TIFFIN -- Competing in just one of two home duals, the Heidelberg University wrestling team shined under the spotlight inside of Seiberling Gymnasium. Bonus points were critical for the Student Princes as they defeated Ohio Northern University, by a final tally of 22-18.
Mason Brainard, Tre Bogetich, Dante Colza, Dylan Roth, and Tyler Hammack knocked off their opponents to lead the Berg to the victory. Roth's 52 second pin and Hammack's tech fall in the third period all but sealed the win heading into the heavyweight bout.
"Anytime you have an OAC dual against Ohio Northern, it's going to be close and intense," said head coach Tony Patrizi. "The support from the fans in the gym really pushed us to win that match, it was a great mustache mania."
Heidelberg moved to 4-1 in dual matches, 1-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Polar Bears dropped to 0-2, 0-2.
At 125, Seth Transue gave Ohio Northern an early 2-0 lead with a takedown of Pacer Quire. Quire tallied a reversal, then Transue did the same. Before the end of the first period, Transue earned two back points. Down 4-2 after one, Quire went on the offensive in the second period. After a takedown and four nearfall points, the Oregonian led 10-8 to start the third. In the third, Transue was able to stave off a Quire shot and notched a takedown to tie the match. With riding time in ONU's favor, Quire frantically tried to escape but was unsuccessful.
In his 2018-19 debut, 'Berg junior Mason Brainard tallied three first-period takedowns and built a 6-2 lead over Cameron Poulton. Up 8-3 in the third, Brainard sent a jolt of electricity throughout Seiberling with a thunderous takedown and propelled him to a 15-5 major decision victory.
With a 4-3 team lead, Tre Bogetich worked a scoreless first before allowing an escape to start the second. Bogetich scored a takedown with less than 30 seconds left in the second. A third period escape gave Bogetich a 3-1 lead with less than a minute remaining. ONU's Brandon Bartlome was unable to score, giving HU the win.
Wrestling on Mustache Mania night, Mr. Mustache Slade Todd took a 6-3 lead on Jeff Andrews after one. An escape and a takedown allowed Andrews to tie the match at six midway through the second. Todd scored two with 1:15 left in the third, taking an 8-6 lead. Andrews escaped with 45 seconds left, then followed up with a late takedown to win the match, 9-8.
At 157, ONU's Schuyler Caprella led Devin Miller 3-2 after the first period. Down 4-2 after allowing a quick escape, Miller was taken down falling out of bounds. Trailing 6-2 in the third, Miller opened the third with a takedown. In the process of trying to turn Caprella, Miller allowed a reversal and trailed by four once again. Despite escaping, Miller still fell, 9-5.
After intermission, HU's Dante Colza and ONU's Jordan Hardrick battled to a scoreless first period. Starting down, Colza took a 1-0 lead with an escape. Tied 1-1 in the third, Colza used an acrobatic move to score a takedown and the first of two near falls in the third. Colza emerged with a 12-1 major decision.
Heidelberg held an 11-9 lead in the match as Jeremiah Slagle and Clayton Davidson battled at 174. Davidson led 6-1 after a takedown and nearfall in the first period, then rode Slagle out for the second. Davidson would pin a gassed Slagle in the third.
At 197, Tyler Hammack was up on Chase Gibson after an early takedown. Gibson was allowed to escape, but fell prey to another takedown by Hammack. Just prior to the end of the second, Hammack scored a four-point near fall. Up 8-1, Hammack put another quick takedown and nearfall on the board and led 14-1. He continued his dominance and picked up a dual-clinching tech fall, 20-2, in 6:07.
With HU ahead an insurmountable seven points, Heidelberg's Christian Climer and Ohio Northern's Austin Keeley battled at 285. Keeley went ahead with a first-period takedown. Climer appeared to take a 3-2 lead, but his go-ahead takedown was nullified after a referee conference. Keeley sealed the match with a late takedown. Climer made a move to win the match, but was overcome by Keeler's late move.
The Student Princes return to action at Saturday's ONU Invitational in Ada.