The seven seniors on this 2014 AU wrestling team have had long careers. Tuesday night (Feb. 12) at Kates Gymnasium, those seven helped the Eagles make short work of West Liberty.
In the final home dual of the year, the 17th-ranked Eagles defeated West Liberty, 29-15 in a match that consumed 61 minutes. Ashland is 8-7 with one dual left – a match at Mercyhurst on Thursday. West Liberty is 3-3.
The seven seniors on this year's team are Jon Beam, Ray Canale, Tyler Houska, Patrick Kovacs, Anthony Pavlich, Jake Piatt and Scott Spreng. On Tuesday, Pavlich won with a pin of Cole Nace at 141 pounds and Piatt (165) and Spreng (133) won decisions. Houska won by forfeit at 285 pounds. AU head coach Josh Hutchens put every senior in his starting lineup.
Ashland also received a pin from Brent Fickel at 149 pounds and Joe Brandt won by technical fall over Joe Congie at 197 pounds. Fickel is 25-4 and Brandt is 21-3. Brandt's ranked sixth in the nation and Fickel is sixth in the nation in falls and is 10th in the Most Dominating Wrestler statistics for Division II.
Ashland 29, West Liberty 15
125 – Zach Brown (WL) wins by forfeit 6-0, WL
133 – Scott Spreng (AU) dec.Dillon Nolte (WL), 6-2 6-3, WL
141 – Anthony Pavlich (AU) pins Cole Nace (WL), 1:40 9-6, AU
149 – Brent Fickel (AU) pins Daniel Carpenter (WL), 3:59 15-6, AU
157 – Bryan Skoff (WL) dec. Patrick Kovacs (AU), 7-1 15-9, AU
165 – Jake Piatt (AU) dec. David Schlieper (WL), 6-4 18-9, AU
174 – Eric Antesberger (WL) dec. Jon Beam (AU), 4-1 18-12, AU
184 – Danny Doyle (WL) dec. Ray Canale (AU), 8-3 18-15, AU
197 – Joe Brandt (AU) tech. fall Joe Congie, 21-8 23-15, AU
285 – Tyler Houska (AU) wins by forfeit 29-15, AU