BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Three wrestlers from No. 7-ranked Ashland University went 2-0 on Friday (March 10) at Day 1 of the NCAA Division II National Championships.
The Eagles also sit in third place in the team standings with 30.5 points, one point behind second-place McKendree, 25.5 behind first-place Notre Dame and one point ahead of fourth-place Nebraska-Kearney.
Labry, ranked No. 1 at his weight class entering the tournament, won both of his matches by decision. He defeated Colorado Mesa sophomore Juaquin Olivas, 6-3, and McKendree junior NaQuan Hardy, 4-2. Labry is set to face Gannon's No. 10-ranked freshman Carmon Ciotti in the semifinals.
Murphy came into the championships ranked ninth, but after improving to 15-0 on the season, he's one of four wrestlers with a shot at the title. He beat Western State freshman Konnor Schmidt in an 11-3 major decision and Minnesota State junior Corey Abernathy in a 9-7 decision. Murphy's semifinal match will be against No. 2-ranked Nick Fiegener, a sophomore from California Baptist.
No. 3-ranked Cramer will be the third All-American for Ashland, as he overcame Mavericks freshman Matthew Blome by major decision (11-3) and Simon Fraser junior Morgan Smith by decision (5-4). Cramer will face No. 2-ranked senior Jon Inman of Fort Hays State in his semifinal match.
Freshman Bret Romanzak (165) went 0-2 in his first career appearance at the national tournament.
All of Saturday's action begins at 10 a.m., and the title matches will begin at 6 p.m.