TIFFIN -- Midway through the Heidelberg University wrestling team's home opener, things weren't going according to plan.
Trailing 16-9 with three matches to go, Patrick Brown and Christian Climer picked up clutch wins along with a pin by Tyler Hammack. Anchored by the final three weight classes, the Berg had a thunderous come-from-behind win against John Carroll University, 22-16.
Back under the lights in the newly renovated Seiberling Gymnasium, a large turnout helped push the Student Princes to their first OAC win.Heidelberg improves to 3-2, 1-0 in the conference on the young season.
With a forfeit victory at 125, Mason Brainard gave HU a quick 6-0 lead.
Trailing 2-0 early, Tre Bogetich muscled his way into an escape point and earned a second point to even the score at the end of the first period. The freshman picked up three more points in the second period, before allowing an escape point. With a point for riding time, Bogetich took the 133 match, 6-3.
JCU's Jarrod Brezovec defeated Slade Todd in the 141 bout.
At 149, Jarrad Lasko narrowly defeated Hayden Bates, 4-2. Despite a last second takedown in the second, Bates could not carry the momentum into the third.
A late comeback fell short for senior Noah Messerall, who slipped fell by a narrow margin to Austin Victor, 4-3.
In the 165 match, Logan Broskie surrendered three second period points to John Carroll's Vittorio Santillo. Broskie chipped away at the lead with an escape point, but ultimately fell, 4-1.
Jeremiah Slagle got on the board first in the 174 match with a takedown. John Carroll's Thomas McNulty fought his way back into the match, holding a 3-2 lead after two periods thanks to a takedown at the end of the second. McNulty held off Slagle for a 7-2 win.
Brown, a senior, halted the John Carroll momentum and revived the boisterous Seiberling crowd. At 184, Brown jumped out to a 4-1 lead geared by two first period takedowns. JCU's Blake Dixon came storming back in the third, cutting the deficit to 8-5. Brown flipped Dixon, picking up four back points, gritting out the major decision win, 16-7.
Riding the momentum from his teammate's win, Hammack sent the crowd into a frenzy. The junior pinned his opponent in the 197 bout in 1:32. The win vaulted Heidelberg to a 19-16 lead with one match to go.
Early in the second, heavyweight Climer took down Jimmy Suhayda for a 2-0 lead. Suhayda picked up an escape point for a 2-1 score heading into the decisive third period. Climer controlled the third with a takedown and an escape to send the Student Princes home victorious in their OAC opener.
"It was looking a little bleak there for awhile," said head coach Tony Patrizi. "I want to thank the fans … It was an awesome turnout and I couldn't have asked for better fans."
Patrizi on moving forward: "It was an exciting come-from-behind win, but we cannot get complacent … We have to continue to get better every match and we'll get right back to work on Monday."
The Student Princes will travel to Nashville for the Gator Duals, held on Dec. 16.