Labry On To Division II Semifinal Match Again

Labry On To Division II Semifinal Match Again

Ashland University junior Michael Labry is right at home far away from home.

Friday (March 13) on Day 1 of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo., Labry went 2-0 at 133 pounds to advance to the national semifinals. He defeated Joseph Calderone of LIU Post by an 8-4 count and took a 14-7 decision over Blake Bosch of Minnesota State Moorehead.

Labry, 41-1 on the season, will take on Dakota Bauer of Maryville in one national semi on Saturday (March 14). Labry is a two-time All-American who placed third at nationals in 2014 and fourth nationally in 2013.

Also alive for the Eagles after Day 1 is sophomore 149-pounder Brent Fickel, who lost his opening match 7-3 against Terrel Wilbourn of Lindenwood, but came back to take a 9-5 decision from Drew Schumann of Colorado Mesa and a 13-5 major decision against Seton Hill's Ty Lydic in the consolation rounds.

Fickel is 19-7 this season.

Four Eagles competed at nationals for the first time on Friday – sophomore Luke Cramer at 174 pounds (1-2), junior Zeb Beam at 157 (0-2), junior Kurt Schaefer at 184 (0-2) and sophomore Brandon O'Neill at 197 (0-2).