TC?grad Schneider, Heidelberg win big

Delian Schneider has high expectations for this season.

Schneider, a 125-pound senior and Columbian graduate, opened the Student Princes’ match with Ohio Athletic Conference rival John Carroll by recording a 19-4 technical fall over the Blue Streaks Michael Buckiso.

It was just the beginning of a Heidelberg romp, as it buried John Carroll, 34-9. For Schneider, he improved to 14-8.

“I have one simple goal, and that’s to be a national champ,” Schneider said. “I’m working out multiple times a day, working on technique in the morning and then our regular practices in the evening. I’m doing everything I can to be a national champ.

Second-year Heidelberg coach Ned Shuck said he likes coaching a wrestler with those types of expectations – expectations he shares.

“Del’s one of those kids you like to see; always thinks about getting to the next level, always thinking about a national title,” Shuck said. “He’s got some work to do to make that happen, and he knows that, but it is easy to coach him.”

Shuck said his wrestlers focus on gaining “bonus” points, and the Student Princes got plenty of them Tuesday night. In addition to picking up a pair of forfeits, 141-pounder Chris Osborne scored a 20-3 technical fall on JCU’s Doug Hays, then 149-pound senior Andrew John made quick work of the Streaks’ Daniel Mirman, pinning him in 1:08.

“I just had to stay with my technique, and what I’ve learned,” Johnson said after improving to 26-10 and scoring his 13th fall of the year. “I’ve been working on this leg cradle where I step hard to the side, catch his leg, and work into the cradle. That was something I’ve been working on.”

“We know A.J. is a dangerous wrestler, and when he brings it, he can make some things happen.” Shuck said. “That kid he just stuck (Mirman) is ranked 10th in the country right now and had a great year.”

Heidelberg’s other wins were decisions. Damon Cheek, a 149-pound Bellevue graduate, notched a 4-2 win over John Connick in a 165-pound match.

“He did a great job,” Shuck said. “Didn’t sit around and wait; he got to what he does best and it paid off for him in the end.”

In the 174-pound match, Heidelberg’s Jeremy Stepp nipped Vinny Jiovenetta, 4-3.

“(Stepp) is one of those kids we’re looking to open up more,” Shuck said. “He did a little bit more of that tonight, hitting more shots and being more aggressive. He’s gonna win those close ones when he continues to wrestle that style.”

Heidelberg’s final contested win came from freshman heavyweight Nino Majoy, who upended John Carroll’s Will Porter, 8-1.

“He (wrestled) really disciplined, smart,” Shuck said.

John Carroll won a pair of matches. Terner Gott (157 pounds), ranked No. 4 in Division III, pinned HU’s Aaron Banko in 3:36. JCU 184-pounder Bryan Steinmetz scored a 9-4 win over Richard Dowdley.

Heidelberg improved to 10-6, 3-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. JCU fell to 4-6, 0-3.