Cedar Falls, Iowa – January 9, 2011 – The nationally ranked Heidelberg University wrestling team had a tough outing at the 2011 NWCA / Cliff Keen National Duals hosted by the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
The Berg opened up action at the national duals with a 37-12 setback to no. 6 ranked Ithaca College prior to falling 25-20 to no. 26 Johnson & Wales College. Overall the Berg stands at 4-4-2.
Ithaca opened up the dual with victories in the first five weight classes. Heidelberg’s Matt Curley (Brecksville, Ohio / Lakewood) halted Ithaca’s winning streak at 165 pounds. Curley pinned David Foley in 6:14. Adding to the win column for the Berg was Pat Rigsby (Dublin, Ohio / St. Charles) and Andy Lovins (Clinton Township, Mich. / Lake Shore) at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively. Risgby posted a 4-1 decision, while Lovins registered a 4-2 decision.
In its second dual of the tournament, Tom D’Alessandro (Mayfield Heights, Ohio / Mayfield) got the Berg on the board with a 3-2 decision at 133 pounds. After two more Johnson & Wales victories, the Berg went on to take four of the last six weight classes. Jason Barnett (Westerville, Ohio / DeSales) got things started with a 12-7 decision at 157 pounds. Curley and Lovins each continued their winning ways. Curley had a 20-9 major decision, while Lovins followed suit with an 11-1 major decision of his own. Rounding out the winners for the Berg was Jerry Knapp (Olmsted Falls, Ohio / Olmsted Falls). Knapp pinned Jon Flegel in 4:44.
Following action at the national duals, Curley leads the Berg with an overall record of 14-1. Following Curley is Knapp at 11-4 and Lovins at 10-4.
No. 6 Ithaca 37, No. 28 Heidelberg 12
125 Dominick Giacolone (Ithaca) dec. Devin Mazik (Heidelberg), 4 - 0
133 Seth Ecker (Ithaca) maj. dec. Tom D'Alessandro (Heidelberg), 11 - 3
141 Jeremy Stierly (Ithaca) fall Ben Kieffer (Heidelberg), (2:40)
149 Blaine Woszczak (Ithaca) fall Andrew Johnson (Heidelberg), (2:07)
157 Derek Brenon (Ithaca) fall Jason Barnett (Heidelberg), (6:14)
165 Matt Curley (Heidelberg) fall David Foley (Ithaca), (4:29)
174 David Priest (Ithaca) fall Dayne Williams (Heidelberg), (6:22)
184 Pat Rigsby (Heidelberg) dec. Keith Dickey (Ithaca), 4 - 1
197 Andy Lovins (Heidelberg) dec. Shane Bartrum (Ithaca), 4 - 2
285 Matthew Mahon (Ithaca) fall Jerry Knapp (Heidelberg), (0:20)
No. 26 Johnson & Wales 25, No. 28 Heidelberg 20
125 James Soprano (Johnson & Wales) maj. dec. Devin Mazik (Heidelberg), 13 – 4
133 Tom D'Alessandro (Heidelberg) dec. John Donaleski (Johnson & Wales), 3 - 2
141 Daniel Franco (Johnson & Wales) fall Chris Osborne (Heidelberg), 2:32
149 Thomas Webster (Johnson & Wales) fall Andrew Johnson (Heidelberg), (1:29)
157 Jason Barnett (Heidelberg) dec. Ethan Farrell (Johnson & Wales), 12 - 7
165 Matt Curley (Heidelberg) maj. dec. Jack Hamilton (Johnson & Wales), 20 - 9
174 Colin Lenhardt (Johnson & Wales) fall Justin Wharton (Heidelberg), 2:56
184 Brennan Ward (Johnson & Wales) dec. Pat Rigsby (Heidelberg), 12 - 5
197 Andy Lovins (Heidelberg) maj. dec. Blake McNulty (Johnson & Wales), 11 - 1
285 Jerry Knapp (Heidelberg) fall Jon Flegel (Johnson & Wales), 4:44