OLIVET, Michigan -- The Heidelberg University wrestling team rebounded from an early loss to go 3-1 at the Olivet Comet Duals on Saturday. Pacer Quire, Jeremiah Slagle and Dylan Roth all went 4-0 on the day. On the season, Roth remains a perfect 12-0.
Dante Colza was 3-1 on the day, while Joseph Damm and Chase Morrison were both 2-0.
"I'm really proud of my guys," said Head Coach Tony Patrizi. "We had a bit of a slow start, but came together as a team and finished with three quality team performances.
In a 29-18 loss to Millikin, Pacer Quire started his fantastic day with a first-period pin of Chase Emerson. The 133 forfeit ignited a strong stretch for Millikin, which took the next three weight classes to build a 22-6 lead through 157. At 165, Dante Colza battled for a 10-7 win to get HU back on track. Jeremiah Slagle followed with an 8-5 win at 174. Dylan Roth followed with his first pin of the day, cutting the Millikin lead to 22-18. Heidelberg, however, was unable to maintain momentum and dropped the final two matches.
The Student Princes rebounded with a resounding 38-18 win over Manchester. Quire picked up his second pin of the day before HU took a forfeit at 133. After the Spartans scored a pin at 141, Joseph Damm won a 12-9 decision at 149. Another pin by Manchester put the Spartans up 18-9 at the midway point. Heidelberg, however, rallied to take the final five bouts. Colza ignited the rally with a pin before the horn in the second period. Slagle followed with a tech fall before Roth and Chase Morrison pinned their opponents at 184 and 197. Blake Jerome put the cherry on top with a forfeit win at 285.
Success continued as Heidelberg scratched out a 23-20 win over Cornell College. Quire started the match with a pin … again. Down 11-6, Slade Todd helped right the ship with an 11-6 win at 149. Devin Miller followed with a resounding 21-4 tech fall, giving HU a 14-11 lead. After a Cornell pin at 165, Slagle tied the match at 17 with a 12-9 win at 174. Roth won his third match of the day, 8-4, to give HU a 20-17 advantage. Morrison won at 197, during which a control of mat area violation deducted a point from Cornell's team total. Cornell finished the match with a major decision.
To finish the day, Heidelberg beat Mount St. Joseph, 27-15. Quire moved to 4-0 with a 9-6 decision at 125. A forfeit and a pin gave MSJ a 12-3 lead. Damm began to chip away, scoring a 12-0 major decision. Jacob Horsch followed with a 10-9 win at 157 before Colza put HU up with a 5-1 win. Leading 13-12, Slagle used a 16-0 tech to improve to 4-0 on the day. Roth followed with his third pin of the day. Tyler Hammack picked up an 8-4 win, putting HU up 27-12. The Lions took the final bout of the day on an overtime takedown.
Having competed in individual tournaments the past two weekends, Heidelberg moved to 3-1 in dual meets.
"It was really fun competing together on one mat," said Patrizi. "We're really looking forward to competing at home."
The Student Princes return to action on Nov. 27 for their home opener ... an OAC dual against Ohio Northern. The match -- which begins at 7 p.m. under the spotlight in Seiberling Gymnasium -- marks the team's annual Mustache Mania promotion.