No. 9 Ashland Drops Dual Vs. No. 10 Findlay In Tiebreaker

No. 9 Ashland Drops Dual Vs. No. 10 Findlay In Tiebreaker


In its last home dual of the season, the No. 9-ranked Ashland University wrestling team lost, 19-18, to No. 10 Findlay in a dual that came down to tiebreaker rules.

Because the dual was tied at 18 following the 10 matches, it was decided based off of the fact that the Roughnecks earned more wins by fall than the Eagles did. It is the second year in a row that Ashland lost to Findlay in a dual that was decided by tiebreaker criteria.

"Losing to those guys in a tie two years in a row is a dagger in my heart," AU head coach Josh Hutchens said. "That's the worst thing that you can have."

Five Eagles won their individual matches. To start the night off, redshirt sophomore Sebastian Vidika won in a 7-1 decision at 125 pounds.

At 157 pounds, sophomore Colton Ullman overcame a 3-2 deficit with 45 seconds remaining to ultimately win by decision (5-3).

No. 1-ranked redshirt senior Michael Labry (133 pounds), No. 10 redshirt junior Jordan Murphy (184) and No. 11 redshirt junior Luke Cramer (197) all won by major decision.

"It's a match we should have won," Hutchens said. "We had a couple guys that went out, pushed real hard and did what they needed to do, but there were a lot of guys that didn't get it done.

"We're talented obviously, but we didn't do what we needed to do to win. When push came to shove, we didn't score enough points."

"We definitely left some points on the board and gave up a few points here and there when we shouldn't have," Labry said. "It's tough to take those losses when you have a good chance to win."

UP NEXT: The Eagles will travel to take on Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent No. 10 Tiffin on Wednesday (Feb. 8) at 7 p.m. 

"There will be more important individual matchups there than there was in this one," Hutchens said. "It will have a big impact on the seeding for the regional tournaments."