The D2Wrestle.com 2016-17 preseason regional rankings were released late on Wednesday (Oct. 26), and Ashland University's wrestling team figures prominently within them.
As a team, the Eagles start as the No. 4 team in Super Region II. Indianapolis tops the region, followed by Lake Erie and Newberry.
Individually, six Ashland grapplers are regionally ranked to begin 2016-17. Seniors Michael Labry (133 pounds) and Brent Fickel (149) are at the top of their respective weight clases. Labry, a three-time All-American, returns from redshirt, while Fickel was 11-11 and earned a spot at nationals in 2015-16.
Sophomore Chandler Minnard (nationals qualifier, 16-11) is ranked second at 141, sophomore Sebastian Vidika (first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, 14-10) is fourth at 125, junior Luke Cramer (2015-16 redshirt) is fifth at 197 and redshirt freshman Bret Romanzak is eighth at 165.
Ashland will begin the season on Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Eastern Michigan Open.