Seven AU Grapplers Win At Baldwin Wallace

Seven AU Grapplers Win At Baldwin Wallace

There was plenty of winning to go around for Ashland University's wrestling team at the Baldwin Wallace Invite on Saturday (Nov. 23).

Seven Eagles earned the top spot on the day, as redshirt junior Christian Wellman, redshirt senior Chandler Minnard, junior Carson Speelman, redshirt senior Bret Romanzak, junior Aidan Pasiuk, redshirt sophomore Peter Abraham, and junior Tristen Weirich all won their weight class.

Wellman was dominant throughout his march to the top spot at 125 pounds. He pinned his first opponent of the day, then won by 12-0 major decision in Round 2. Wellman won 17-1 in the semifinal over Case Western Reserve's Adam Kates. In the final, Wellman bested Baldwin Wallace's Jack Stanley, 5-3.

Minnard was also clinical throughout the day as he won the 141-pound class. He won his first two rounds, 18-0, and beat West Liberty's Jacob Simpson 3-0 in the semifinal. Minnard won his final bout, 5-3, against Baldwin Wallace's Charles Nash.

Speelman was the best wrestler at 149 pounds. He pinned his first two opponents and continued crushing his opposition all the way through the final. Speelman won 22-4 in the quarters, 14-2 in the semis, and 14-0 in the finals.

Romanzak won at 174 pounds for the second straight weekend. He pinned his way to victory in the first round, then won the next two rounds by tech fall, 21-6 and 16-1 respectively. Romazak won the final by medical forfeit over teammate, sophomore Daniel Beemer. Beemer finished second at 174, as he won by pin and a 16-6 major decision before the final round.

Pasiuk pinned his way to the finals at 184 pounds. He won an offensive bout against Lucas Salmon of Baldwin Wallace, 15-14, to take first place.

At 197, Abraham earned first place for the Eagles. He had pins in the first two rounds. Abraham won his semifinal match against Doug Byrne from Baldwin Wallace, 5-3. In the finals, Abraham won by sudden victory, 4-2, over Baldwin Wallace's Zeckary Lehman.

Weirich was the best heavyweight, as he took first place. He pinned his first two opponents, then won by decision, 5-2 and 9-4, in his next two rounds. In the final, Weirich pinned Parker Meaney of Baldwin Wallace to win it all.

Redshirt freshman Joshua Jaeckin just missed winning at 157 pounds. Jaeckin pinned his opponent in the first round, then won 18-4 in the next. In the quarterfinal, he pinned his opponent again and won by an 8-4 decision in the semifinal. In the finals, Jaeckin was bested by Stanley Bleich from Baldwin Wallace.

The Eagles will compete next at home against No. 1 Pitt-Johnstown on Saturday (Dec. 7) at 3 p.m.