Ashland University's wrestling team took care of business at home on Saturday (Jan. 26) night, beating Findlay's Roughnecks, 25-16, on a night where the Eagles' national champions and seniors were honored.
Before the dual, Ashland honored its seven past national champions – Jim Guizzotti, Jeff Freedman, Jeff Esmont, Corey Kline, Michael Labry, Luke Cramer, and redshirt junior Bret Romanzak.
"It was great having all of them back, seeing them all again, and the atmosphere was definitely great," said Ashland head wrestling coach Josh Hutchens.
The Eagle grapplers won six duals on the night, two coming by forfeit.
"Overall, it was a tough match, but the guys came through in the end to get the win," said Hutchens. "It's good to finally get one after three close years."
Redshirt freshman Bryce Davis opened up strong for Ashland with a 3-1 win at 125 pounds. Davis got the lead and was able to defend and maintain his advantage to earn the three points for the Eagles.
Freshman Luke Wymer won at 133 pounds in a 5-4 decision. Wymer was down early and made a late comeback to best Findlay's Michael Stewart, and win what became a crucial point swing in the dual.
"Wymer came back, tough situation as he was aggressive, but got caught with a takedown and didn't get the escape and that really put him down," said Hutchens. "He came back hard and locked up a throw and tossed a guy to his back. That was great, we've been waiting to see that out of him all year, but he finally got it and got the win.
"That was pretty much the deciding match there."
Romanzak was dominant in his 12-0 victory at 165 pounds. From the first period, he went on the offensive, not giving his opponent, Justin West, and opening to strike, and finished on his opportunities to rack up 12 points.
"Bret looked good as usual. He does his thing, but he got back after being out a little bit and just tried to get back in the rhythm of things," said Hutchens. "It was a good match for that."
Redshirt freshman Peter Abraham also earned a one-sided victory at 197 pounds, a 7-0 decision. Abraham put the dual one ice, as the Eagles would take a 19-16 lead following his victory, heading into a forfeit victory for redshirt sophomore Tristen Weirich at 285 pounds.
Redshirt junior Christian Price also won by forfeit at 174 pounds.
Ashland's grapplers will hit the mat again on Friday (Feb. 8) at Lake Erie College at 7 p.m.