ALMA, Michigan -- With the first-stringers resting up for conference action, the Heidelberg University wrestling team showed off its depth at the Alma Open on Saturday. Derek Thomas and Kendall Newell earned spots on the podium
125: Derek Thomas earned fifth place by going 3-2 on the day. Thomas picked up a pin in the process, sticking Tyler Bridge of Henry Ford College in 2:50.
133: Brandon Conrad was 3-2 on the day, but did not place. His day was highlighted by a fall over Michael McDonald of Muskegon Community College (5:38). Josh Beacorn won his opening match, but dropped his next two bouts to finish 1-2.
149: Kendall Newell earned fifth place at 149, finishing with a 3-2 record. A tech fall and an overtime win put him in the semifinals, were he fell to a Division I wrestler. Another loss to a DI foe forced him into the fifth-place match, where he won by tech fall, a 19-2 victory over Triton College's Pedro Martinez.
165: Joeseph Fisher was 1-2, picking up a forfeit win. Chris White also finished 1-2 on the afternoon.
184: Hayden Miller picked up two wins, including a tech fall, finishing 2-2 in Alma.
UP NEXT: On Tuesday, Heidelberg travels to John Carroll University for a conference dual. The match is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.
Photos courtesy of Kimberly Thomas