ADA, Ohio -- The battle for second place in the Ohio Athletic Conference turned into a romp.
Heidelberg closed the OAC dual slate in sole possession of second place at 5-1, 14-4 overall. ONU slipped to 14-4 overall, 4-2 in the conference.
At 125, Mason Brainard shot first but was taken down by ONU's Seth Transue in the first. Down 3-0 and owing a point for riding time, Brainard scored a late takedown with two backpoints to force overtime. In the first overtime period, Transue earned a takedown and won the match.
Starting on the bottom after a scoreless first period, Ryan Hornack used a reversal to strike first. After an escape, Hornack held a 2-1 lead into the third. Another escape by Brad Taton tied the match early in the third. Neither would score in regulation or the first period of overtime. In the first tiebreaker, Hornack scored another reversal and Taton escaped. With a 4-3 lead, Hornack held on for the victory, clinging to Taton. Hornack's win pushed his record to a perfect 6-0 in OAC duals.
With the dual tied at 3, Hayden Bates struck first for HU at 141. A first-period takedown of Aidan Pierobon gave Bates a 2-0 lead, which he would take into the third. Bates withheld all shots from Pierobon and won 3-0 with a riding time point tacked on. Bates moved to 20-1 on the season and and remained unbeaten in the conference at 4-0.
Heidelberg's Dallas O'Green took down ONU's Jeff Andrews early in the first and rode out the remainder of the period. In the second, O'Green scrambled his way to a reversal. Up 4-0 in the third, O'Green went on the offensive in search of bonus points. Several takedowns and intentional kicks later, the HU freshman had his major -- picking up a 13-4 victory.
Pressed into service at 157, senior Tyler Majoy had a tough draw -- facing Gavin Nelson, who entered unbeaten in five OAC duals. Following a scoreless first, Majoy started on top and scored first with two backpoints. Up 2-1 in the third, Majoy conceded backpoints before scoring a reversal then pinning Nelson. The Heidelberg bench leapt in celebration, now up 16-3.
Noah Messerall moved up to 165 to take a closer look at ONU's Seth Meyer. Messerall was penalized for an illegal hold, to which the HU faithful said, "Really!?!" Undaunted, the Berg junior scored a pair of takedowns and two escapes. Nursing a 6-5 lead in the waning moments, Messerall avoided Meyer's shots and held on for the win.
Darren Decker tallied four two-pointers in the first frame, taking an 8-2 lead on Kyle Deeter into the second. Deeter battled back with a takedown in the second. Neutral to start the third, Decker attacked and dominated the third en route to a 14-4 major decision.
With the outcome of the match in hand for the Student Princes, Tyler Hammack scored a quick six points against Alex Bair. In the third period, much like Majoy, Hammack scored a reversal before sticking Bair for the win.
Gage Finegan and Evan Hickey were knotted at one in the third period at 197. Finegan fought for a takedown late and won 3-2.
In a showdown of OAC unbeatens at 285, Nino Majoy escaped quickly to start the third period -- tying the match at one. After ONU's Nathan Barcaskey was penalized for slapping at Majoy's head, he took down the Heidelberg senior and grabbed four backpoints. Barcaskey won, 7-2.
Head coach Tony Patrizi on the match: "I'm really proud of the way we finished the season ... We had some guys step up and do a great job ... Now it's time to prepare for regionals."
In Alliance, Baldwin Wallace beat Mount Union to win the OAC championship. The Student Princes will rest until they head to York College in Pennsylvania for the NCAA Regional Tournament, Feb. 26. .