TIFFIN – The Heidelberg University wrestling team opened its dual season with a non-conference match against Davenport University (Mich.). The Student Princes upended the Panthers, 38-10, to claim their first dual victory of the season.
The win is the first for Heidelberg head coach Tony Patrizi, who took over the program at his alma mater in September.
Tyler Price opened the match with a pin at 125 for Heidelberg. Moving quickly, Price pinned Elijah Flores in 1:50.
The match at 133 was riddled with blood timeouts and an injury timeout. In the end, Davenport's Zack Yates won by major decision over Student Prince Joseph Brodman, 12-4.
Davenport's Connor Hughes gave the Panthers their first lead with a pin of Justin Kihn at 141. The fall, coming at 1:19, gave DU a 10-6 advantage.
HU's Damon Cheek battled to an 8-2 victory over Blake Russo at 149. Cheek's win brought Heidelberg to within one point of the Panthers.
At 157, Tyler Fahrer put Heidelberg back on top with a six-point injury default victory. Early in the match, Fahrer and DU's Adam Fahs knocked heads and Fahs was unable to continue.
After the intermission, HU's Alex Kenner routed Roman Palumbo, 15-0 for a technical fall. The win, which came in 3:03, put the Student Princes up 20-10.
Heidelberg's success continued at 174. Brennan Kelly won by major decision, 12-4, over DU's Spencer Reterstoff. The four points pushed HU up on the scoreboard, 24-10.
With a technical fall victory at 184, reigning OAC wrestler of the week Richard Dowdley secured a match win for Heidelberg. Dowdley won 19-3 in 5:25 over Joel Wenk.
After a forfeit win for HU's Matt Shurina at 197, Heidelberg led 35-10.
The 285 match wrapped up the evening with Nino Majoy winning by a 3-1 decision over Glenn Guerink, giving the Student Princes a 38-10 victory over Davenport.
Head coach Tony Patrizi on his first win: "It's super exciting ... I wasn't nervous, but I had a nervous excitement going into this dual ... We've worked very hard over the last six weeks and it was great to do so well in our first opportunity in front of our home crowd ... The boys wrestled forward and aggressive ... it was exciting wrestling all night."
Patrizi on getting bonus points in four matches: "The style of wrestling that I want Heidelberg to be known for is an aggressive, attacking style, where we score points to win ... Even in the matches we lost, our guys were still wrestling forward and attacking."
Heidelberg wrestling will head south for a non-conference dual match with Mount. St. Joseph in Cincinnati on Tuesday. The Student Princes demolished the Lions last season, 40-3.