Following their convincing win over the Blue Streaks of John Carroll University on Wednesday, January 29, 2013, the Heidelberg University wrestling team and second year head coach Ned Shuck traveled to Wheaton, Illinois, to compete in the Pete Willson Invitational, host by Wheaton College.
Sophomore Richard Dowdley (Cleveland/Ginn Academy) led the Student Princes in Wheaton claiming third place at 184-pounds.
Dowdley entered a 184-pound weight class that featured five wrestlers ranked by d3wrestle.com.
Dowdley began the tournament with a 10-2 major decision over Ohio Athletic Conference foe Brian Deming from the University of Mount Union.
In the second round, Dowdley squared off against Rau entered the match ranked number one in the county by d3wrestle.com.
Rau handed Dowdley his only loss of the day by pinning the Student Prince in 4:44.
Following the loss, Dowdley faced a long journey back into medal contention. In his first consolation bout, Dowdley made quick work of John Hinson of Concordia, pinning Hinson in 1:31.
Dowdley collected another fall over Samuel Pennisi from the University of Chicago in a time of 3:42.
After his pair of falls, Dowdley squared off with tenth ranked Daniel Olsen of host Wheaton College. Dowdley downed Olsen in a 20-8 major decision, moving on to the consolation quarterfinals.
Dowdley battled William Lockhart of OAC foe Muskingum in the quarterfinals, who was fresh off of his victory over Bryan Stienmetz of John Carroll, who beat Dowdley on Tuesday in the dual match.
However, Dowdley marched through to the semifinals with a 5-2 decision over Lockhart.
The semifinals were set to be a rematch between Dowdley and Rau of Elmhurst, but with a Rau disqualification, Dowdley moved into the consolation finals to battle Matt Gille from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside.
Dowdley beat Gille 6-4 in the consolation finals, earning him a third place finish at the Pete Willson Invitational.
Senior Andy Lovins (Clinton Township, MI./Lake Shore) followed Dowdley’s third place finish by claiming fifth place at 197-pounds.
Lovins began his journey to fifth place with a 5-4 decision over Casey Greenberg of North Central College, followed by a 15-7 major decision over Travis Ebersole of Messiah College who is ranked by D3wrestle.com as an honorable mention.
After defeating Ebersole, Lovins battled Ohio Athletic Conference foe, Nick Rajcsak from the University of Mount Union. Lovins downed the Purple Raider in a 6-4 decision, moving into the semifinals.
In the semifinal bout, Lovins was handed his first loss of the tournament by seventh ranked Shane Siefert form the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, in a 13-10 decision.
Following the loss, Lovins squared off with national contender Phillip Landis of Elizabethtown. Landis defeated Lovins in a 6-2 decision.
In the fifth-sixth palce match, Lovins faced Mario Palmisano from the University of Chicago. Lovins beat Palmisano 3-2 in sudden victory overtime.
Besides Dowdley’s third and Lovins fifth place finish at 197-pounds, juniors Jeremy Stepp (Cincinnati/Princeton) and Chris Osborne (McComb) were the other Berg wrestlers to climb on the podium.
The duo of Stepp and Osborne claimed eighth place at 174 and 141 pounds respectively.
As a team, the Berg finished tenth of 29 with 56.5 points. University of Wisconsin – Parkside claimed first in the team standings with 151.5 points, followed by Messiah College’s 105 points.
The Heidelberg wrestling team will return to the mat on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 when they continue OAC dual match competition with the Purple Raiders of the University of Mount Union. Action from Alliance, Ohio is slated for 7:30 p.m.