#22 Student Princes Eliminated In Iowa

#22 Student Princes Eliminated In Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Heidelberg University wrestling struggled on Friday night and suffered elimination from the 2014 NCAA Championships. 

Senior 197-pounder Jason Russell along with sophomores, 133-pounder, Colin McDermitt and 285-pounder Nino Majoy have been eliminated after Friday's competition.

Majoy advanced to the championship quarterfinals with a tiebreaker victory over seventh ranked Anthony Edgren in the first round. During the evening session, Majoy squared up with second seed Ryan Fank of Wartburg College, in hopes of moving on to Saturday and earning All-American honors.

Fank and Majoy wrestled a scoreless first period on their feet. Majoy surrendered over 1:00 of riding time in the second period as Fank rode out the sophomore the entire period.

Fank earned an escape to open up the third period and move ahead 1-0 with over 1:00 of riding time. Majoy continued to fire offensive attacks in hopes of scoring a match tying takedown but could not break Fank's defense.

With the 2-0 loss, Majoy dropped to the consolation bracket to battle Mackenzie Green of Trine University. A win would send Majoy through to Saturday and an eventual rematch with Cody Lovejoy, while a loss sends the sophomore packing.

Nino wrestled another scoreless first period with Green, and was hit with a stalling warning before the conclusion of the period. Majoy earned an escape to move ahead 1-0 before Green was dealt a stalling warning. Green elected to go down in the third, which led to Majoy's demise.

Green scored a five point flurry with a reversal and three point near fall. Trailing 5-1, Nino earned an escape with less then a minute remaining in the match. Green held off the Student Prince to close out the match, 5-2, and end Majoy's All-American aspirations.

Prior to Majoy's quarterfinal contest, Russell earned his first victory of the tournament. Following a preliminary round defeat, 6-4 in sudden victory two, Russell fell to the consolation bracket where he squared up with Ryan Michaelis of St. John's (Minn).

Russell defeated Michaelis to the tune of 3-1 earlier in the year, and in Cedar Rapids, the senior Student Prince found success again. Russell handed the Johnnie a 10-2 major decision to move on to a matchup with Danny Balderas of Elmhurst.

The two 197-pounders battled for 7:00, but Russell could not find his second win of the day. Balderas handed Russell a 6-3 decision to force an early exit.

133-pounder and first team All-OAC selection, sophomore Colin McDermitt suffered a first round loss to second seed Ryan O'Boyle of McDaniel, 8-3. Colin was dealt his second defeat of the tournament by Bandon Preston of Trine University in a 2-1 decision.