Wrestlers clip the Cards on the road

(Photo courtesy of Otterbein Athletics)
(Photo courtesy of Otterbein Athletics)

WESTERVILLE -- Starting a string of three straight road matches in OAC action, the Heidelberg University wrestling team took down the Otterbein Cardinals, 23-12. The Student Princes won six bouts, highlighted by a Slade Todd pin at 141.   Heidelberg improved to 2-0 in OAC Duals.  

"I'm really proud of all my guys tonight ... it wa sa good team win," said Heidelberg head coach Tony Patrizi. "We came together to pick each other up when we needed it the most."

After Mason Brainard lost at 125, Tre Bogetich put Heidelberg on the board with a 4-0 win over Santino DiSabato. Bogetich deftly spurned away each shot by DiSabato, picking up his second OAC victory of the year.

At 141, Slade Todd needed all of about five seconds to take control of his match with Adi Tamarapoo, scoring a powerful takedown. While on top, Todd circled his opponent a few times before finding the leverage needed to turn and pin the Cardinal. His pin gave Heidelberg a 9-3 advantage.

Hunter Pizzino fell at 149 before senior Noah Messerall picked up a bonus point at 157. Messerall grappled his way to a 17-6 major decision over Denver Aydelott, giving HU a 13-6 lead. Messerall notched three takedowns in the first period to take control.

At 165, Logan Broskie lost a 7-3 match, which cut the HU lead down to 13-9. Jeremiah Slagle was able to thwart the Cardinal momentum with a methodical 4-0 win over Bryce Hessler at 174. Slagle started on top in the second period and Hessler was unable to escape. In the third, Slagle escaped quickly, picked up a takedown and added a point for riding time. His win put HU up 16-9.

Tyler Hammack hammered Donny Didion, 14-2, picking up a major decision. Didion scored early, but was unable to flip Hammack. Midway through the first, Hammack notched a reversal and later added back points. Hammack chose to start the second down and quickly picked up another reversal and powered his way to the victory.

Otterbein won at 197, with Drew Kasper defeating Chase Morrison, 8-2. Despite the loss, Heidelberg held an insurmountable 20-12 lead heading into the 285 match.

With no pressure, Christian Climer still beat his opponent, Nate Temple, 9-3. In control, Climer added a late takedown for good measure.

Heidelberg returns to action in one week, as they travel to Muskingum for another OAC Dual. The match is slated for 7:30 p.m.