Five Eagles Place at Midwest Classic, Team Finishes Fifth

Five Eagles Place at Midwest Classic, Team Finishes Fifth


The No. 11-ranked Ashland University wrestling team completed the 38th Annual Midwest Classic in fifth place out of 38 teams on Sunday (Dec. 18) in Indianapolis, Ind. Five Eagles placed at the tournament.

AU was led by 133-pound senior Michael Labry's fourth career Midwest Classic title. He is just the second wrestler in the history of the Midwest Classic to win four titles. Labry went 5-0, with two of his wins coming on the second day of the two-day tournament. He won both by decision - 8-2, 3-2.

Junior Luke Cramer had the second-best finish for Ashland, working his way through the consolation bracket to place fourth at 197 pounds. He won in a 2-0 decision on Sunday to make it to the third-place match, which he lost in a 6-4 decision.

Eagles senior Brent Fickel also placed, finishing sixth at 149. On Sunday, he advanced to the fifth-place match by winning in an 8-7 decision in the consolation semifinals. He'd go on to lose in a 3-0 decision.

The final two wrestlers to place for Ashland were sophomores Chandler Minnard (seventh at 141) and sophomore Deaken McCoy (eighth at 285). Minnard lost by tech fall in the fifth round of the consolation bracket and won the seventh-place match in a 6-4 decision.

After going 5-1 on Saturday (Dec. 17), McCoy lost both of his matches Sunday, one in a 10-3 decision and one in a 4-2 tiebreaker.

As a team, the Eagles scored 83.5 points, slotting them 27.5 points behind first-place Wisconsin Parkside and 0.5 points behind fourth-place Northern State.

UP NEXT: Ashland's next three events are all home duals at Kates Gymnasium, with the first of three coming on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. against Notre Dame College.