CRAWFORDSVILLE, Indiana -- Tyler Hammack is headed to The Land.
Hammack finished third in the Midwest Regional, hosted by Wabash College, sending him to Cleveland for the NCAA Division III National Championships. The Michigan native won all three matches on Saturday to punch his ticket.
"I am so proud of my guys … .After a crazy first round, we came back and rattled off a ton of matches," said Heidelberg head coach Tony Patrizi. "I couldn't be more proud of all of my wrestlers ... Frem the guys we had here to the guys back home, I couldn't have a better group of men."
As a team, the Student Princes finished fifth.
125: Mason Brainard's weekend started off with a 6-3 loss to Seth Transue (ONU). In the consolations, Brainard regrouped and pinned Anand Shah (CWRU) in 1:50. In his next round, he majored Jared Brickley (Olivet), 13-2. On Saturday, he pinned Jimmy Murphy (Thomas More) in the second period to advance. Tristan Buxton (Wabash) ended Brainard's quest for nationals with a 6-3 win. In the fifth-place match, bested conference foe Jordan Burkholder (MUSK), 11-4.
133: Tre Bogetich began with a 9-3 loss to Owen Doster (Wabash). Like Brainard, Bogetich tallied a pin in the wrestlebacks, sticking Davynn Schneider (Trine) in 3:29. Dante Ginnetti (BW) ended Bogetich's season with a takedown in overtime, winning 5-3.
141: After an opening round bye, Slade Todd was defeated by Brendan Ladd (Albion), 18-1. Consolation pins continued with Heidelberg as Todd stuck Caleb Maddox (Trine) in 6:28. His run ended at the hands of Jared Brezovec (JCU).
149: Hayden Bates dropped his opener after a bye, 3-1, to Noah Nieman (Adrian). Bates followed suit with a first-period of Schuyler Caprella (ONU) before pinning Cole Hersch (Olivet). He started Saturday with a pin of Jake Vaughan (Otterbein), his third straight of the tournament. Bates then beat Luke Hernandez (MTU), 5-0 to advance to the third place match. There, he fell to Stanley Bleich (BW), 5-0.
157: Noah Messerall opened with a bye before a 10-4 loss to Hunter Neely (W&J). Unsurprisingly, Messerall pinned Michael Kashuba (Manchester) in 1:13. Messerall's run continued with a major decision over Jimmy Traub (Thomas More), 13-5. Dylan Steward (Adrian) ended Messerall's wrestling career on Saturday with an 8-4 win.
165: Logan Broskie took a 6-1 loss to Tanner Walker (Muskingum) in the opening round. In the wrestlebacks, he majored Connor Gordon (CWRU), 9-1. Blake Dixon (JCU) picked up a 12-6 win to end Broskie's run.
174: Jeremiah Slagle opened with a 12-4 loss to Jacob Taylor (Trine). In the consolations, Slagle advanced with a 10-4 win over Bryce Hessler (Otterbein). Slagle continued with an 8-4 win over Caleb Baxter (Wabash). He lost Clayton Davidson (ONU) on day two, 8-0, ending his season.
184: Tyler Hammack started with a bye before picking up a pin over Ethan Garcia (Adrian), in 1:41. Facing Hunter Bates (Wabash) in the next round, Hammack lost 4-3. Hammack then dominated Ryan Clark (Olivet) to the tune of a 15-0 tech fall. On Saturday, he pinned Cash Thompson (ONU) to advance. Hammack made quick work of Isaiah Watson-Kirks (MTU), pinning the Purple Raider in 30 seconds to advance to the third-place match. There, he used a third-period takedown to defeat Avery Jones (Thomas More), 8-5 -- sending the Heidelberg junior to Cleveland for the National Tournament.
197: Chase Morrison lost his opening round match, a narrow 4-3 decision to Anthony Neal (Trine). Like many of his comrades, Morrison responded with a pin -- getting Nick Corvo (MTU) in 1:53. He advanced with a 10-6 win over Jake Burns (Adrian). He lost to Taylor McPhail (Alma) on Saturday.
285: Christian Climer opened with a pin in his first match, sticking Austin Popp (Adrian) in 2:17. In his next match, Climer was knocked into the consolations by Gabriel Mahaney (BW). Nickolas Joyner (Manchester) ended his season with a pin.