NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Heidelberg University wrestling team went 2-1 at the Gator 'Boots' Duals on Saturday. HU lost to Elmhurst before knocking off UW-Oshkosh and Huntingdon.
As a team, Heidelberg improved to 5-3 in duals this season.
"We had a slow start today, but we put things together in our last two duals," said head coach Tony Patrizi. "It was a fun environment to wrestle in we got a lot of matches for everyone."
Christian Climer and Jeremiah Slagle picked up the lone wins for HU in their opening dual of the day, along with a Mason Brainard forfeit win. The Berg fell to Elmhurst, 29-14. Slagle and Climer both had major decision victories in the match. At 174, Slagle defeated Shawn Swiderek, 18-9 as Climer cruised his way to a 16-0 win at 285.
Clutch late wins by Climer and Tyler Hammack gave the Student Princes the edge over UW-Oshkosh, 26-19. HU trailed 19-18 before a tech fall win from Hammack gave the Tricolor a 23-19 advantage. A 12-7 decision in favor of Climer helped lead HU to its first dual win of the afternoon. Sophomore Hayden Bates pinned his opponent in 2:16, a crucial win at 149 for the Berg. Slade Todd won at 141 and Brainard picked up another forfeit.
HU won 7 of 10 matches in a 35-11 win over the Hawks of Huntingdon University. Brainard -- who finally had someone to wrestle -- beat up on his opponent and won by tech fall. Bates picked up another pin at 149. Noah Messerall picked up more bonus points with a 20-4 tech fall at 157. Slagle and Patrick Brown also added tech falls at 174 and 184. Hammack capped off his day with a pin. Tre Bogetich needed overtime, but picked up his first win of the day at 133.
"I want to thank our families that traveled down … their support is truly really appreciated," said Patrizi. "Today was a nice way to go in to the holiday break to relax, spend some time with our families and get ready to roll for National Duals in January."
The National Duals will take place in Fort Wayne on January 4-5, 2018.