ROANOKE, Virginia -- After a tough second day, Dylan Roth took home All-American honors with a sixth place finish at the National Championships.
"It was a tough end to a fantastic season," said head coach Tony Patrizi. "An injury in the consolation semis forced us to default the fifth/sixth match."
Roth is Heidelberg's first All-American since Justin Kihn earned the recognition in 2016 at the 141 weight class.
With three losses on the day, Roth finishes with an overall record of 40-3. His 40 wins are the second most in a single season of Berg wrestling history, tied with Richard Dowdley's total from the 2014-15 season.
"Dylan showed tremendous mental focus the entire season," said Patrizi. "At the end of the day, he is the same Dylan he was two days ago … fun, dedicated, and a great teammate."
With All-American status already secured, Roth squared off against John Boyle (Western New England) in the championship semi finals this morning.
Unfortunately, Roth suffered his first loss of the season against Boyle by a final tally of 6-3. After sparring at the neutral position, Boyle scooped up Roth's right leg and took him to the mat for a takedown. After a minute plus of riding time accumulated, Roth escaped to get within one point. Unfortunately, Boyle finished the first period with another takedown to take a 4-1 lead to the second period. Neither side would score in the second period.
Needing two takedowns, Roth came out in the third period aggressive and earned his first with 1:32 remaining. He let Boyle go for an escape point and attempted to catch the opponent for another takedown. Boyle, however, gained the upper hand and held off Roth's attacks and closed out the bout with excellent defense. After a riding time point was assessed, Boyle earned the 6-3 victory to advance to the championship bout. Roth was moved to the consolation round, looking for a route to the third place match. In the consolation semis, he was matched up against Joshua Glantzman (Merchant Marine).
Against Glantzman, Roth once again came out on the wrong end. This time, the decision was 5-1 in favor of the opponent. Glantzman used a first and third period takedown to secure the win over Roth. In the second period, Glantzman was warned for stalling as he held Roth off. Roth finally got on the board with just 27 seconds left in the third period with an escape point, but Glantzman's riding time point sent the score to 5-1 at the end of the bout.
Roth was then forced to move on to the fifth place match against Kyle Peisker (Chicago). Due to an injury sustained against Glantzman in the consolation semis, Roth was forced to medical forfeit the bout, thus placing him sixth overall.
Roth beat Victor DeFrance (Messiah) in the first round, 12-6. Roth began with a takedown, but DeFrance scored a reversal 10 seconds later. After escaping, the Heidelberg junior registered another takedown, but again, DeFrance countered quickly. After a reversal, DeFrance earned two nearfall points, taking a 6-5 lead. Roth avoided the pin and escaped. Just before the end of the period, Roth took the lead with a takedown. After a scoreless second period, Roth escaped in the third, picked up another takedown and earned a point for riding time.
In the second round, Roth used a first-period takedown to go up on Solomon Nielsen (Augsburg). Starting neutral in the second, Roth grabbed two more points with another takedown. Ahead 4-0, Roth escaped in the third, then added another takedown. With Nielsen in desperation mode, he escaped, registered a takedown, then quickly cut to try to score more points. Nielsen's effort was for naught, as Roth emerged with a 9-3 victory.
With the win, Roth advances to Saturday's sessions and has ensured himself an All-American finish.
Hammack lost his opening bout to Jonathan Wagner (Coast Guard), 12-4. Wagner tallied three first period takedowns to grab control of the match. His best opportunity to rally came in a quick scrap early in the third period. Starting on top, Hammack gave up a reversal before scoring his own reversal five seconds later.
Later, Hammack advanced by defeating Gage Gladysz (Thiel), 5-1. A first period takedown put Hammack up by two. Starting on top in the second, Hammack allowed Gladysz to escape 31 seconds into the period. Up 2-1, Hammack ended the second another takedown. Hammack chose to start the third on the bottom, escaping with five seconds left.
In the evening session, Hammack faced Travis Ogden (Lycoming). Ogden used a first period takedown and a second period reversal to take a 4-0 lead. Hammack was unable to turn his opponent as Ogden stalled his way through the third period. Hammack lost, 4-2, and ended his season at 28-7.
"I want to thank Tyler Hammack for his fantastic career," said Head Coach Tony Patrizi. "He is one of the most selfless wrestlers I have ever coached. I couldn't be more proud of him."
Hammack won 79 matches in his career, tying Richard Dowdley for 25th all-time in Heidelberg history. His 28 wins this season is in the top 30 and he is Heidelberg's 20th two-time national qualifier.