ADA, Ohio -- In their final tune-up before the start of conference play, the Heidelberg University wrestling team was sixth at the Ohio Northern University Invitational on Saturday. The day was highlighted by a runner-up finish by Hayden Bates and a third-place finish by Tyler Hammack.
"Not a bad day wrestling … We had freshmen step up and wrestle well," said head coach Tony Patrizi. "We had some good wins and suffered a few tough losses. I think we're ready for a good week of practice going into John Carroll."
The Student Princes host John Carroll University on Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday Round Up
125: Mason Brainard placed 4th, 3-2 on the day.
Seeded fourth, Brainard lost his first match after a pair of byes. In the consolation brackets, he won three straight (including a 19-7 major decision) before falling in the third place match.
133: No participants.
141: Slade Todd was 5th, 3-2 on the day. Joseph Damm was 1-2.
Todd, the sixth seed, won his first two matches before dropping to the wrestlebacks. There, he lost again before winning the fifth place match.
Unseeded, Damm won by forfeit before falling into the consolation bracket. He lost in his first wrestleback match.
149: Hayden Bates was 2nd, 3-1 for the day.
Back on the mats for the first time in nearly a month, Bates picked up a pin and two major decisions in his first three matches. He lost in the championship bout, a narrow 5-3 defeat to Jaedin Skiapsky of Campbellsville.
Messerall won his first two bouts, including a pin, before dropping a 7-4 match. In the consolations, he won again, then lost. He won the 7th pace match over White.
White, seeded sixth, was 1-1 in the winner's bracket. Bounced down to the consolations, he beat Rayburn in overtime, then grabbed a pin and a 4-2 decision. His luck ran out in the quarters.
165: No participants.
Broskie dropped his first match but rebounded to win his next three, two by a pin. After dropping his match in the quarters, he capped off a strong day with another pin to take fifth.
Slagle, the eighth seed, picked up a major decision victory before losing his next two matches.
184: Patrick Brown finished 6th at 2-1.
As the third seed, Brown stormed through his first two matches -- a tech fall and a major decision. He lost in the semifinals and medically forfeited the rest of the day.
Hammack, the third seed, deftly handled his first two matches -- a pin and a tech fall. After a loss in the semifinals, he bounced back with a pin of Morrison and a major decision in the third-place match.
The fifth-seeded Morrison won his opener before dropping down. A pin and a major set up his showdown with Hammack. He rebounded with an 8-1 win in the fifth place match.
Climer lost his first match as the two-seed. He picked up a pin and a win before bowing out.