Eagles Down No. 15 Dragons On Senior Night

Eagles Down No. 15 Dragons On Senior Night

The Ashland University wrestling team may have hit its stride at the right time, as the Eagles took down the 15th-ranked Tiffin Dragons by a 21-8 final on Senior Night in Kates Gymnasium on Friday (Feb. 12).

The Eagles recognized seven members who were part of their last home dual meet of their careers.

"This was a very emotional dual meet," said senior 197-pounder Joe Brandt. "Throughout the season we haven't been firing on all cylinders, but this was like the perfect send-off."

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Brandt, the No. 3-ranked wrestler at 197 in Division II, had to work to get the victory, as he fought back against Tiffin's Jake Cramer and clinched a decisive 9-7 decision. Brandt earned his 20th win of the season and stands with a record of 20-2.

At 125, redshirt freshman Sebastian Vidika worked out of an early 6-1 hole and managed to take a 14-9 decision over the Dragons' Giuseppe Penzone. Vidika improved to 11-7 overall and is ranked No. 3 in Super Region II.

Freshman Chandler Minnard (133), ranked fourth in Super Region II, looked dominant against Tiffin's Lawrence Blackful III, posting a 14-0 major decision. Minnard improved his record to 12-7 overall.

Redshirt junior Bobby Mason kept the momentum on the side of the Eagles at 141, defeating Travis Salyer by a narrow 3-1 decision.

At 157, senior Zeb Beam went out with a 5-4 decision over Sam Viengmany. Beam evened up his record at 11-11.

Also winning matches for the Eagles were freshman Christian Price (165) and junior Jordan Murphy (174).

The Eagles will next wrestle on Friday, Feb. 26, at the NCAA Super Region II tournament. The two-day tournament will begin at 10 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday.