The 20th-ranked Ashland University wrestling team welcomed the No. 9-ranked Lake Erie Storm to Kates Gymnasium on Saturday night (Jan. 16).
The Eagles stood tough, but fell short in the end by a 22-15 final.
The night's most anticipated match featured Eagles senior Joe Brandt, the No. 3-ranked wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, and Evan Rosborough, the No. 8-ranked wrestler from Lake Erie College. The match was within a point until Brandt issued a takedown late in the second period that put him up 3-0 at the time, and he never looked back.
Brandt won by a 4-1 decision and improved his record to 12-2 on the season.
"Joe looked real sharp," said Ashland head coach Josh Hutchens. "He's wrestled that guy several times, that guy knows what Joe is going to do and he did a pretty good job in the first two periods, but right at the end of the second, Joe got the takedown."
Senior Zeb Beam defeated Christian Baughman at 157 by a 10-4 decision. Beam leveled his record at 8-8 on the season.
Redshirt junior Bobby Mason (141) also was victorious by a narrow 3-2 decision after getting the additional point for riding time over Joshua Davis from Lake Erie.
The Eagles now will turn their attention to top-ranked Notre Dame College. The Eagles will be in South Euclid, Ohio, on Wednesday (Jan. 20) to take on the Falcons. The dual will begin at 7 p.m.
Coach Hutchens Post-Match