It's A Clean Sweep For Eagles at Mid-Atlantic Duals

It's A Clean Sweep For Eagles at Mid-Atlantic Duals

            This has been a busy weekend for the physical plant at Ashland University. There was a home swimming meet on Friday night, followed by a home basketball doubleheader on Saturday. Then came the Second Annual Wendy's Mid-Atlantic Duals on Sunday (Jan. 15) at Kates Gymnasium.

            Extra personnel was needed for clean up. Maybe that additional manpower could have stayed home. The problem could have been solved by contacting the AU wrestling team.

            Spic and Span would like to be as effective as these Eagles, ranked 18th in the country. At the Mid-Atlantic Duals, the Eagles went 3-0 and won 34 of 38 matches. The Eagles defeated King, ranked 11th in the country, 35-4 and overpowered West Liberty, ranked 14th in the nation, 34-7. The other victory was a 49-(-1) win over Belmont Abbey.

            "They wrestled the way that we knew they could," said AU head coach Tim Dernlan, about his team, now 3-1 in dual meet action this season.  "They allowed themselves to wrestle today. There were three key areas we worked on.  We wanted to work real hard on top. We had two things we were trying to do and they did a great job.  The other thing was to score the first point in the match. We were backing up last week. This week, we were going forward."

            That's a true statement in more ways than one. Both the AU wrestlers and the coaching staff were disappointed in the way the Eagles performed 10 days ago in a 22-18 loss to Gannon.  This was Ashland's first event since that setback and it's obviously that the 10 days were used to full advantage.

            "It means we're doing the right things in the room," said senior 125-pounder Brandon Davis (Greensboro, N.C./Page) of AU's 3-0 Sunday.  "One thing we focused on after the Gannon match is our overall intensity in the room. How you wrestle in the room is how you will wrestle in the match. Beating two teams that are ranked shows we're doing the right thing. I hope we can continue to do it."

            The Eagles didn't just win on this Sunday, they got out the broom and made a clean sweep of everything in their path. Senior Jacob Southwick (Otsego, Ohio/Bowling Green), wrestling at 285 pounds, was 3-0 with a pair of pins and a 7-0 victory over West Liberty's J.D. Ramsey, who is ranked sixth in the nation.  Southwick is ranked third in the country

            "The big change was Jake Southwick," replied Dernlan, when asked for the difference from his team's last performance.  "He was a lot more confident and didn't worry about his knee or his conditioning. He got two pins and beat a guy who was sixth in the country by a wide margin."

            The Eagles had a lineup that included four freshmen. A team that sends that many rookies to the mat has to know it could be in for a wild ride. Yet this bunch of rookies keeps improving and this day, maybe took its biggest step of the season.

            "With anyone who enters a new team there's room for improvement," said Davis. "But they all have potential. Any freshman who comes here has a chance to be an All-American.  All they have to do is put in the work and ask for help."

            No one in the AU lineup needed help on this day. That might not always be the case because this is the start of a difficult stretch. Next week, AU goes to the Wisconsin-Parkside Duals and the nationally-ranked Rangers are one of the top teams in the nation. After that comes a home dual with nationally-ranked Pitt-Johnstown on Jan. 27.

            But a wrestling season is a work in progress and from the first day of practice, Dernlan's goal was to have his team hit its peak in late February and early March.  That time hasn't arrived, but his Eagles look to be on their way to doing that.

            "There are still things we need to improve on," reminded the AU head coach. "This is something to build on.  We've been inconsistent.  We're starting to solidify our lineup and that's going to give the whole team more confidence.  This will make for a nice day off."

            West Liberty was second in the tourney with King finishing third and Indianapolis fourth.  Eight teams were in the field. A year ago, AU won the title over Adams State.  Gannon's Ethan Swope, who wrestles at 149 pounds, was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.

10 a.m. Matches

Ashland 49, Belmont Abbey -1

125 – Davis (AU) wins by forfeit                                           6-0, AU

133 – Edwards (AU) wins by forfeit                                     12-0, AU

141 – Longley (AU) maj. dec. Nelson (BA), 12-1                 16-0, AU

149 – Hoff (AU) maj. dec. Saroi (BA), 14-1                         20-0, AU

157 – Genetin (AU) pins Wilkins (BA), 0:54                         26-0, AU

165 – Graszl (AU) dec. Maumoynier (BA), 5-3                     29-0, AU

174 – Hall (AU) pins Gregory (BA), 1:28                              35-0, AU

184 – Schaefer (AU) maj. dec. Bartley (BA), 10-2                39-0, AU

197 – Brandt (AU) maj. dec. Rees (BA), 10-4                       43-0, AU

285 – Southwick (AU) pins Robinson (BA), 1:19                 49-0, AU

Belmont Abbey had a point deducted at 197 for unsportsmanlike conduct

Indianapolis 24, Gannon 10

125 – Joshua Kieffer (UI) dec. Turek (GU), 19-16                3-0, UI

133 – Harris (UI) dec. Weinell (GU), 3-1                               6-0, UI

141 – Justin Kieffer (UI) dec. Bulzan (GU), 10-5                 9-0, UI

149 – Swope (GU) maj. dec. Sandefer (UI), 19-6                 9-4, UI

157 – Floor (GU) dec. Givens (UI), 7-6                                 9-7, UI

165 – Weiss (UI) dec. Greenman (GU), 5-2                           12-7, UI

174 – Terry (GU) dec. Parrish (UI), 3-1                                 12-10, UI

