Brandt Advances To Day 2 Of NCAA Championships

Brandt Advances To Day 2 Of NCAA Championships

The Ashland University wrestling team had one wrestler make it to Day 2 (Saturday, March 12) following Day 1 of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Friday (March 11).

Senior All-American Joe Brandt (197 pounds) lost his opening-round match-up against Kutztown's Brandon Clark (TB-1, 3-2), putting Brandt in the consolation bracket. Brandt then wrestled his way through two consolation rounds to make it to Day 2.

Brandt will next wrestle Ryan Parmely of Upper Iowa (14-11 record) on Saturday in the consolation quarterfinals.

Junior Brandon O'Neill also lost in the opening round to Aero Amos of Augustana (S.D.) by a 3-2 decision. O'Neill then took down Cody Spinks of Alderson Broaddus, pinning him in 4:54. In the second consolation round, O'Neill lost to Nick Burghart of Maryville in a technical fall.

Freshman Chandler Minnard (133), junor Bobby Mason (141), junior Brent Fickel (149) and junior Jordan Murphy (174) had their seasons end on Friday (March 11) after losing twice in the championships.