Tiffin, Ohio – January 25, 2010 – The Heidelberg University wrestling team continued its winning ways under the spotlight in Seiberling Gymnasium this evening. The Berg won six weight classes en route to a 25-12 Ohio Athletic Conference victory over Muskingum University. The win improved the Berg to 9-7-2 overall and 2-0 in the OAC, while the Muskies fell to 5-10 and 0-2.
Dating back to the 2006-07 season, Heidelberg boasts a 17-2 record under the spotlight in Seiberling Gymnasium. Included in the mix is a 13-1 record versus league foes.
Devin Mazik (Mingo Junction, Ohio / Indian Creek) made a statement at 125 to start the match off on a positive note for Heidelberg. In his first OAC bout of his career Mazik rallied for seven points in the final period, including a point for riding time, to register a 15-3 major decision.
The defending OAC champion at 133 pounds Tom D’Alessandro (Mayfield Heights, Ohio / Mayfield) extended Heidelberg’s lead to seven with an 8-2 decision.
Muskingum’s Luke Caracofe halted the early winning streak by the Berg with a 9-4 decision at 141 pounds.
Andrew Johnson (Weston, Ohio / Ostego) regained the momentum for the Berg at 149 pounds. After starting down to begin the second period, Johnson had a reversal that led to an eventual fall in 3:49. Heading into the midpoint of the dual, the Berg held a 13-3 lead.
At 157 pounds, Muskingum picked up three more points on a 4-0 decision by Adam Freidt to pull within 13-6 on the team scoreboard.
Paced by five points in the second period the two-time defending 165 pound OAC Champion Matt Curley (Brecksville, Ohio / Lakewood) picked up a 10-7 decision to push Heidelberg’s advantage to 10 points, 16-6. The win was the 13th straight for Curley who improves his team-best record to 22-1.
Heidelberg continued its winning ways at 174 pounds with Dayne Williams (Tiffin, Ohio / Columbian). After two periods Williams recorded eight back points to build a 12-0 lead. Williams eventually finished the night with a 15-2 major decision.
Muskingum returned to the victory column with wins at 184 and 197 pounds. At 197 pounds, Heidelberg’s Bear Rigsby (Dublin, Ohio / St. Charles) and Muskingum’s Lucas Weber battled through three takedowns before Weber came out on top.
Taking command early at 285 pounds was Heidelberg’s Jerry Knapp (Olmsted Falls, Ohio / Olmsted Falls). Behind 14 back points Knapp recorded a first period technical fall, 16-0, in 2:29 to bring the final dual score to 25-12 in favor of the host Student Princes.