Purdue, Northern Illinois Invade Kates Gymnasium on Sunday

Purdue, Northern Illinois Invade Kates Gymnasium on Sunday

Ashland University will host the Wendy's Duals this Sunday (Jan. 19) at Kates Gymnasium. As usual, this event will bring several NCAA Division I visitors to town.

Northern Illinois and Purdue will provide the competition for AU this year. Ashland will wrestle Northern Illinois at noon. At 1:30 p.m., Purdue and Northern Illinois will battle. The final dual of the day pits the Eagles and Boilermakers at 3 p.m.

AU has not wrestled a Division I foe this year. The Eagles are 0-2 all-time against Northern Illinois and 0-6 against Purdue.

The Eagles are ranked 17th in the country. Ashland hasn't wrestled since losing to Pitt-Johnstown, 21-15 on Jan. 10.

Two AU wrestlers - Michael Labry at 133 pounds and Bryson Hall at 184 pounds - are ranked third in the country. Labry is 23-2 and Hall is 14-0. Joe Brandt is 18-2 and ranked sixth in the country at 197 pounds, but may not wrestle this weekend due to injury.

Purdue is 3-4, 0-4 in the Big Ten. Northern Illinois is 4-6 and wrestles on Friday night at Eastern Michigan.

After the Duals, AU has one regular-season match left at Kates Gymnasium. That's a date with West Liberty on Feb. 11 (7 p.m.).