The Ashland University wrestling team is ranked tied for 11th in the D2Wrestle.com 2016-17 preseason national poll that was released late on Friday (Oct. 28) night.
Three Eagle wrestlers are ranked in the top 10 nationally. Redshirt senior and three-time All-American Michael Labry is ranked second in the 133-pound class. Sophomore Chandler Minnard, a national qualifier in 2016, is ninth at 141. And redshirt senior Brent Fickel, also a national qualifier in 2016, is fourth at 149.
Ashland earned a No. 4 preseason regional ranking on Wednesday (Oct. 26), with six of its wrestlers appearing in the rankings individually. Both Labry and Fickel came in at the top of their respective weight classes.
The Eagles begin their season on Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. at the Eastern Michigan Open.