LOUISVILLE, Kentucky -- On the mats for the first time in the new year, the Heidelberg University wrestling team was 1-2 at the NWCA National Duals. Dylan Roth and Tyler Hammack were both a perfect 3-0 on the day as the Student Princes moved to 8-4 in dual matches this season.
Facing both for a second time this season, Heidelberg lost to Millikin and Olivet to fall out of the tournament. In its third match, HU upended Greensboro.
"We took some lumps this weekend and found some places where we need to improve ... We've got some tough competition over the next several weeks and we need to get better," said Head Coach Tony Patrizi. "With that said, I'm proud of how we responded with a big win against Greensboro to finish the day."
#21 Millikin 31 Heidelberg 15
Pacer Quire started the day with a bang -- pinning Elijah Diaz in 2:26. Millikin, though, responded by taking the next six weight classes. At 184, Roth beat Griffin Meeker, 9-3. Hammack followed with a second-period pin of Arnold Fox at 197. Millikin finished with a pin at 285.
Olivet 26 Heidelberg 16
The Comets and Student Princes reprised their battle at the Kalahari Duals from before the holidays, with Olivet emerging with another victory. Down 3-0, Heidelberg took the next two weights. Mason Brainard avenged an overtime loss to Reese Wallis in Sandusky by notching his own overtime victory on Friday, winning 6-4. Tre Bogetich beat Andrew Casteneda, 1-0, at 141.
Olivet won the next four bouts before Roth majored Clayton Higelmire for a second time this season, winning 10-2. Next, Hammack pinned Austin Engle in the third period. The Comets closed with a win at 285.
Heidelberg 37 Greensboro 10
Perhaps a bit frustrated by the days' events, Heidelberg raced out to an 18-0 lead. Quire beat Joey Ferigne, 4-0, before Brainard won by forfeit. Bogetich improved to 2-1 on the day with an 8-5 win over Paul Bauberger.
At 149, Slade Todd picked up a pin over Hai Siu before Greensboro's points came at 157 and 165. Jeremiah Slagle righted the ship with an 18-0 tech fall over Tyron Dudley. The tech was Slagle's 10th of the season.
Roth, now 21-0 on the season, finished his day with a 67-second pin of Danny Pearce. Hammack's day of bonus points continued with a 16-0 drubbing of Luis Oropesa. Blake Jerome capped the day by beating Vince Wilson 2-0.
Heidelberg returns to action at the Spartan Mat Classic hosted by Manchester University on Jan. 12.