The No. 11-ranked Ashland University wrestling team is in the hunt after Day 1 of the 38th Annual Midwest Classic on Saturday (Dec. 17) in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Eagles finished the first day with 61 team points, within striking distance of first-place Pitt-Johnstown (66.5), second-place Maryville (64), the third-place host Greyhounds (62) and fourth-place Wisconsin-Parkside (61.5).
Ashland was in the team lead for part of the day on Saturday.
Senior 133-pounder Michael Labry, in his pursuit of a fourth Midwest Classic championship, is still alive for that milestone. Labry went 3-0 on Saturday, earning two major decisions and a regular decision on the way to Sunday's (Dec. 18) semifinals appearance.
Labry, Ashland wrestling's all-time wins leader, goes into the semis at 19-1 on the 2016-17 campaign.
Three Eagles – senior Brent Fickel at 149 pounds, junior Luke Cramer at 197 and sophomore Chandler Minnard at 141 – got to the quarterfinals before losing, then rebounded in the consolation round. Fickel was 3-1 on Saturday thanks to two pins and a major decision, Cramer was 3-1 with a pin, a major decision and a regular decision and Minnard was 3-1 with a two decisions and a major decision.
Ashland sophomore Deaken McCoy (285) also is on to Sunday after going 5-1 on Saturday, including a 4-0 run in the consolation round. Included in McCoy's wins were two pins and three decisions.
Also competing for the Eagles in Indy were sophomore 125-pounder Sebastian Vidika (3-2), sophomore 157-pounder Colton Ullman (2-2), freshman 165-pounder Bret Romanzak (2-2), senior 174-pounder Brenden Stanley (1-2) and junior 184-pounder Jordan Murphy (1-0 before two medical forfeits).
UP NEXT: The second and final day of the 2016 Midwest Classic on Sunday at 10 a.m.