TIFFIN -- Tyler Hammack provided the spark the Heidelberg University wrestling team needed in a 21-14 win over Ohio Northern on Tuesday evening. Clinging to a two point lead with three matches to go, Hammack pinned his opponent for a critical six-point swing for the Berg.
With the win, Heidelberg claimed sole possession of third place in the Ohio Athletic Conference. HU concludes OAC action with a 4-2 recond in the conference, 8-8 overall.
"I'm really proud of all my guys for the way they fought tonight," said head coach Tony Patrizi. "This was a good team win and I'm looking forward to regionals."
With the score being tied at 5 after the first period, Mason Brainard scored two takedowns in the second to take the lead at 125. Despite surrendering three escape points, the sophomore had another takedown in the third to add to his lead. Brainard took the opener over Seth Transue, 11-8.
After surrendering an escape point in the second, Tre Bogetich had a significant takedown in the third. The takedown coupled with a point for riding time was all the Westerville native would need to edge out Brad Taton in the 133 bout, 3-1. With the win, Bogetich concludes his impressive freshman campaign with a 4-1 mark in the conference.
In the 141 bout, Slade Todd opened the first period with a quick takedown of Aidan Pierobon. Todd extended his lead in the second with a takedown and an escape. Pierbon picked up an escape and a takedown in the third, but there would be no further damage as Todd went on to take the match, 6-3.
Sophomore Hayden Bates jumped out to an early 4-2 lead at 149. Ohio Northern's Schuyler Caprella tirelessly worked Bates in the third, but could not complete the comeback. Bates took the match for the Student Princes, edging out a 6-4 win.
Noah Messerall fought his way to earn the tying escape point with 44 seconds remaining in the match. The senior fell by a narrow 2-1 margin as ONU's Gavin Nelson held the advantage in riding time.
At 165, Chris White suffered a 13-5 loss to Ohio Northern's Seth Meyer. Meyer delivered the big blow with four nearfall points late in the second.
ONU's Clayton Davidson scored three early takedowns over Jeremiah Slagle. The early takedowns proved to be enough as Slagle fell, 7-1 in the 174 match.
Desperately needing a momentum shift, Tyler Hammack provided just that. Facing Cash Thompson -- who has 30 wins this season -- Hammack pinned Thompson in 3:27 to push the Heidelberg lead to 18-10. The win was the junior's tenth pin of the season.
197-pounder Chase Morrison gritted out a 6-3 win over Evan Hickey. With 25 seconds remaining in the match, Morrison scored a crucial takedown to secure the win and seal the team victory for the Student Princes.
Christian Climer fell in the final bout of the night at 285 to Nate Barcaskey. Barcaskey controlled the match and won by major decision, 10-1.
Heidelberg is idle until the NCAA Regionals held by Wabash College Feb. 23-24.