WHEATON, Ill. --- Led by 184-runner up Dillen Decker, the Heidelberg University wrestling team finished 11th out of 34 teams at the Pete Willson - Wheaton Invitational. Also finishing on the podium for Heidelberg were Dallas O'Green -- third at 149, and Nino Majoy -- seventh at 285.
At 184, sophomore Dillen Decker won his opener, besting Trent Hullett (Alma), 10-3. Next, he pinned Trevor Kleckner (MacMurray) in 2:10. In the quarterfinals, he majored No. 7 seed Derek Beitz (Messiah), 11-3.
On Saturday, he beat No. 6 seed Keajion Jennings (Millikin) in the semifinals, 9-7. In the finals, he was defeated by No. 5 seed Christos Giatras (Augustana), 6-3.
"Dillen had a strong showing but came up a little short in the finals," said head coach Tony Patrizi. "We have a few things to work on with him, but I am excited about where he is right now."
O'Green has had his work cut out for him following a 3-1 opening round loss to conference foe Evan Morgan (ONU). O'Green majored Shave Vaughan (Buena Vista), 13-5, then defeated Marcus McCauley (Lakeland) by a 19-1 technical fall in 3:57. Bonus points continued for O'Green as he pinned JaVon Phillips (Manchester) in 1:35.
O'Green outlasted Kahlan Lee-Lermer (Chicago) on Saturday, 8-7. He then beat Richie Burke (BW), 7-4, earning a spot in the third-place match. There, he defeated Grant Sutton (La Crosse) by a slim 3-1 margin to take third-place.
"Dallas lost a tough one in the first round, but he wrestled great the rest of the way," said Patrizi. "Coming back from an early loss to take third place is unbelievable."
Majoy picked up an opening round win -- a 3-0 victory over Anthony Beck (Whitewater). He then fell from the ranks of the unbeatens -- getting pinned in the second round by Zac Rieger (Adrian). In the wrestle-backs, Majoy beat Patrick Mulkerin (Chicago), 8-1, before pinning Trevor Watson (MacMurray) in 1:24. Majoy moved forward when Emonte Logan (North Central) medically forfeited.
On Saturday, Majoy lost a tight 3-2 decision to No. 8 seed Justin Kaurkula (Eau Claire) and dropped to the seventh-place match. There, he scrapped his way to a 7-2 win over Frank Tomaskovic (Millikin). It is Majoy's third time on the podium at Wheaton -- he finished fourth in 2014 and 2015.
"This was Nino's first tournament back," said Patrizi. "We are trying to work some things out, but he is getting better every match."
The Student Princes host the University of Mount Union on Tuesday night. The Senior Night match is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start.
At 174, No. 7 Darren Decker (2-2) grabbed two wins over OAC foes before dropping to the consolations. He beat Justin Ransom (BW), 8-6 and pinned Matthew Ferraro (JCU) in 2:59. After falling to No. 2 seed Richard Carlson (La Crosse) 6-0, Darren was pinned by Blake Rosenbaum (Ferrum).
Following a bye, No. 3 seed Hayden Bates won his opener at 141 -- an 11-3 major decision over Josh Curdo (Concordia). Bates medically forfeited his next two matches.
Ryan Hornack (1-2) fell 7-5 in the first round to Dante Ginnetti (BW). In the consolations, he picked up a win over Alec Hoover (CWRU), 11-5. Hornack bowed out with a loss to Noah Lopez (Alma).
At 157, Noah Messerall (2-2) pinned his first opponent, Alex Arney (Manchester), in 4:15. After an 11-4 loss to No. 5 Keone Derain (Elmhurst), Messerall won again in the wrestlebacks. He beat Connor Hansen (Eau Claire), 12-5. Jaden Bolvin (Stevens Point) eliminated the Heidelberg junior with a pin.
Steven Murray (1-2) was pinned in his first match by isaac Broskinski (Platteville). He rebounded with a tech fall win, 17-1, over Dan Jerrems (Elizabethtown) in 2:17. He was bounced by a Trace Timmons (Augustana) pin.
At 197, Gage Finegan fell to Drew Kasper (Otterbein), 3-2. He responded with a first period pin of Ian Morford (Pacific), 1:54. Mark Miller (Elmhurst) knocked Finegan out of the tournament with a 4-0 win.
Mason Brainard (125) was 0-2.