The Heidelberg University wrestling team traveled to Alma, Michigan on Saturday, January 26, 2013 to compete in the Alma Open, hosted by the Scots of Alma College.
Junior 125-pounder Delian Schneider (Tiffin/Columbian) and senior 197-pounder Andy Lovins (Clinton Township, MI./Lake Shore) claimed first place in their respective weight classes to lead the Berg in Alma.
Overall, the Student Princes placed nine wrestlers at the Alma College Open, but no team score was recorded.
Schneider began his route to the top of the podium with a first round bye that was followed by a 23-5 technical fall over Novric Reese of Indiana Tech.
In the semifinals, Schneider squared off with Ohio Athletic Conference foe Jerome Pasquale of Ohio Northern. Delian downed the Polar Bear in a 7-5 decision earning a chance to wrestle in the championship bout.
In the 125-pound finals, Schneider battled teammate, freshman Ryan Hornack (Medina) who he pinned in a time of 4:17.
D3wrestle.com currently ranks Schneider as a national contender in the 125-pound weight class.
Lovins, ranked ninth in the country by D3wrestle.com, began his run to a first place finish with a first period fall over Logan Heiing of Ohio Northern. Lovins then scored a technical fall over Heiing’s teammate Kody Bellamy. Lovins kept Bellamy scoreless, winning the bout 15-0.
In his semifinal match, Lovins downed Trevor Maresh of host Alma College with a 5-4 decision, earning him a rematch with Michael Pawlitz of Ohio Northern. The two 197-pounders battled a year ago in the OAC finals where Lovins scored a fall in 3:42, earning a berth to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
Lovins got the better of Pawlitz once again as he defeated the Polar Bear in a 6-4 decision.
Seniors Andrew Johnson (Weston/Otsego) and Justin Wharton (Oregon/Clay) respectively claimed second place at 149 and 165-pounds for the Student Princes.
Johnson lost to Stephan Dutton III from the University of Michigan in the finals by a technical fall (15-0) and Wharton fell to Nick Baker from Central Michigan University in the final bout by a score of 10-2.
Junior Chris Osborne (McComb) claimed second place at 141-pounds with three victories – a technical fall, decision and major decision – and a loss in the final bout to Zach Horan of Central Michigan.
Sophomore transfer Richard Dowley (Cleveland/Ginn Academy) finished second at 184-pounds in his first outing as a Student Prince. Dowley collected a first round bye followed by two decisions before losing to Austin Severn of Central Michigan by decision in the final bout.
The Heidelberg grapplers and second year head coach Ned Shuck will return to the mat on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 when they return home to Seiberling Gymnasium to battle the Blue Streaks of John Carroll University. Action between John Carroll and Heidelberg is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.