Wrestling places two at Alma Open

Wrestling places two at Alma Open

ALMA, Michigan -- With the first-stringers resting up for conference action, the Heidelberg University wrestling team showed off its depth at the Alma Open on Saturday. Derek Thomas and Kendall Newell earned spots on the podium

125: Derek Thomas earned fifth place by going 3-2 on the day. Thomas picked up a pin in the process, sticking Tyler Bridge of Henry Ford College in 2:50.

133: Brandon Conrad was 3-2 on the day, but did not place. His day was highlighted by a fall over Michael McDonald of Muskegon Community College (5:38). Josh Beacorn won his opening match, but dropped his next two bouts to finish 1-2.

141: Joey Baitt was 2-2 on the afternoon, but did not place. Hunter Pizzino was 0-2.

149: Kendall Newell earned fifth place at 149, finishing with a 3-2 record. A tech fall and an overtime win put him in the semifinals, were he fell to a Division I wrestler. Another loss to a DI foe forced him into the fifth-place match, where he won by tech fall, a 19-2 victory over Triton College's Pedro Martinez.

Tyler Majoy did not place, but finished 3-2. In his first match, he recorded a 21-6 technical fall over Javier Orozco of Triton College. Ivan Franks was 0-2.

157: Tyler Fahrer won his first match but finished 1-2. Noah Messerall and Brian Brunner were both 0-2.

165: Joeseph Fisher was 1-2, picking up a forfeit win. Chris White also finished 1-2 on the afternoon.

174: Tyler Hammack was 2-2, but narrowly missed out on a shot at the podium. After dropping his first match, Hammack picked up a tech fall and a pin before falling in overtime. Darren Decker was 1-2.

184: Hayden Miller picked up two wins, including a tech fall, finishing 2-2 in Alma.

197: Eppe Saarenheimo-Vanderhorst was 1-2, with his win coming in overtime over Muskegon's Omar Canelas. Matt Shurina was 0-2.

285: Napoleon Bell picked up a pair of wins in the consolation round and finished 2-2. Kyle Jenkin was 0-2 on the afternoon.

UP NEXT: On Tuesday, Heidelberg travels to John Carroll University for a conference dual. The match is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Photos courtesy of Kimberly Thomas