Cheek Takes Second to Lead Berg at Messiah

Cheek Takes Second to Lead Berg at Messiah

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - The Heidelberg wrestling team officially opened the 2013-14 season as they took on tough competition at the Messiah Invitational. The Berg finished third in the team standings and left Mechanicsburg with eight place winners.

Sophomore 149-pounder Damon Cheek led the Student Princes with a second place finish. Cheek received a bye in the first round before scoring a 4-1 decision in the second round of the championship bracket. In the quarterfinals, Cheek wrestled his way to a 7-4 decision to move to the championship semifinal.

Cheek wrestled a tough 1-0 match in the semifinals against Michael Giorgio of the US Coast Guard Academy to advance to the championship final bout. Cheek suffered his only loss of the day against Derek Arnold of Ursinus in a 6-0 championship match.

Sophomores, 133-pounder Colin McDermitt and heavyweight Nino Majoy finished third at Messiah, along with freshman 197-pounder Justin Halaska and senior 165-pounder Jeremy Stepp.

McDermitt scored two pins before suffering his first loss of the afternoon in the semifinals. Colin then was pinned in a time of 5:48 to fall to the consolation semifinal round where he scored a technical fall of 17-1. In the consolation finals match, McDermitt won by decision over Kyle Cobentz of Messiah, 3-0.

Majoy began his journey toward a third place finish with two decisions of 7-3 and 6-4 in the first and second rounds. Majoy picked up his only loss of the day in the championship semifinals in a 5-0 decision before earning a 2-0 victory in the consolation semifinals. In the third-fourth place match, Majoy defeated teammate, freshman Alex Farrow, 6-1.

Stepp began his day with a first round bye, followed by a pair of major decisions, 15-4 and 16-2. Stepp suffered a 3-1 loss before rallying in the consolation semifinals with a 9-3 win. Stepp downed his opponent, 7-5 in the consolation finals to claim third.

Halaska has a stellar outing in his first appearance as a Student Prince. Justin received a first round bye then scored a 6-3 decision before losing in the championship semifinals, 6-3. In the consolation bracket, Halaska scored a 0:40 fall followed by a 6-3 decision in the consolation finals.

Senior 149-pounder Ian Gillespie and sophomore 125-pounder Tyler Price rounded out the Heidelberg place winners at Messiah, claiming fourth in their respective weight classes.

The Heidelberg wrestling team will return to the mat on Saturday, November 9 when they travel to Washington, Pa. The Berg men will be competing in the Washington & Jefferson Invitational as they continue to prepare Ohio Athletic Conference competition in January.