Duane Bastress enters his third season at the helm of the Spartan program after being a long time assistant under Hall of Fame coach Tom Kessler.
Bastress, who was a two-time national champion under Kessler, served the previous six seasons as a Spartan assistant coach before accending to the program's top spot in the summer of 2013.
Bastress went 11-8 in his first year at the helm of the program as the Green and White overcame some early season adversity to finish strong. York won their last six dual meet matches and eight of their final nine of the season. Ryan Flynn and Adam Kritzer both earned NWCA All-Academic honors while the squad was 22nd in the nation with a 3.281 cumulative team GPA.
The 2014-15 season was a highly successful one for Bastress and the Spartans. York went 21-5 for the year as York finished with 20 wins for the first time under Bastress. Flynn earned the regions Most Outstanding Wrestler Award as he was the Mideast Regional champion at 133 pounds. He advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Flynn was also named a NWCA Scholar All-American for the second straight year.
The Spartans won 11 times in 2015-16, and finished fifth of 18 teams in the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. Ryan Flynn won the regional title at 133 pounds, his second regional crown. Flynn, Mike Spencer and Greg Warner all punched tickets to the NCAA Championships, where Warner earned All-American status. Warner finished fifth at 141 pounds in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
York continued to build on their success from the previous season, finishing with 14 wins and the No. 18 team in the country. As a team, the Spartans finished eighth of 19 teams at the NCAA Mideast Regional. Flynn again won the 133-pound title at regionals, his third consecutive win. Warner battled to finish third at regionals, again sending both of them to the NCAA Championships, this time in La-Crosse, Wisconsin. Both earned All-American honors, as Flynn finished sixth, and Warner was eighth.
Bastress won a pair of Division III National Championships in the Green and White, winning the tournament in 2005 and 2006. Bastress completed his senior year 40-0 and his three years at York College with a mark of 97-6. Including his one year stint at Bloomsburg, Bastress compiled a collegiate record of 114-21. He also ended his career with a 65-match winning streak.
A hands-on coach, Bastress will continue to get on the mat and train with the Spartans, providing York’s wrestlers with a great example of dedication to the Spartan program. His intense work ethic, drive for success, and understanding of high-level wrestling will continue to help the York squad grow and develop.
Bastress was inducted into the NWCA Division III Hall of Fame at the 2013 Division III National Championships in Iowa.
Bastress resides in York with his wife, April, and their daughter Cora. April is a former standout field hockey player for York.