ADA, Ohio -- The Heidelberg University wrestling team took a third-place finish at Saturday's Mid-States Invitational, hosted by Ohio Northern University.
125: Following a bye, Thomas Schnitker was 1-2 and finished seventh. His win was a 6-2 victory over Alex Basinger (Adrian).
133: No Heidelberg participants.
141: Joey Baitt took third and Hunter Pizzino was seventh. Baitt lost his opener, then rattled off five straight wins – including two against his teammates. He beat Hunter Palmer (ONU), 9-3, then knocked off comrade Tim Mecklenburg, 15-3. Up next, Baitt defeated Pizzino, 6-1. Baitt closed his tournament with a 9-3 win over Joe Dombowski (Adrian) and an 18-9 major over Jacob Stevenson (Wabash).
Pizzino picked up a forfeit before falling to Aaron Ward (Adrian), 8-2. He then defeated teammate Grant Aaberg, 6-1 before beating Dean Roberts (Olivet), 9-5.
Mecklenberg was 1-2 – with a 15-2 major over Travis DeRossett (Alma). Aaberg was 0-2.
149: Kendell Newell finished as the runner-up, Heidelberg's best result of the afternoon. Newell pinned his first two opponents, James Renaud (Adrian) in 6:14 and Derek Scott (Wabash) in 0:57. A 5-1 decision over Josh Juarez (Manchester) put Newell in the title match, where he fell to SaVonne Bennette (Wabash), 6-5.
Ivan Franks was 1-2, but did not place. His win came over Anthony Lesko (Alma), 2-0.
157: Brian Brunner was fourth and Noah Messerall was fifth at 157. Brunner picked up two pins on his run – over Daniel Glidden (Olivet) in 2:59 and Ross Pennock (Olivet) in 0:28. Brunner also added a 17-1 (5:24) tech fall over Austin Nault (Trine). He was 4-2 on the day.
Messerall was 3-2 with a bye and a pin. After a loss, Messerall picked up a tech fall, 20-4 (5:57) over Glidden and the pin (6:52) over Christian Rodriguez (Wabash).
165: Tyler Fahrer narrowly lost his opening match, 4-3 to Tristan Wilson (Manchester). The loss ignited a remarkable run of five straight pins for Fahrer, who finished with a third-place 5-1 record. Fahrer's pins were: 1:11 over Daniel Collins (Olivet); 2:30 over Matt Gwin (ONU); 0:28 over Connor Armuth (Wabash); 4:05 over Seth Meyer (ONU); and 2:08 over Kody Caudle (Wabash).
Chris White was 1-2 at the tournament, with his win coming in the form of a pin (4:05) over Mitchell Franklin (Alma). Joeseph Fisher was 0-2.
174: Tyler Hammack was 4-1 for third place in Ada. He started with two wins – 6-3 over Jacob Harvey (Olivet) and a 9-1 major over Durham Basso (Alma). Following a setback, Hammack closed with pins over Trine's Kerry Raab (2:19) and Olivet's Nicholas Affricano (5:55).
Arther Slayton (1-2) won his opener with a 13-4 major of Roderick Howard (Alma). Spencer Geil was 0-2 and Jack Knoll forfeited twice.
184: Eric Murdock took fifth with a 3-2 record. After an opening loss, Murdock beat teammate Hayden Miller, 6-3, before knocking off Brett Burtrum (Olivet), 3-2. In the fifth-place match, he shook off a loss by beating Ryan Clark (Olivet), 5-3.
Miller was 1-2 with a pin of Will Ambeger (Wabash) in 4:20.
285: Napoleon Bell and Kyle Jenkin each placed. Bell had a promising run cut short by injury. He beat Cameron Daniels (Alma), 3-2, then beat Jake Barclay (Wabash), 6-2. In his next match, Bell had an injury forfeit 6:40 into the match. With the two medical forfeits that followed, Bell finished sixth.
Jenkin was pinned by Cameron Lee (Alma), then turned the tables and pinned Jason Kibiloski (Olivet) in 1:41. A 4-3 win over Tyler Prater (Trine) was followed by two losses, which put Jenkin in eighth place.
Heidelberg returns to action on Tuesday for their conference finale – on the road at first-place Baldwin Wallace. The dual with the Yellow Jackets starts at 7:30 p.m.