WHEATON, Illinois -- As has been the case all season long, 184-pounder Dylan Roth and 197-pounder Tyler Hammack led the Heidelberg University wrestling team over the weekend. Roth took home the individual championship after completing a 5-0 weekend. Hammack finished fourth overall with a 5-2 record at the prestigious Pete Willson Wheaton Invitational.
"I am very proud of my guys," said Heidelberg Head Coach Tony Patrizi. "This is one of the toughest tournaments in the country and we got a great opportunity to wrestle some great competition … we identified some things to work on and some things to celebrate."
As the No. 6 wrestler in the country, Roth improved his season record to a perfect 33-0. Hammack bettered his record to 22-4 overall.
"With three weeks to regionals, we're excited about the work we get to put in," continued Coach Patrizi.
184: Dylan Roth's remarkable season continued. For the second time in as many weekends, Roth pinned Carter Layton (Muskingum) in less than a minute. He followed that win up with a 2-0 win over Helston Vandenbush (Milwaukee School of Engineering), using a stalling point and an escape to claim victory. In the quarterfinals against Grant Wedepohl (UW Platteville), Roth tallied quick takedowns in each period en route to a 9-1 major decision victory.
In the semifinals on Saturday, Roth -- the top seed in the 184 bracket -- beat Cody Baldridge (North Central) in a hard-fought match, 5-2. Facing Isaac Odell (Wheaton) in the finals, Roth was faced with one of his more difficult tests of the season. The junior went back-and-forth with Odell all match. After three periods of tough competition, the scored ended deadlocked at 11-a-piece. In the first period of sudden victory, Roth wrapped up Odell and slammed him to the mat for the overtime takedown victory.
With the dramatic decision, Roth claimed his fourth individual championship of the season on one of the biggest stages in the country.
197: Tyler Hammack, the No. 3 seed, received a bye before pinning Sam Simpson (Nebraska Wesleyan) in 62 seconds. A third-period escape was the difference as Hammack edged James Huntley (UW Eau Claire), 5-4. Facing Tyler Vittal (North Central) in the quarterfinals, Hammack fell, 5-2.
Hammack opened Saturday in style by pinning Gavin Dersh-Fisher (Case Western Reserve) in 2:18. He follow that up with a win over OAC for Corbin Bunsold (Otterbein), 9-4. In the consolation semifinals, Hammack advanced as fourth-seeded Antonio McCloud (Mount St. Joseph) medically forfeited after an injury sustained in the championship semifinals. In the third-place bout, Hammack squared off against Riley Kauzlaric of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Hammack jumped out to a 6-3 lead by the end of the first period, but Kauzlaric quickly reversed the script in the second period evening the match at 7 a piece. In the third, Hammack was undone by a takedown and a riding time point to fall 10-7. The senior placed fourth among the esteemed competition.
285: After a bye, Christian Climer finally managed to catch Cody Jenkins (Muskingum), who had been hit with two points for stalling. Climer took Jenkins down, then wasted no time in turning the Muskie -- picking up a pin in 2:51. After dropping his next match, Climer responded in the consolations with a major decision over Austin Farrell (Trine), 12-3. Facing Cadin Koeppel (UW Whitewater), Climer parlayed a takedown and four back points in the first 30 seconds of the match into a 13-1 major decision win.
On Saturday, Climer's run came to an end with a loss to Trevor Piggott (Olivet).
125: Pacer Quire won in the opening round, picking up an 8-1 win over Austin Wieczorek (Alma). Quire would drop his next two matches.
133: Like Quire, Mason Brainard started off strong. Brainard teched a wily Skylar Gomez (Manchester), 25-10, to advance. Brainard was unable to win his next two matches and finished 1-2.
141, 149, 157, 165: No entries.
174: Jeremiah Slagle drew a bye before beating James Borgen (UW Stevens Point), 3-0. Slagle, like Quire and Brainard, fell in his next two opportunities and went 1-2.
The Student Princes hit the mats next on February 5 at home in Seiberling Gymnasium. The Berg will welcome OAC opponent John Carroll University for a conference dual match slated for a 7 p.m. start time.