WRS: Berg goes 3-1 at Inaugural Kalahari Duals

Photos by Erica Leber
Photos by Erica Leber

SANDUSKY -- A quick jaunt up the Sandusky River, the Heidelberg University team hosted the inaugural Kalahari Duals at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center.  The Student Princes emerged with a 3-1 record over the four duals -- pummeling Waynesburg, Thomas More and Keystone before falling to Olivet.

On the day, Dylan Roth was a perfect 4-0 with two pins, a major decision and a forfeit.  Tre Bogetich was 3-0 with a pin, a tech fall and a major. Pacer Quire, Mason Brainard, Joe Damm, Dante Colza and Jeremiah Slagle were all 3-1.  

Heidelberg improved to 7-2 in dual matches this season.  


After sitting idle during the first round of duals, Heidelberg took an early lead as Pacer Quire majored Waynesburg's Dylan Williams, 12-0.  Shot out of a cannon early, Mason Brainard picked up a quick lead and eventually pinned Tyler Williams in 4:09. Tre Bogetich kept the Berg momentum rolling with an 11-1 major decision over Josh Kuslock.  

Ahead 14-0 through 141, Heidelberg won again as Joe Damm used a critical third-period takedown of Jaeden Gordon to win, 3-2.  Devin Miller made it five straight wins for the Student Princes, upending Zach Mackall, 7-4. At 165, Dante Colza defeated Dillon Charlton, 10-4, giving Heidelberg a 23-0 lead.  

A frantic third-period rally for Jeremiah Slagle netted a 7-5 win over Dan Verhovsek before Dylan Roth made quick work of Mike Mahon with a 98-second pin -- Roth's 10th of the season.  

Down 32-0, the Yellow Jackets got on the board with a 12-6 win by Ken Burrs over Tyler Hammack.  At 285, Jake Evans pinned Christian Climer to end the match.


Quire took a narrow 3-2 victory over Jimmy Murphy at 125 before the bonus points began to roll in.  Brainard pounded Kelby Gay to a 16-1 tech fall before Bogetich picked up a pin over Kenny Byers. At 149, Damm majored Cody Roland, 11-2.  Jacob Horsch ended the first half of the dual by pinning Garren Moody in 3:29.

Colza won by forfeit before Slagle tech falled Daylan Bailey, 18-0.  Pin #11 for Roth came 89 seconds into his 184 match with Avery Jones.  After Chase Morrison picked up a forfeit, Blake Jerome punctuated the shutout with a pin of Tyler Kassinger.  


Keystone took forfeits at 125 and 133 before picking up a Colby Bronzburg pin over Jake Justice at 141.  During the bout at 149, Joe Damm won by a medical forfeit before Keystone forfeited again at 157.

Up 24-6, the Student Princes enjoyed back-to-back tech falls by Colza and Slagle.  After Roth won by forfeit, Morrison pinned John Hooper in the first period. At 285, Jerome sealed the match with a 12-0 major decision over Cam Smith.  


The Comets scored narrow victories over Quire and Brainard, taking a 6-0 lead.  Bogetich responded with a tech fall, drawing The Berg to within one at 6-5. Consecutive pins for Olivet, however, put HU in an 18-5 hole through 157.  At 165, the Student Princes dropped their second sudden victory decision of the match as Dante Colza fell late in the first overtime period.

After another narrow loss at 174 by Slagle, Roth righted the ship with a major decision win -- 11-4 over Clayton Higelmier.  Hammack followed with a pin of Jacob Harvey. The day concluded with an Olivet pin.


The Student Princes are through competing in the 2018 calendar year.  Their next competition is Jan. 4-5 at the National Duals held in Louisville, Ky.