The Heidelberg University wrestling team, guided by second year head coach Ned Shuck, traveled to eastern Pennsylvania and the campus of Messiah College to begin their 2012-2013 season. The Student Princes took a 27-man squad to the Messiah Invitational and placed six wrestlers, in five different weight-classes.
As a team, Heidelberg finished in third place with 82.5 points. Host Messiah College took first by scoring 105 points, followed by Elizabethtown College with 93.5. The Invitational was not scored with a conventional format.
Senior 149-pounder, Andrew Johnson (Weston/Otsego) and sophomore 197-pounder Jason Russell (Columbus/West) claimed first place in their respective weight classes.
Johnson, returns for his senior season as a three-time Ohio Athletic Conference finalist. At the Messiah Invitational, Johnson battled through four opponents before meeting teammate, freshman Tyler Majoy (Milan/Edison), in the finals. Johnson scored a technical fall, 16-0, over Majoy for top honors at 149.
Russell’s journey to an individual title began with a bye in the first round followed by two pins in 6:15 and 4:19 respectively. In the championship match, Russell met Mitchell Steed of Wheaton College, who he defeated by decision, 4-2.
Junior Chris Osborne (McComb), OAC runner-up a season ago, placed second at 141-pounds. At the Messiah Invitational, Osborne scored two falls in 3:30 and 3:24 respectively, to reach the semifinals.
In the semifinals, Osborne squared off against Elisha Gaylor of Ursinus College, who he defeated, 7-1. In the finals, it was Kaleb Loft of host Messiah, who bested Osbourne by a score of 6-4.
Freshman Colin McDermitt (Lima/Shawnee) showed well for the Berg in the 133-pound weight class, placing fourth and defeating teammate, Delian Schneider (Tiffin/Columbian). Schneider, who was the fourth seed, lost in the second round by decision, 11-7.
Schneider won his first consolation match, but was bested by McDermitt, 10-7 in the fourth round of consolation action.
McDermitt then fought his way to the consolation finals by scoring a decision over Evan Krumheuer of John Hopkins, 7-3, followed by a medical forfeit over Kyle Coblentz of Messiah College. McDermitt lost the consolation finals match, 9-8 to Ryan O’Boyle of McDaniel College.
The 285-weight class was riddled with five Heidelberg wrestlers, all of which were freshmen. However, it was Josh Amburgey (Sheffield Lake/Brookside), who outwrestled his teammates on his way to a fourth place finish for the Berg.
In the first round Amburgey received a bye. He then beat Joey Tilson of John Hopkins by decision, 4-2 in the second round, only to lose by decision, 10-7 in the quarterfinals.
In the consolation bracket, Amburgey faced off against teammate Jeremy Musleh in the fourth round. He downed Musleh by a 2-0 decision and battled Mark Howard of the Coast Guard Academy in the quarterfinals. After defeating Howard, 7-5, Amburgey had to wrestle another teammate, Antinino Majoy. Amburgey won by medical forfeit and advanced to the 285-pound consolation finals.
In the finals match, Amburgey’s luck would run out as he was pinned in 0:21 by Evan Canady of Messiah College.
The Heidelberg grapplers will return to the mat on Saturday, November 10, when they travel to the Washington and Jefferson Invitational in Washington, PA. First round action from the campus of Washington and Jefferson College is slated for 9:30 a.m.