The 2018-19 season got off to a strong start for Ashland University's wrestling team, as the Eagles went 4-0 on Friday (Nov. 2) at the Kent State Duals, capped off by a victory against the host Golden Flashes.
A 21-14 decision over the hosts was keyed by six straight victories – 4-1 by freshman Luke Wymer at 133 pounds, 6-2 by junior Chandler Minnard at 141, 10-4 by sophomore Carson Speelman at 149, a pin by sophomore Chance Esmont at 157, 6-4 by junior Bret Romanzak at 165, and 5-1 by junior Christian Price at 174.
The Eagles earned the right to face the Golden Flashes by recording wins on Friday vs. Lindsey Wilson (25-12), Kent State Tuscarawas (51-0) and Otterbein (33-11). Lindsey Wilson is the No. 8-ranked team in NAIA.
Romanzak, the defending NCAA Division II national champion at 165 pounds, started the new season at 3-0 with a pin and a major decision, while Price went 4-0 with a pair of technical falls. Wymer and senior Danny Morell each were 2-0 at 133, junior Trae Coopwood was 2-0 at 141, Speelman was 2-0 at 149, and Esmont and sophomore Cody Woods each were 2-0 at 157.
Ashland will open the home portion of its 2018-19 schedule on Thursday (Nov. 8) at 7 p.m. at Kates Gymnasium vs. Lourdes. That will be the Eagles' lone first-semester home dual.