WHEATON, Ill. - Senior Jason Russell and sophomore Nino Majoy lead the Student Princes at the 2014 "Pete Willson" Wheaton Invitational with a pair of fourth place finishes. Russell and Majoy are joined by sophomore Colin McDermitt and junior Richard Dowdley who also claimed fifth and eighth in their respective weight classes.
Entering day two of competition, the Student Princes sat in sixth place in the team standings. At the end of competition on Saturday, they would remain in sixth place, scoring 75.5 points in two days.
Russell began his fourth place performance as the eighth seed at 197-pounds. The Student Prince scored a second period fall in 4:04 in his first round matchup, followed by an 8-4 decision to move him into the championship quarterfinals.
In quarterfinals action, Russell scored his second fall of the day in 3:05 to advance to the semifinal bout.
In the semifinals, Russell battled number one seed, Shane Siefert from the University Wisconsin - Whitewater. Siefert is currently ranked number two in the country at 197-pounds by both d3wrestle.com and the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Siefert handed Russell a 7-5 decision to drop the him to the consolation bracket.
The 197-pounder continued his run at the podium with a narrow 2-0 decision in the consolation semifinals. After earning a spot in the consolation finals bout, Russell suffered his second loss of the tournament, 11-0 to Dustin Wozniak of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.
Wozniak is currently ranked as the number nine wrestler at 197-pounds while Russell is ranked as a contender.
Majoy's journey to a fourth place finish was slightly lengthier than Russell's. The sophomore heavyweight entered the Pete Willson as the eighth seed and received a first round bye. Majoy would suffer his first loss of the tournament in the second round to move him to the consolation bracket.
Majoy rallied to win three matches on Friday earning him a spot in the consolation quarterfinals. Nino scored a third period fall in a time of 6:46 followed by a 2-0 and 8-2 decision to reach the quarterfinals. On Saturday, Majoy opened consolation action with a 5-1 decision.
In the consolation semifinals, Majoy received a medical forfeit from number one seed Anthony Edgren of UW - Whitewater to move into the consolation finals bout. There the sophomore Student Princes met a familiar foe, Cody Lovejoy of Ohio Northern. Once more the senior Polar Bear proved too much for the sophomore as Majoy lost by decision, 6-1.
McDermitt scored an 0:11 fall in the first round of championship wrestling before suffering his first loss. The sophomore 133-pounder fell victim to a 17-2 technical fall by Baldwin Wallace's Andrew Taylor. Taylor was pinned by Colin's teammate, Justin Kihn in the dual match in January.
McDermitt, the fifth seed, dropped to the consolation round of wrestling where he immediately rallied with an 11-5 decision. Colin kept working his way back into placement contention with a third period fall in a time of 6:06, which he followed with a first period fall in 2:38.
The 133-pound Student Prince moved to the consolation semifinals on by opening Saturday's session with another fall in 1:52. In the semis, Colin dropped his second match of the tournament to fourth seed, Jimmy Nehls of UW - Whitewater. Nehls, who is currently ranked fourth by d3wrestle.com, handed McDermitt a 7-4 decision to move him into the fifth/sixth place bout.
There Colin would conclude his outing in Wheaton with a 10-0 decision to claim fifth place.
Dowdley began his Friday with a 13-10 decision over his first round opponent. Rich scored another decision, 4-1, to move to the championship quarterfinals, where he would surrender his first loss of the tournament.
After dropping into the fourth round of consolation wrestling, Dowdley scored his only major decision of the Invitational, 15-5, to advance to the consolation quarterfinals. Again Dowdley would suffer a quarterfinal loss to move him to the seventh/eighth place bout.
The 184-pound Student Prince finished his outing at the 2014 Pete Willson Invitational by being pinned in the third period, 6:52.
The Heidelberg grapplers will return to the mat when they travel to John Carroll University on Tuesday, February, 4. Wrestling from University Heights, Ohio will begin at 7:30 p.m.