In the words of Heidelberg University’s second year head wrestling coach Ned Shuck, “we wrestled aggressively with a dominating style.”
Indeed the Student Princes did as they hosted Ohio Athletic Conference foe John Carroll University under the spotlight in Seiberling Gymnasium. The Blue Streaks only managed to wrestle away two matches from the Berg, as Heidelberg dominated the Blue Streaks in a 37-9 victory.
The night began with junior 125-pounder, Delian Schneider’s (Tiffin/Columbian) 19-4 technical fall over his John Carroll counterpart, Michael Buckiso.
Schneider, who moves to 14-8 on the year with his victory, is currently ranked as a national contender by D3wrestle.com.
Following Schneider’s technical fall, John Carroll forfeited 133-pounds to freshman Justin Kihn (Kettering/Kettering Fairmont).
141-pounder Chris Osborne (McComb) extended the Heidelberg lead to 16-0 with his 20-3 technical fall over Douglas Hayes.
At 149-pounds, senior Andrew Johnson (Weston/Otsego) squared off against John Carroll’s Daniel Mirman who is ranked tenth by D3wrestle.com. Johnson made quick work of the Blue Streak, with a first period pin in a time of 1:08.
At 157-pounds, the Blue Streaks found their first win of the evening with a Terner Gott victory over freshman Aaron Banko (Garfield Heights). Gott pinned Banko in 3:36.
With the team score 22-6 in Heidelberg’s favor, frshman Damon Cheek (Bellevue) stepped on the mat for the Berg at 165-pounds. Cheek battled John Carroll’s John Connick for three periods, emerging victorious with a 4-2 decision and extending the Heidelberg lead to 25-6.
Following Cheek's victory, junior 174-pounder Jeremy Stepp (Cincinnati/Princeton) collected his 12th decision of the season with a 4-3 victory over Vinny Jiovenetta.
Sophomore transfer Richard Dowdley (Cleveland/Ginn Academy) surrendered the second Heidelberg loss of the evening at 184-pounds. Dowdley fell 9-4 to his John Carroll counterpart.
Senior Andy Lovins (Clinton Township, MI./Lake Shore) earned another forfeit at 197-pounds extending the Berg advantage to 34-9.
Lovins, who missed mat time at the beginning of the season because of the extended Heidelberg football season, is currently ranked ninth by D3wrestle.com.
Freshman heavyweight Nino Majoy (Huron) closed out the match with an 8-1 decision over Will Porter of John Carroll, adding three more points to the Heidelberg team score.
The Heidelberg grapplers will return to the mat on Friday, February 1, 2013 when they travel to Wheaton, Illinois to compete in the Pete Wilson Invitational. The Pete Wilson is a two-day tournament with wrestling beginning on Friday afternoon and commencing on Saturday evening. The start time for the Pete Wilson Invitational is TBA.