Great Week for Panthers
YC Athletics had a great week in several sports beginning with the men's basketball team winning four conference games in a row. Coming off home victories the prior weekend over Central Baptist and an exciting overtime win over College of the Ozarks, Coach Delton Deal took his team on the road to face Oklahoma Wesleyan and Southwestern Christian. The Panthers battled back from a 7-point deficit at the half to win the game 82-79. York shot 53% in both field goals and three point attempts.
The second night of action against Southwestern was also a tight game with the teams tied at the half at 37 apiece. Neither team shot well from the floor, but the Panthers were able to pull away in the end with an 80-71 victory. The men are now 11-10 on the season and 4-1 in conference play. Their next games are this weekend at home against Haskell University and Central Christian.
In wrestling action, YC junior Shaun Howard was the hero of Thursday night's dual against #13 Concordia University, winning at 197 pounds to secure the 27-21 victory. Wins also came from Miles Negley, Nick Clarke, Kyle Wichman and Jake McCoy. Ranked #11 in the nation, McCoy, a senior from Coos Bay, Ore., dominated the match against the #5 wrestler Alfredo Torres, pinning him at the 4:34 mark. Howard's clutch performance at the end of the match secured the victory.
On Saturday, the Panthers hosted their second York College Open of the season, attracting 19 teams with 215 wrestlers registered. Held at the Holthus Fieldhouse, the all day event featured an impressive six mats of action throughout the day. Click here for pics.
Jake McCoy earned the top honor of the team, winning at 174. After receiving a bye for his first match, McCoy scored a major decision in his second and pinned his final three opponents. Kyle Wichman, a junior from Silver Lake, Kan., placed second at 165 with two pins and a major decision. Bakersfield, Calf., junior Brian Magno took 3rd place finish at 133, pinning four of his opponents. Three YC wrestlers placed 5th at the open: Josh Lopez - 141, Nicholas Clarke - 149, and Joe Madison - 184.
With ten athletes qualifying for Nationals, head coach Ramon Diaz and associate head coach Greg Smith are nearing the mark set at the beginning of the season of taking 12 wrestlers to the NAIA National Championships: Miles Negley (125), Wes Negley (133), Brian Magno (133), Chrystian Banuelos (141), Josh Lopez (141), Nicholas Clarke (149), Jacob McCoy (165), Kyle Wichman (165), Bradlee Carls (197), and Ray Johnson (285)
YC's indoor track program kicked off their season January 13-14 at the Holiday Inn Open, hosted by the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Andrew Aragon, junior from Delta, Col., and Shaylee Carlock, junior from Turney, Mo., finished in the top 3 for shot put. Both athletes are seeded #5 in the NAIA.
This past Saturday in the Charlie Foster Invite hosted by UNK, York placed top 6 in every event we entered. Aragon won men’s shot put, Jade Hodge qualified for NCCAA nationals in the triple jump, Warren Lannon placed 2nd in the 800, Karissa Austin placed 2nd in the women’s 800, Kawika Pedrina placed 4th in the 60 meter dash against a field of 36 sprinters, and Carlock placed 4th in the women's shot.