WRS: Berg takes second at W&J

WRS: Berg takes second at W&J

WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania -- The strong start for the Heidelberg University wrestling team continued on Saturday. Led by Dylan Roth and Tyler Hammack, the Student Princes took second at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational. As they did last weekend, Roth (184) and Hammack (197) won their weight classes.

Jeremiah Slagle took second at 174 while Christian Climer (285), Pacer Quire (125) and Slade Todd (149) each took fifth. Austin Smith was sixth at 197.

Heidelberg returns to action on Tuesday for their first conference dual of the season. The Berg visits Wilmington College, back for the first season after a seven-year hiatus. The Quakers are coached by former 'Berg standout, Justin Kihn. The match will begin at 7 p.m.

125: Pacer Quire continued to enjoy success at the start of his freshman year. Despite falling in his first match, he rebounded with three straight wins -- two pins and a major. He went 3-1 on the day, finishing fifth.

133: No competitors.

141: Luis Ibarra (1-2) picked up a major decision in his first round match, but dropped his next two.

149: Slade Todd (3-1) split his first two matches to fall into the consolation bracket. There, however, he responded with a tech fall and a major decision to claim fifth place.

Tre Bogetich (2-2) started strong -- winning a narrow 4-2 decision then picking up a major decision. However, he fell in the next two matches.

Joe Damm (2-2) lost his opener, but responded with a first-period pin in the next round. After another win, he was eliminated.

Dwight Parker (1-2) and Micah Mydloski (0-2) also did not place.

157: Devin Miller (2-2) picked up two major decision wins, but did not place. Dominic Finch (1-2) had a pin in his opener while Jacob Horsch went 0-2.

165: Dante Colza dropped his first round match, but rallied for two pins in the consolations. He went 2-2 and did not place.

174: After a 7-2 win in the first round, Jeremiah Slagle reeled off two straight tech fall wins to advance to the finals. On the day, he went 3-1 and finished second.

184: Dylan Roth was a beast. He rattled off three straight pins en route to the championship bout. There, he bested Avery Jones (Thomas More), 12-9, to win his second tournament in as many weeks.

197: Tyler Hammack won his second tournament in a row with four straight wins. He picked up a pin in the opener, then won the next two 11-7 and 6-0. In the finals, he beat James Caniglia (Thomas More), 8-2.

Austin Smith (3-2) had two pins among his three wins, finishing sixth.

Chase Morrison (1-2) had a pin, but did not place.

285: As he did last week, the aptly-named Christian Climer climbed out of a big hole on Saturday. He lost in the first round before going pin-pin-major-pin-pin. He went 5-1 and took fifth.

Blake Jerome (3-2) picked up two pins but did not place.