. Coach Bastress discussed that the team has come together and really acted like a family.

The Spartans finished their match before Thanksgiving with three major decisions and three decisions to edge out the ranked Blue Jays. The Spartans return to action next Saturday, December 7th for the New Standard Corporation Invitational. It will feature 12 teams and some of the best collegiate wrestling in December.

Mitchell Ramsey photo courtesy of Seth Nenstiel

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