While some of the Heidelberg University wrestling team was competing at the Budd Whitehill National Wrestling Duals in Lycoming, PA., on Saturday, January 12, 2013, eight freshman were on the mat in North Manchester, IN. battling for a spot on the podium at the Spartan Mat Classic.
Seven of the Student Princes would leave North Manchester boasting hardware.
As a team, the Berg finished fifth.
Travis Luft (Ashville/Teays Valley) led the Berg in Indiana, winning the 149-pound weight class and wrestling to a spotless 4-0 record.
Luft began his run toward the 149-pound individual title with a major decision of 11-1. Luft then battled the number two seed, Nathan Segal from North Central College. After defeating Segal with by decision, 6-3, Luft was set to take on teammate, Dylan Blanton (Greenwich/South Central).
Luft would move into the championship bout with a first period pin in 2:19. Blanton would move on to the fifth-sixth-place match against fellow Student Princes, Damon Cheek (Bellevue). Cheek would be victorious by a score of 5-2.
In the championship bout, Luft squared off against Rudolph Pataro of Ohio Athletic Conference rival, Ohio Northern, who defeated the number one seed in the first round.
Luft kept the Polar Bear at bay, shutting out Pataro and rolling to an 8-0 victory.
The fourth Berg wrestler at 149-pounds, Brad Temple (Lebanon), would not face any of his teammates on his way to a seventh place finish. He defeated his opponent, Eric Vogel of Knox College (IL.), 8-4 in the seventh-eighth-place bout.
Tyler Majoy (Norwalk/Edison) claimed the second highest prize at the Spartan Mat Classic with his second place finish at 141-pounds.
Majoy earned two byes into the quarterfinals, which he followed with a 7-4 decision, and a fall in 4:35, earning him a spot in the championship bout.
Majoy’s opponent, number one seed Wayne Black of Mount St. Joseph, proved too much for the freshman as he defeated Majoy, 9-6 in the finals.
Mark Carosella (North Ridgeville) also competed at 141-pounds for the Berg, earning a fourth place finish. Carosella collected a major decision and decision on his way to a 2-2 finish.
Ryan Hornack (Medina), the lone Berg wrestler to compete at 125-pounds, finished third. Hornack tallied a first round fall in a time of 4:02 followed by a 10-4 decision before losing in the championship semifinals.
Hornack rallied with a 10-8 decision in the consolation semifinals and a 16-1 technical fall over the number three seed, Cameron Whitten (unattached), who he beat, 10-4 earlier, in the consolation finals.
285-pounder Jeremy Musleh (Cleveland/Rhodes) also competed for the Berg, wrestling to a 0-2 finished and missing the podium.