184 – Stevenson (UI) dec. Zelcs (GU), 5-2                            15-10, UI

197 – Kaufman (UI) dec. Boyd (GU), 6-5                             18-10, UI

285 – Wooding (UI) pins Lear (GU), 5:38                             24-10, UI

West Liberty 26, East Stroudsburg 10

125 – Jones (ES) dec. Wagstaff (WL), 3-0                            3-0, ES

133 – Davis (ES) dec. Nolte (WL), 12-6                                6-0, ES

141 – Hluschak (ES) maj. dec. Wykoff (WL), 12-1               10-0, ES

149 – Hobley (WL) tech. fall Ritchie (ES), 20-5                    10-5, ES

157 – Shaw (WL) dec. Turner (ES), 7-3                                 10-8, ES

165 – Nolan (WL) dec. Frick (ES), 6-4                                  11-10, WL

174 – Littleton (WL) dec. Vorndran (ES), 5-1                       14-10, WL

184 – Williams (WL) dec. Esposito (ES), 7-3                        17-10, WL

197 – Donley (WL) dec. Koller (ES), 6-0                              20-10, WL

285 – Ramsey (WL) pins Blaes (ES), 2:17                             26-10, WL

King 25, Seton Hill 9

125 – Trumbetta (SH) dec. J. McCabe (K), 3-0                     3-0, SH

133 – King (K) dec. Smith (SH), 7-0                                     3-3

141 – Fisher (SH) dec. Claxton (K), 5-1                                6-3, SH

149 – Stella (K) dec. Grant (SH), 4-1                                     6-6

157 – Miller (K) dec. Moranduzzo (SH), 6-1                         9-6, K

165 – Spano (K) maj. dec. McCamley (SH), 13-4                  13-6, K

174 – Bogardus (K) dec. Wagner (SH), 6-4                           16-6, K

184 – Benzio (SH) dec. Tressler (K), 6-5                               16-9, K

197 – Morgan (K) wins by forfeit                                          22-9, K

285 – Anderson (K) dec. Oswald (SH), 5-4                           25-9, K

Noon Matches

Ashland 35, King 4

125 – Davis (AU) dec. J. McCabe (K), 3-2                            3-0, AU

133 – Edwards (AU) pins King (K)                                       9-0, AU

141 – Longley (AU) dec. Bowman (K), 4-0                          12-0, AU

149 – Hoff (AU) maj. dec. Stella (K), 9-1                             16-0, AU

157 – Genetin (AU) maj. dec. Miller (K), 14-5                      20-0, AU

165 – Graszl (AU) dec. Spano (K), 4-2                                  23-0, AU

174 – Hall (AU) dec. Bogardus (K), 3-2                                26-0, AU

184 – Schaefer (AU) dec. Tressler (K), 7-2                            29-0, AU

197 – Morgan (K) maj. dec. Brandt (AU), 8-0                       29-4, AU

285 – Southwick (AU) pins Anderson (K), 1:15                    35-4, AU

West Liberty 22, Indianapolis 12

125 – Josh Kieffer (UI) maj. dec. Wagstaff (WL), 13-3        4-0, UI

133 – Harris (UI) tech. fall Nolte (WL), 15-0                                    9-0, UI

141 – Wykoff (WL) dec. Justin Kieffer (UI), 10-5                9-3, UI

149 – Hobley (WL) maj. dec. Lopez (UI), 13-1                     9-7, UI

157 – Shaw (WL) dec. Givens (UI), 10-4                              10-9, WL

165 – Nolan (WL) dec. Weiss (UI), 11-4                               13-9, WL

174 –  Littleton (WL) dec. Parrish (UI), 10-7                                    16-9, WL

184 – Stevenson (UI) dec. Williams (WL), 3-1                      16-12, WL

197 – Donley (WL) dec. Gaughan (UI), 6-0                          19-12, WL

285 – Ramsey (WL) dec. Wooding (UI), 2-0                         22-12, WL

Gannon 26, East Stroudsburg 18

125 – Turk (GU) tech. fall Jones (ES), 24-9                           5-0, GU

133 – Weinall (GU) pins Davis (ES), 5:17                             11-0, GU

141 – Hluschak (ES) pins Bulzan (GU), 0:15                         11-6, GU

149 – Swope (GU) maj. dec. Ritchie (ES), 4:42                    15-6, GU

157 – Turner (ES) dec. Brehm (GU), 3-2                               15-9, GU

165 – Frick (ES) dec. Greenman (GU), 4-3                            15-12, GU

174 – Terry (GU) dec. Vorndran (ES), 8-2                            18-12, GU

184 –  Zelcs (GU) tech. fall Esposito (ES), 15-0                    23-12, GU

197 – Boyd (GU) dec. Koller (ES), 10-3                               26-12, GU

285 – Blaes (ES) win by med, forfeit, Leer (GU)                  26-18, GU

Seton Hill 37, Belmont Abbey 7

125 – Trumbetta (SH) wins by forfeit                                                6-0, SH

