No. 12 Eagles Top Future GLIAC Rival Davenport, 38-3

No. 12 Eagles Top Future GLIAC Rival Davenport, 38-3


The No. 12-ranked Ashland University wrestling team won its second home dual of the week on Friday (Jan. 20) night, this time topping Davenport University, 38-3.

The Eagles (4-2) took nine of 10 matches from the Panthers, who will be joining the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2017-18.

Ashland head coach Josh Hutchens said, "A lot of these matches were real close. I think this team was a little tougher. They gave us a really good battle in several weight classes."

Highlighting the dual for the Eagles was 184-pound redshirt junior Jordan Murphy's pin in 45 seconds.

"That was not the plan at all," Murphy said. "I was trying to get a good workout in. So the plan was to get a good, long, grind match in. And the plan kind of when out the window early."

Ashland redshirt sophomore Sebastian Vidika (125 pounds) earned a victory by forfeit to get the Eagles out to a 6-0 lead.

That was followed by No. 1-ranked redshirt senior Michael Labry's 20-3 win at 133 pounds in 4:42, which was ultimately the only match that resulted in a technical fall on the night.

"A lot of our guys were feeling tired," Hutchens said. "But they just kept pushing the pace. And that's what we've been asking them to do. So it's great to see that whenever they're not 100 percent, they can still keep pushing."

Eagles No. 7-ranked redshirt senior Brent Fickel (149), freshman Garrett Hall (157) and sophomore Deaken McCoy (285) all won by major decision.

Ashland redshirt freshman Bret Romanzak (165), senior Brenden Stanley (174) and sophomore Chandler Minnard (141) all won by decision.

"If we stay consistent in the practice room and consistent when it comes time for competition," Murphy said, "it doesn't matter who our opponents are. We should come out and prevail."

UP NEXT: The Eagles have a tri-meet at Lake Erie on Jan. 28, in which they'll face the Kutztown Golden Bears at 2 p.m. and the Storm at 5 p.m.