TIFFIN -- On Senior Night, the Heidelberg University wrestling team was unable to overcome a spree of early bonus points by visiting John Carroll University. The Blue Streaks escaped out from under the spotlight of Seiberling Gymnasium with a win.
Prior to the match, the Student Princes (10-7, 3-3 OAC) honored senior statisticians Jessi Burge and Ivan Franks and wrestlers Spencer Geil, Christian Climer and Tyler Hammack. The quintet was thanked for their service to the program over the last four years.
"I'm really proud of our fight tonight," said Head Coach Tony Patrizi. "We'll get back to work to prepare for regionals."
At 125, JCU's Andrew Perelka took a commanding lead in the first period with an early takedown and four back points. Quire nearly escaped three times in the period, but was saved by a whistle each time. Down 6-0 in the second, fell victim to another takedown. Perelka would take a major decision, 11-2.
Mason Brainard opened up the 133 bout with a quick takedown of Spencer Dusi. After Dusi escaped, neither would score again in the first period. Brainard started on bottom in the second, but logged the only points of the period, an escape. Again on the bottom of the third, Brainard repeated the feat, taking a 6-1 lead. He would use a stalling point and a riding time point en route to a 8-1 decision.
Blue Streak Jarrod Brezovec took control at 141 with a takedown and four near-fall points over Tre Bogetich. After a Bogetich escape, Brezovec ended the period with another takedown and four back points. Brezovec went on to secure a technical fall in the second period, 20-3.
In his first collegiate conference match, Dwight Parker fell behind 2-0 early to Jarrad Lasko. Lasko continued to control the match, taking a big 12-0 lead into the second period. Lasko secured another tech fall for the visitors early in the third period.
Prior to the intermission, Jacob Horsch battled Danny Novak at 157. The pair were tied at three after the first period. Novak started down in the second and escaped in less than 30 seconds. Down 6-4 in the third, Horsch was unable to rally back and fell, 9-5.
After an entertaining break, JCU restarted where it left off. Seth Winkle pinned Micah Mydolski in 2:16 -- giving the Blue Streaks a 23-3 lead in the match.
At 174, Jeremiah Slagle breathed life into the despondent Seiberling Gymnasium crowd with a takedown and nearfall on Sam Gross in the opening moments of the first period. Ahead 8-1, Slagle allowed a reversal in the final seconds of the period. Gross started down to start the second and escaped. Slagle responded with a takedown midway through the second, taking a 10-4 lead before extending his lead with a near fall before the horn. Thirsty for bonus points that would get his team back in the match, Slagle powered on to a 17-5 major decision.
Dylan Roth raced out to a 5-0 lead before cutting Luke Reicosky. Another takedown gave Roth a 7-1 lead after one. Starting down, Roth needed three seconds to escape. Hunting bonus points, Roth was unable to trap Reicosky, who was penalized twice for stalling in the final period alone. Roth still managed a 12-3 major decision victory and moved to 34-0 on the season.
Hammack took the mat at 197 with his team down 23-11. A takedown and eight back points put him up 10-0 over Vittorio Santillo after one. In desperate need of a pin, Hammack dominated the match. Down 14-0 to start the third, Santillo cut Hammack -- giving up the 15-0 technical fall, but securing the win for his squad. Hammack improved to 23-4 overall, 5-0 in the OAC.
Climer battled Joshua Stasek in an entertaining match at 285. Using a second period takedown, Climer emerged with a 6-3 victory.
The Student Princes will gear up for the final time before NCAA Regionals on Saturday at the Mid-States Invitational hosted by Alma College. Mideast Regionals will take place on February 22 at Wabash College.