COLLEGEVILLE, PA – The York College wrestling team had another stellar Saturday as the Spartans dominated at the Ursinus College Fall Brawl in Collegeville, PA. The Spartans had three wrestlers earn individual tournament championships. Sophomore heavyweight Stefanos Karpontinis won his second straight tournmanet title while Greg Warner and Jackson Drum each earned titles of their own.
There was no team score kept at the tournament but the Green and White would have been near, if not at, the top of the team scoring. The Spartans have exploded out of the gate so far in 2017.
Top Spartan Performers
• Sophomore Stefanos Karpontinis was again dominant in earning his second straight tournament championship. The heavyweight began his day with a pin fall win over McDaniel's Jose Orsario as he put him on his back in a mere 1:08. He followed that with an 8-2 decision over Camden's Mark Gillis. Karpontinis kept rolling with a 14-2 major decision win over TCNJ's Dennis Dressel to earn a spot in the semifinals. The Spartan earned his way to the finals with a 4-2 win over WPI's Austin Shrewsbury. In the championship bout, earned a hard-fought 5-3 double overtime win over Gettysburg All-American Paul Triandafilou. Karpontinis is now 9-0 with three pins for the year.
• Junior two-time All-American Greg Warner earned his first tournament title of the year with a strong performance at 149 pounds. Warner opened the day with a pin fall win over Ursinus' Freddy Corradetti as Warner put him on his back with 53 seconds left in the first period. He followed that with a dominating 17-4 major decision win over WPI's Peter Nash to move into the semifinals. Warner then registered another pin fall win as he put Gettysburg's Marc Larson on his back with 24 seconds left in the first period to move into the finals. Warner won the championship with a 4-2 win over Elizabethtown's Joseph Ghione. Warner now has eight wins, five of which have come via the pin.
• Sophomore Jackson Drum captured his first collegiate championship on Saturday at 165 pounds. Drum opened the tournament with a 7-0 win over WPI's Brendan Marion. He followed that with a pin fall win over McDaniel's Wade Bishop. Drum put Bishop on his back in a mere 2:06. Drum advanced to the quarterfinals with 2-0 win over Camden's Domenic DeMarco. Drum punched his ticket to the championship match with 5-3 win over Gettysburg's Colin Kowalski. The Spartan sophomore then sealed his title with a 5-3 victory over WPI's Chase Lind. Drum finished the day 5-0 as he improves to 9-1 for the campaign.
• York had two other wrestlers earn top four finishes during the tournament. Junior Frankie Krauss, fresh of his 184-pound championship last weekend at Kings, finished third in his weight class with his 10-7 win in the third place bout. Krauss dropped a 4-3 decision in the semifinals but bounced back to capture third place. Freshman Jesse Rocco placed fourth at 165 pounds.
He Said It
"I am really proud of how we wrestled today," said head coach Duane Bastress. "We have gotten off to a good start and we have a number of guys wrestling well. I thought Stef had a great tournament capped with a big win over a quality opponent in the heavyweight championship. I am looking forward to having our guys get to wrestle at home on Wednesday night."
Stefanos Karpontinis' win over top seeded Paul Triandafilou is a big win for the Spartan sophomore … Triandafilou is a two-time NCAA Division III National Qualifier and was a 2017 All-American … Triandafilou is now 64-10 in a little over two seasons for the Bullets … the championship match win for Greg Warner was his 70th career win for the Spartans.
The Spartans make their 2017-18 home debut on Wednesday night when they host Elizabethtown in their annual dual meet. The action is slated for a 7:00 pm start at the M&T Bank Field House.