Dragnet was an old-school television police drama. There was a line every week in that show that intoned, "The names have been changed to protect the innocent."
Thursday night (Feb. 9) at Kates Gymnasium, AU wrestling coach Tim Dernlan changed some names to protect the injured. The thought was that he was protecting some of his wrestlers who needed a little time off. He could have also spared the Patriots of Ohio Valley some pain, too.
AU, ranked 10th in the nation, cruised to a 45-6 win. A year ago, Ashland stopped Ohio Valley, 40-3. This victory puts Ashland at 12-2 in dual meets. AU's next dual comes on Valentine's Day, at Kates Gymnasium, against 12th-ranked West Liberty.
This match had very little mystery. AU rested four regulars, but their replacements looked just fine. At 133, freshman Dan McNulty (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) subbed for Adli Edwards (Gahanna, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) and carved out a 13-2 major decision over Josue Rodriquez. At 149, junior Jacob Garringer (Jamestown, Ohio/Miami Trace) stepped into the lineup in place of senior Marc Hoff (Liberty Center, Ohio) and pinned Luke Parsons in 3:39.
At 165, sophomore Jake Piatt (Medina, Ohio) took the place of senior Tommie Graszl (Mansfield, Ohio/Madison) and won by medical default. Finally, at 197, the Eagles gave freshman Joe Brandt (Versailles, Ohio) the night off in favor of sophomore Corby Running (Wilmington, Ohio/Clinton Massie). Running, who was in the starting lineup for most of last season, took a 7-1 decision from Chase Long.
"Corby Running looked great," said Dernlan. "It was great to see him back in there and wrestling. I was impressed with him."
Because of his propensity to pin opponents, AU fans hang around to the match at 285 to see senior Jacob Southwick (Bowling Green, Ohio/Otsego) go to work. Southwick didn't get a pin on Thursday, but he gave the AU faithful something to remember. Southwick was declared a 6-0 winner when his match with Blake Lucas was halted because of stalling. Lucas was warned early in the match, then was hit with points for stalling. After the fifth infraction, the match was stopped.
"First time I've ever seen it," said Dernlan. "Guys are starting to wrestle Jake that way. When you're that dominant, guys do that. Jacob did a good job of staying calm and being patient. It's called cautioned out of the match."
AU's only setback on the evening came at 141 pounds where Kyle Honeycutt pinned freshman Clarence Longley (Clearwater, Fla./Largo).
Ashland 45, Ohio Valley 6
125 – Brandon Davis (AU) wins by forfeit 6-0, AU
133 – Dan McNulty (AU) maj. dec. Josue Rodriquez (OV), 13-2 10-0, AU
141 – Kyle Honeycutt (OV) pins Clarence Longely (AU), 2:38 10-6, AU
149 – Jacob Garringer (AU) pins Luke Parsons (OV), 3:39 16-6, AU
157 – Dan Genetin (AU) tech. fall Nicco Niday (OV), 19-3 21-6, AU
165 – Jake Piatt (AU) wins by med. default Tyler George (OV) 27-6, AU
174 – Bryson Hall (AU) pins Justin Smith (OV), 3:21 33-6, AU
184 – Kurt Schaefer (AU) pins Seth Jack (OV), 1:51 39-6, AU
197 – Corby Running (AU) dec. Chase Long (OV), 7-1 42-6, AU
285 – Jacob Southwick (AU) dec. Blake Lucas (OV), 6-0 45-6, AU