133 – Smith (SH) wins by forfeit                                           12-0, SH

141 – Fisher (SH) pins Nelson (BA), 2:30                              18-0, SH

149 – Grant (SH) dec. Sgroi (BA), 9-6                                  21-0, SH

157 – Moranduzzo (SH) dec. Wilkins (BA)                           24-0, SH

165 – Maumoynier (BA) maj. dec. McCamley (SH), 14-2     24-4, SH

174 – Gregory (BA) dec. Wagner (SH), 9-2                          24-7, SH

184 – Benzio (SH) maj. dec. Bartley (BA), 12-1                   28-7, SH

197 –  Sanford (SH) wins by forfeit                                       34-7, SH

285 – Oswald (SH) dec. Robinson (BA), 5-1                                    37-7, SH

2 p.m. Matches

Ashland 34, West Liberty 7

125 – Davis (AU) dec. Wagstaff (WL), 13-2                         4-0, AU

133 –  Edwards (AU) pins Nolte (WL), 0:34                         10-0, AU

141 – Wykoff (WL) maj. dec. Longley (AU), 11-2               10-4, AU

149 – Hoff (AU) wins by med. forfeit Hobley (WL)                        16-4, AU

157 – Shaw (WL) dec. Genetin (AU), 5-2                             16-7, AU

165 – Graszl (AU) dec. Nolan (WL), 7-4                               19-7, AU

174 – Hall (AU) pins Littleton (WL), 6:59                             25-7, AU

184 – Schaefer (AU) dec. Williams (WL), 3-1                       28-7, AU

197 – Brandt (AU) dec. Donley (WL), 10-3                          31-7, AU

285 – Southwick (AU) dec. Ramsey (WL), 7-0                     34-7, AU

King 21, Indianapolis 16

125 – Josh Kieffer (UI) dec. McCabe (K), 5-2                      3-0, UI

133 – Harris (UI) dec. King (K), 7-1                                      6-0, UI

141 – Justin Kieffer (UI) maj. dec. Claxton (K), 14-4           10-0, UI

149 – Sandefer (UI) dec. Stella (K), 5-3                                13-0, UI

157 – Miller (K) pins Givens (K), 6:25                                   13-6, UI

165 – Spano (K) dec. Weiss (UI), 6-1                                    13-9, UI

174 – Bogardus (K) dec. Parrish (UI), 8-2                             13-12, UI

184 – Stevenson (UI) dec. Tressler (K), 6-0                           16-12, UI

197 – Morgan (K) pins Gaughan (UI), 1:41                           18-16, K

285 – Anderson (K) dec. Wooding (UI), 3-1                         21-16, K

Gannon 32, Seton Hill 12

125 – Trumbetta (SH) dec. Turk (GU), 7-3                            3-0, SH

133 – Weinell (GU) dec. Smith (SH), 7-3                              3-3

141 – Fisher (SH) dec. Bulzan (GU), 5-1                               6-3, SH

149 – Swope (GU) tech. fall Grant (SH), 20-5                      8-6, GU

157 – Floor (GU) pins Moranduzzo (SH), 2:40                      14-6, GU

165 – Greenman (GU) pins McCamley (SH), 2:18                20-6, GU

174 – Terry (GU) dec. Wagner (SH), 5-1                               23-6, GU

184 – Zelcs (GU) dec. Benzio (SH), 12-7                              26-6, GU

197 – Boyd (GU) wins by forfeit                                           32-6, GU

285 – Oswald (SH) wins by forfeit                                        32-12, GU

East Stroudsburg 33, Belmont Abbey 9

125 – Jones (ES) wins by forfeit                                            6-0, ES

133 – Davis (ES) wins by forfeit                                            12-0, ES

141 – Hluschak (ES) pins Nelson (BA), 5:22                         18-0, ES

149 – Ritchie (ES) pins Sgrio (BA), 2:00                               24-0, ES

157 – Turner (ES) dec. Wilkins (BA), 7-2                              27-0, ES

165 – Frick (ES) dec. Maumoynier (BA), 7-3                        30-3, ES

174 – Gregory (BA) dec. Vorndran (ES), 5-0                        30-3, ES

184 – Bartley (BA) dec. Esposito (ES), 2-1                           30-6, ES

197 – Rees (BA) dec. Koller (ES), 5-0                                   30-9, ES

285 – Blaes (ES) dec. Robinson (BA), 5-4                             33-9, ES

First Place – Ashland                          Fifth Place - Gannon

Second Place – West Liberty              Sixth Place – Seton Hill

Third Place – King                              Seventh Place – East Stroudsburg

Fourth Place – Indianapolis                Eight Place – Belmont Abbey

Outstanding Wrestling of the Tournament – Ethan Swope, Gannon (149)

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