The Ashland University wrestlers continued strong momentum from Day 1 of the Midwest Classic into Day 2 on Sunday (Dec. 20).
The 19th-ranked Eagles capped off the two-day tournament tied for eighth place in a 31-team field. Ashland finished with 63.5 points, tied with the University of Findlay. Maryville won the event with 121.5 points.
At 125 pounds, redshirt freshman Sebastian Vidika advanced through the consolation rounds all the way to the semifinals, where fell in a 5-1 decision to Mitch Pawlak of Indiana Institute of Technology. Vidika finished the Midwest Classic 6-2 overall, bowing out in fourth place.
Freshman Chandler Minnard (133) lost his opening-round match (tech fall 18-3) on Saturday (Dec. 19) to Jake Sinkovics from the University of Cumberlands. Minnard then reeled off five straight victories in the consolation rounds capped off with a 5-3 decision over Derrick Nelson (Coker College). Minnard finished the tournament in sixth place.
Junior Brent Fickel placed eighth at 149 with a 2-2 record. Fickel made it to the quarterfinal round before getting knocked down to the consolation bracket. In consolation round four, Fickel defeated Neal Molloy of Indianapolis (fall 4:43), before falling in consolation round five.
Senior Zeb Beam tallied a sixth-place finish at 157. In the championship quarterfinal round, Beam narrowly defeated Campbellsville's Kyle Terry by a 7-5 decision in sudden victory. Beam fell in the semifinal round and consolation semis to finish out his weekend.
In his Eagle debut, Jordan Murphy won his first three rounds of competition at 174. In the championship quarterfinals, Murphy was taken down by an 8-6 decision against Western State's Austin Harris. Murphy finished in sixth place.
The Eagles will return home on Saturday, Jan. 2 for the Wendy's Duals. The one-day event will kick off at 10 a.m.