ADA – In their first OAC dual match of the season, the Heidelberg University wrestling team emerged victorious over Ohio Northern 24-12. The Student Princes won seven of the 10 bouts, including two by bonus points as they opened up conference action with a victory.
Tyler Price opened things up for the Student Princes at 125 against Brad Taton of ONU. There was no score until the second period when Price picked up a quick escape after starting on the bottom. That would be all the scoring for the period, however, as Price entered the 3rd with a 1-0 lead. Starting on top in the 3rd, Price was able to do enough to get the win, earning enough riding time for a point before allowing a late escape to win a 2-1 decision.
At 133, Ryan Hornack picked up a quick takedown in the first period for the early lead. After allowing an escape, Hornack had another takedown and then scored four back points to extend his lead. He gave up one more escape, but registered one more takedown and more back points to take a 14-2 lead to the second period. A quick escape and a takedown in the second period earned Hornack the 18-2 technical fall.
Justin Kihn wrestled at 141 for the Berg, opening with a takedown about two-thirds of the way through the first period. An escape by the Polar Bears made it a 2-1 lead for Kihn headed to the second period. He gave up an escape after starting on top in the second, but he quickly countered that with another takedown to take a 4-2 lead to the 3rd period. Kihn scored an escape to start the final period and was able to keep the rest scoreless, adding a point from riding time to win a 6-2 decision.
In the 149-pound bout, Damon Cheek gave up a takedown midway through the first period before getting an escape to get on the board. Another escape to open the second period by Cheek made it a tie at two. He scored a late takedown before giving up an escape, but held a slim 4-3 lead entering the final period. Cheek gave up an escape quickly into the third after starting on top as the score evened at four. The remainder of the third period saw no scoring as they entered overtime. After a scoreless first overtime period, Cheek rode out the second period, setting himself up in good position for the 3rd overtime. Cheek earned an escape and held on for the 5-4 victory.
Mark Carosella wrestled at 157 for the Berg and worked his way to a scoreless first period. He started the second period on the bottom and was unable to work his way up as they remained scoreless with ONU holding a two-minute riding time advantage starting the third period. Carosella allowed an escape under a minute into the final period and was unable to score, as he gave up a point for stalling and riding time as he fell by a 3-0 decision.
Aaron Banko earned an early takedown in the 165-pound bout for a quick lead for the Student Princes. He was able to ride out the remainder of the period to take a 2-0 edge to the second period. Banko scored a reversal to start that period and once again rode out the remaining time for a 4-0 lead with a commanding amount of riding time to start the third period. With a neutral start to the final period, Banko gave up a late takedown, but he did not allow any further damage as he earned a point for riding time for the 5-2 decision.
Just seconds into the 174-pound bout, Myles Wright came up injured and was unable to go on, giving up an injury default to the Polar Bears.
With the team score suddenly closer at 17-9, Dillen Decker took to the mat at 184 for the Berg, and he picked up an early takedown before allowing the subsequent escape. Decker earned one more takedown before giving up an escape for a 4-2 lead after the first period. He started on bottom to start the second period and earned an escape after a little bit of work to extend his lead. Decker earned one more takedown in the second, giving up a late escape to take his 7-3 lead to the final period. After allowing a quick escape in the third period, Decker quickly responded with yet another takedown, all but sealing the win. He went on to get a little more scoring to win by a 14-6 major decision.
Rickey Bruce had a quick start at 197 with a takedown in the opening seconds. He gave up an escape, but wrestled out the rest of the period with a 2-1 lead. Starting the second period on the bottom, Bruce was able to stand up after some work to extend his lead. Once again the two did not register any more scoring as Bruce entered the final period with a 3-1 edge. He allowed an escape quickly to make it 3-2 and then allowed a takedown, but an escape of his own tied the score back up at four. Another flurry ended up with ONU scoring one more takedown, as Bruce gave up a point to stalling as well and fell by an 8-4 decision.
In the final bout of the night, John Eckroth wrestled at 285 for the Student Princes and worked his way to a scoreless first period. He started the second period on top and gave up an early escape to trail 1-0. Once again, the two wrestled to a scoreless remainder of the second to keep that score headed to the third. Eckroth stood up quickly to start the third to tie the score at one with an escape. That tie held until the end as they entered overtime. After six overtime periods, Eckroth emerged victorious by a 5-3 decision to close out the match.
Heidelberg will be back on the mats this weekend when they travel to Michigan on Saturday for the Alma Open, which is scheduled to get underway at 9:00 a.m.