Some folks loathe confrontation. The AU wresting team appears to thrive on it.
The dual meet portion of the schedule began on Saturday (Nov. 23) for the Eagles. If Saturday is an indication of things to come, the Eagles aren't going to be intimidated by head-to-head battles.
The Eagles went 3-0 at Lake Erie on Saturday. AU stopped the host Storm, 27-15, overpowered Indianapolis, 29-15 and overwhelmed Alderson-Broaddus, 46-0.
Michael Labry, wrestling at 133 pounds, Joe Brandt, working at 197 pounds and TylerHouska, locked in at 285 pounds, all went 3-0. Houska had a pair of pins. Brandt had a pin, a major decision and won by decision. Labry's line was equal to Brandt's - a pin, major decision and a decision.
Brent Fickel, wrestling at 149 pounds, went 2-1 with a pair of pins.
Ashland had five pins against Alderson-Broaddus. Those were registered by Labry, Fickel, Brandt, Houska and Brandon O'Neil at 184 pounds. Brandt pinned Nick Nester in 24 seconds.
After last weekend's Simonson Open, AU head coach Josh Hutchens had lamented the fact that some of his wrestlers were nursing injuries. Obviously, many of those aches and pains were cured over the last seven days. Hutchens didn't go with a set lineup throughout the day, he took advantage of what he considers excellent depth. As the results show, AU didn't have a drop-off throughout the day.
Ashland is idle until wrestling at Notre Dame on Dec. 4.