ADRIAN, Mich. -- On the mats for the first time this season, the Heidelberg University wrestling team finished third at the Adrian College Invitational on Saturday. The Student Princes were led by runner-up finishes by Tyler Hammack and Patrick Brown. In all, nine Berg wrestlers placed in the top eight.
"It was a great start to the year. We had some good wins and some good losses," said head coach Tony Patrizi, now in his fourth year at the helm. "We have plenty to work on and improve. Overall, a good day."
125: Mason Brainard was fourth.
Brainard (4-2) picked up a season-opening win with a 3-1 win over AJ Belden (Wabash), before falling in the quarters to Charles Smith (Mott), 2-1. Brainard, a sophomore, rebounded with a 7-3 decision over Cory Bable (Thiel) and a pin of OAC foe Dominic Devine (John Carroll), 4:56. He continued his success with a 6-5 win over Kory Cavanaugh (Wabash) in the consolation semifinals. In the third-place match, he lost, 12-7.
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Newcomer Isaac Hager (1-3) dropped a narrow decision in his first match, 2-1 to Iain Whitis (John Carroll). Hager responded with a high-scoring win over Jacob Stevenson (Wabash), 18-11. His day concluded with a pin and an injury default.
149: Hayden Bates finished sixth and Joe Damm was seventh.
Bates, back for his sophomore year, opened the season with a pin - sticking Andrew Benos (John Carroll) in 1:52. After falling to Jarrad Lasko (John Carroll), Bates (3-2) earned a major decision over Michael Nagy (Wash. & Jeff.), 12-4. He beat Seth Winkle (John Carroll), 8-1, then bowed out with an injury default in the consolation semis.
Damm (3-2) picked up his first fall of the day, pinning Evan Francis (John Carroll) in 3:46. After falling in the quarters, Damm's second fall of the day came in the consolation bracket -- a pin of Lance Hansen (John Carroll) in 6:38. Damm medically forfeited before winning by injury default in the seventh-place match.
Tre Bogetich (1-2) dropped his opener before beating Loren Mason (Adrian), 8-3. In the consolations, he fell to Hansen, 4-2.
157: Kendall Newell placed fifth.
Newell (4-2) returned to the mats with a tech fall over Shave Ging (John Carroll), 18-2 in 5:35. After dropping his match in the quarters, he defeated teammate Austin Rayburn -- a 5:00 pin. Newell took a major decision over Shane Ging (John Carroll), 18-5, before losing in the consolation semis. He took fifth with a medical forfeit.
Rayburn (2-2), in his collegiate debut, lost his first match before tallying a pair of pins. He stuck Amantai Alymbekov (Wabash) and Evan Brown (Wash. & Jeff.) in :46 and :41 seconds respectively. His day ended at the hands to Newell.
Noah Messerall (0-2) dropped his first two matches.
165: Chris White finished third.
White (4-1) started his nice little Saturday with a 12-8 win over Luke Rusher (Henry Ford) and a major decision over Christian DeDi (John Carroll), 10-2. In the semifinals, White was pinned. He responded nicely, beating Bryant Moore (Adrian), 3-2. In the third-place match, he defeated Anthony Cicciarelli (Wabash), 3-2.
174: Jeremiah Slagle was seventh.
Slagle's debut began with a major decision over Michael Jacobs (Adrian), 11-3. Slagle fell in the quarters before responding with a win over Kyree Wiggins (Lourdes), 12-5. After a loss pushed him into the match for seventh, Slagle beat Alex Dague (Wabash), 12-7.
Jack Noll (0-2) dropped his two matches.
184: Patrick Brown was the runner up at 184.
Brown (3-1) needed overtime, but beat Jerron Thomas (Mott) in the opener, 6-4. Next, he beat Jimmy Suhayda (John Carroll), 3-1. Brown's success continued in the semis, as he picked up a tech fall, annihilating William Oberschelp (Wash. & Jeff.), 16-0 in 3:20. In the title match, Hunter Bates (Wabash) tripped up Brown -- with a late takedown resulting in a 3-1 final score.
Spencer Geil (0-2) dropped his two matches.
197: Tyler Hammack finished second and Chase Morrison was sixth.
Hammack (3-1) opened his day with bonus points -- an 8-0 major over Martin Shulik (Wash. & Jeff.) and a 16-0 tech fall over Marcus Deren (Lourdes) in 3:37. Hammack advanced to the finals with an 8-2 win over Grant Gough (Wabash). Vying for the title, he fell to Kyle Shaffer (Wabash), 9-2.
Chase Morrison (4-3) lost his first match before settling in. He majored Tylor Grames (Lourdes), 11-3, then won by injury default. Next, he took a 2-1 decision over Colin McFarland (Henry Ford). Next, he pinned Robert Jewell (Henry Ford) in 4:02 before falling in the consolation semifinals. After a loss knocked him into the match for fifth, he took a forfeit loss.
285: Christian Climer was fourth, Blake Jerome was sixth.
Climer (3-2) began with two majors -- a 13-3 win over Christian Redmond (Wabash) and a 14-6 win over James Kimbrough (Thiel). In the semifinals, Climer's unbeaten day ended. In the consolation semis, though, he beat Redmond again, 5-2. In the third place match, Climer took a medical forfeit.
Jerome (3-2) fell in his opener, then beat Devlen Kuschel (Henry Ford), 5-1. Jerome advanced with a medical forfeit. He then lost a 3-0 decision to Max Bishop (Wabash). In the seventh-place match, he bested Grayden Hamilton (Lourdes), 3-1.