York College Wrestlers Make History

 By Ken Kush

York News Times Sports Editor

NORTHFIELD, MINN. -- After a very eye-opening season debut loss to Morningside about two weeks ago, the York College wrestling team rebounded in a huge way as they captured the school's first ever dual victory this past weekend. The Panther grapplers made their way north and defeated St.
Olaf University, an NCAA Division III, school by the final score of 28-11.

The Panthers dominated the dual, winning seven of the team's 10 matches and earned a win that put the team in the history books.

"The guys were very excited about the win, and when I told them they were in the history books that especially got their attention," commented York College wrestling coach Jordan Nichols. "I was expecting to wrestle well, and after we won a few matches, then I was expecting to win. Over the past week or so we have been working on keeping our legs out. In the matches against Morningside it wasn't as much about conditioning as it was about being rode out by our opponents. It's very difficult to do anything when you have your face in the mat for most of the match. We focused on the entire match, not just the takedowns."

Nichols said that while the entire team worked hard and wrestled well, Tony Ponce and Ryan Kromer had very impressive outings. Ponce defeated George Jiminez of St. Olaf 2-0 in a very good match.

"Tony stayed in the match, he was well composed and focused on what he needed to do," said Jordan. "The kid he beat was a JUCO All-American from California. Also, Ryan Kromer defeated one of their better wrestlers and he was very active and aggressive during his match."

Kromer was a 12-5 winner over Thomas Kopietz.

The score was pretty close heading into the 157 pound match, but from that point on the Panthers captured five of the next six matches to pull away for the initial dual win.

While the team can use this success to build on, Nichols said the Panthers still have a ways to go. They will be heading to Oskalusa, Iowa this Wednesday to battle both host school William Penn University and Oklahoma City.

"They are both NAIA schools, but William Penn is rated No. 3 in the nation," stated Nichols. "Then on Dec. 5 we take on Missouri Valley, the No. 2 team in the nation."

It will not be until January of 2007 that the York College grapplers will be back in action on their home mats.

The Panthers won seven of ten matches to pull out the convincing win.   

125 - Kevin Gray (YC) def. Andres Arimendi (StO) 6-5 DEC
133 - Dan Rysavy (StO) def. Matthew Cimmino (YC) 13-0 MD
141 - Brandon Pigorsch (YC) def. Greg Peabody (StO) 16-1 TF5
149 - Nick Espinoa (StO) def. Jaltheasu
Palmer (YC) 12-3 MD
157 - Weston Fleming (YC) def. Lucas Scott (StO) 18-4 MD
165 - Ryan Kromer (YC) def. Thomas Kopietz (StO) 12-5 DEC
- Trey Jackson (YC) def. Joseph Trouche (StO) Fall 3:38
184 -
Tony Ponce (YC) def. George Jimenez (StO) 2-0 DEC
- Steven Wood (StO) def. Tyler
Phipps (YC) 4-0 DEC
Hwt - Bryan Irsik (YC) def. August Lambers (StO) 12-3 MD