What kind of "Duals Personality," will this 2010-11 Ashland University wrestling team have?
The first possible clue to that question came on Tuesday night (Dec. 6) when the Eagles, with four freshmen, two sophomores and without 285-pound All-American Jacob Southwick (Bowling Green, Ohio/Otsego), stopped Heidelberg, 27-10 in Tiffin, Ohio.
AU head coach Tim Dernlan doesn't have his full lineup in place at this point in the season and that fact doesn't seem to bother him a whit. Some his wrestlers are banged up and need a break. At other spots, Dernlan wants to experiment a bit. Normally a coach who takes the glass-is-half-full approach, Dernlan sees this as an opportunity for some up-and-coming wrestlers to see what they can accomplish. It's hard to argue with him after the way the Eagles, ranked 10th in the country, opened the dual-meet portion of the schedule at Heidelberg.
The four freshmen went 2-2 at Seiberling Gymnasium. The Student Princes (2-4) are usually one of the best NCAA Division III outfits in the country. AU didn't allow Heidelberg to build up any momentum, racing out to an 8-0 lead and then taking a 21-4 lead after a 14-2 major decision by senior Tommie Graszl (Mansfield, Ohio/Madison) at 165 pounds.
The evening began with senior Brandon Davis (Greensboro, N.C./Page) stopping Delian Schneider, 8-6 at 125 pounds. Davis is 9-4 and ranked seventh in the country.
At 133 pounds, sophomore Adli Edwards (Gahanna, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) stepped into the spot normally held by senior Dan Mandara (Canandaigua, N.Y.) and won by technical fall over Cam Michel, 17-0 (4:03). This was the first match of the year for Edwards.
After HC's Chris Osborne stopped junior Dan Genetin (Navarre, Ohio/Massillon Perry) with a 14-4 major decision at 141 pounds, the Eagles won four straight matches. That run included sophomore Jake Piatt's (Medina, Ohio) first pin of the season at 157 pounds. Piatt (7-6) pinned Dustin Powell in 1:36.
At 174 pounds, freshman Bryson Hall (Doylestown, Ohio/Chippewa) was 5-2 winner over Jeremy Stepp. Hall is 10-3.
AU's last victory came at 197 pounds. Freshman Joe Brandt (Versailles, Ohio), fresh off a tournament championship at the Ohio Northern Invitational, defeated Andy Lovins, 6-3.
The Eagles are idle until they travel to Indianapolis for the Midwest Classic on Dec. 18-19.
Ashland 27, Heidelberg 10
125 – Brandon Davis (AU) dec. Delian Schneider (HC), 8-6 3-0, AU
133 – Adli Edwards (AU) tech. fall Cam Michel (HC),17-0 (4:03) 8-0, AU
141 – Chris Osborne (HC) maj. dec. Dan Genetin (AU), 14-4 8-4, AU
149 – Matt Meuer (AU) dec. Ian Gillespie (HC), 5-4 11-4, AU
157 – Jake Piatt (AU) pins Dustin Powell (HC), 1:36 17-4, AU
165 – Tommie Graszl (AU) maj. dec. Dylan Norwood (HC), 14-2 21-4, AU
174 – Bryson Hall (AU) dec. Jeremy Stepp (HC), 5-2 24-4, AU
184 – Jason Russell (HC) dec. Kurt Schaefer (AU), 3-2 24-7, AU
197 – Joe Brandt (AU) dec. Andy Lovins (HC), 6-3 27-7, AU
285 – Jerry Knapp (HC) dec. Clint Endicott (AU), 5-1 27-10, AU