YORK, Pa. – The No. 21 York College wrestling team surrendered a 29-12 victory to No. 4 Messiah College on Friday night at Charles Wolf Gymnasium.
The top-25 matchup featured some of the nation's top wrestlers as the Falcons (15-2) brought four top-10 nationally ranked wrestlers to Wolf Gym, including the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 125 in Lucas Malmberg, while the Spartans (13-8) featured the 10th-ranked wrestler at 285 in senior Mike Spencer (Pompton Plains, N.J. / Pequannock Township).
Messiah claimed victories at six of the 10 bouts, including three pin falls and one technical fall. All four of York's victories came by decision.
Junior captain Ryan Flynn (Eagleville, Pa. / Marple Newtown) bumped to up wrestle at 141 where he claimed a 4-3 decision as he scored two escapes and received penalty points to seal the victory.
Freshman Greg Warner (Newville, Pa. / Big Spring) also bumped up a weight class to 149 where claimed a 10-4 victory by scoring a takedown, two reversals and four back points.
Junior Adam Kritzer (Herndon, Pa. / Line Mountain) was also a part of York's shift in weight classes as he moved up to 157 where he scored a 7-5 victory on a takedown, two reversals and racked up 1:32 in riding time.
Spencer claimed York's final victory of the night as he scored a 9-2 decision victory. The senior recorded a takedown in the first period to put his man on his back and narrowly missed out on scoring the pin fall. Instead, Spencer racked up four back points following the takedown and added a reversal in the second period to go along with 1:41 of riding time.
The Spartans will hit the mat tomorrow as they head up the road to Messiah College to compete in the Messiah Open starting at 10:00 a.m. York's next dual match will be at home against Elizabethtown on February 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Mike Spencer photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers – Five Star Media
#4 Messiah 29 - #21 York 12
125: Lucas Malmberg (M) def. Lake Laughman (Y) tech. fall 18-1 (5:00)
133: Hunter Harris (M) def. Evan Zuzulock (Y) pin (1:04)
141: Ryan Flynn (Y) def. Arty Walsh (M) dec. 4-3
149: Greg Warner (Y) def. Greg Kabakjian (M) dec. 10-4
157: Adam Kritzer (Y) def. Tag Wilber (M) dec. 7-5
165: Jeff Hojnacki (M) def. Frankie Krauss (Y) pin (4:17)
174: Ben Swarr (M) def. Mitchell Ramsey (Y) dec. 7-3
184: Josh Thomson (M) def. Ryan Anthony (Y) pin (4:10)
197: Kyle Koser (M) def. John Shorter (Y) dec. 7-5
285: Mike Spencer (Y) def. Jason Wright (M) dec. 9-2