ALMA, Mich.—Junior 197-pounder Andy Lovins (Clinton Township, Mich./Lake Shore) won the 197-pound individual championship today to highlight the Heidelberg University wrestling team’s performance at the Alma (Mich.) College Open in Alma, Mich. The tournament was unscored.
Lovins took a 16-0 technical fall over Nathan Hayden of Alma College in his first match before winning consecutive decisions to advance to the finals. In the finals, Lovins defeated Kurt Alder, 1-0, of NCAA Division I Central Michigan University to claim the individual title.
Sophomore 141-pounder Chris Osborne (McComb) and senior heavyweight Jerry Knapp (Columbia Station/Olmstead Falls) each finished in third place with identical 3-1 records. Osborne took an 8-2 decision from Joe Johnson of Michigan State University, also a Division I school, before being edged, 9-7 in overtime, by Chris Rau of EMU. Osborne would bounce back and win his next two matches by decision to claim third place.
Knapp won his first match by a 14-0 major decision against Brock Neeson of Alma, but lost his next match, 6-1, to Cole Dillman of EMU. In the consolation bracket, he took two straight decisions to take third.
Sophomore 174-pounder Jeremy Stepp (Cincinnati/Princeton) also won three matches, including a pin in 6:22 in second match.
The Student Princes return to the mat Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28 at the Wheaton (Ill.) College Invitational in Wheaton, Ill.