WRS: Student Princes defeated by No. 7 Mount Union

File photo by Doug Sampson
File photo by Doug Sampson

ALLIANCE -- The Heidelberg University wrestling team was upended on Tuesday evening in OAC competition away to the University of Mount Union by a final score of 39-6.

Mount Union lived up to the national ranking of No. 7 by holding the upper hand on the mats for what seemed to be all evening.

With the loss Heidelberg drops to 8-5 overall in dual matches and 1-1 in conference competition, while Mount improves to 14-3 overall and 3-0 in the OAC.

"We wrestled a quality team tonight," said head coach Tony Patrizi on the match. "I'm glad to be in a conference with good competition, but we need to continue to get better ... our focus is to be able to compete at the end, and we have to use this as a learning experience to move forward."

The bright spot on the evening came in the latter bouts as Dylan Roth and Tyler Hammack picked up back-to-back victories by decision to avoid the team shutout. Roth remained perfect on the season at 25-0, while Hammack improved is record to 15-2 this year.

At 125, Pacer Quire was knocked off via the pin towards the tail end of the first period. Seth Hayes of Mount Union completed the fall victory in 2:27.

At 133, Jordin James defeated Mason Brainard in a sudden victory decision. Tied 8-8 at the end of the third period, James was credited with a takedown in the first period of overtime to emerge with the decision.

At 141, Tre Bogetich put in a good performance in his bout, but was edged in a narrow 4-3 decision by David Massey of Mount.  

At 149, Slade Todd was tech falled by Luke Hernandez, 20-6.

In the 157, 165, and 174 weight classes, Mount Union picked up wins via the pin.

Heidelberg avoided the shutout as the No. 7 wrestler in the nation at the 184 weight class according to D3wrestle.com, Dylan Roth, picked up a decision over Robert Valenti, 9-5. Roth had Valenti on edge for much of the bout holding the upper hand coast-to-coast.

The Student Princes picked up their second win on the evening in the very next weight class. D3wrestle.com's No. 10 ranked wrestler in the nation at 197, Tyler Hammack was successful with the 5-2 decision over Landon Talbert.

Mount Union closed out the day with a major decision as Nick Corvo defeated Blake Jerome in the 285 class.

The Student Princes continue OAC competition on Saturday at the Conference Quad Meet in which they will compete against Otterbein, Muskingum and nationally ranked hosts, Baldwin Wallace. The Yellow Jackets check in at No. 5 in the most recent polls. The first dual is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. in Berea.