Ashland University redshirt senior Bret Romanzak won the Findlay Open at 174 pounds on Saturday (Nov. 16).
Romanzak had to battle through regional foes all the way to the victory in his new weight class. He won easily in his first two rounds, a 6-1 decision over Notre Dame's Anthony Marra and an 18-0 decimation of Lake Erie's Brylan Clouse. In the quarterfinal, Romanzak had a tougher test, Tiffin's Hayden Bronne, but came out on top, 7-6. Romanzak wass clinical as he beat Indianapolis' Andrew Sams 4-0 in the semifinal, and earned his open win over Notre Dame's Emilio Fowler, a 6-2 decision.
Junior Carson Speelman narrowly missed winning an open for a second straight week. Speelman made it all the way to the championship at 149, but lost to Clarion's John Worthing, 12-4. To get there, he won 17-0 over Garrett Wilson of Tiffin, 6-0 against Leno Ciotti from Kent State, pinned Seton Hill's Tyler Kenney, and blew out Seton Hall's Austin Shaw in the semifinal.
Junior heavyweight Tristen Weirich finished third for the Eagles. He pinned Josh McCorkle of Bellarmine, then won a 5-0 decision to get to the semifinal. Jared Cambell of Notre Dame beat Weirich 2-0 to send him to the consolation. Weirich bounced back to finish third by beating Gaige Willis, wrestling unattached, in a 5-4 decision.
Redshirt senior Chandler Minnard finished fifth for Ashland. He won his first bout against Michigan State's Joeseph Eisho, 6-0. He then went on to win a close one over Lake Erie's Andrew Lieb in a 2-1 decision. In the fifth-place match, Minnard won 7-4 over West Liberty's Jacob Simpson.
Ashland will compete next at the Baldwin Wallace Invite on Nov. 23, beginning at 10 a.m.