#8 Wrestlers Suffer 29-6 Loss at #13 Ashland
01/27/12...No. 12-ranked Ashland (OH) University raced out to a 13-0 lead and won eight of the 10 bouts on its way to dealing the eighth-ranked Mountain Cat wrestlers a 29-6 road loss on Friday. Pitt-Johnstown slipped to 7-3.
Most nights, the Mountain Cats get out of the gate fast. However, on Friday, it was Ashland who won the first four matches and built a 13-0 lead.
Brandon Davis won a 5-3 decision over Dave Fogle (Summerhill, Pa.) to get things started at 125 lbs., before Adli Edwards upset third-ranked Ryan Link (133 lbs.) (Cresson, Pa.), 13-9.
The Eagles kept it going with a 1-0 decision by Clarence Longley over Tyler Chesney (Roaring Spring, Pa.) at 141 lbs., and a 14-3 major decion by seventh-ranked Marc Hoff over Nathan Link (Cresson, Pa.) in the 149-lb. bout.
Pitt-Johnstown snapped the streak at 157 lbs. when Zach Lundgren (DuBois, Pa.) defeated Dan Genetin, 3-2, to cut the deficit to 13-3, but Ashland picked up wins in the next two matches to secure the victory. At 165 lbs., Tommie Graszl won by decision over Logan Shirey (Fairmont City, Pa.), and Bryson followed with a 14-2 major decisoin over Keith Ryan (Shirleysburg, Pa.) at 174 lbs. to make it 20-3.
If the Mountain Cats had any chance of getting the win, they needed falls in the final three bouts. But it didn't happen. Eighth-ranked Gary Lantz (Delta, Pa.) scored a 6-2 win over Kurt Schaefer at 184 lbs. which turned out to be Pitt-Johnstown's final win of the night.
Ashland closed out the match with an 8-2 decision by Joe Brandt over Jon Moore (197 lbs.) (Leechburg, Pa.), before third-ranked Jacob Southwick pinned Josh Krupa (Bedford, Pa.) at 3:40 at heavyweight to set the final at 29-6.
With the victory, the Eagles raised their win streak to seven consecutive matches and improved to 8-1 on the year.
The Mountain Cats travel to Lake Erie (OH) College on Saturday, before hosting reginal rival Gannon University on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center.
#8 PITT-JOHNSTOWN AT #12 ASHLAND
ASHLAND 29 PITT-JOHNSTOWN 6
125 - Brandon Davis (AU) Decision Dave Fogle (UPJ) 5-3 3-0 AU
133 - Adli Edwards (AU) Decision #3 Ryan Link (UPJ) 13-9 6-0 AU
141 - Clarence Longley (AU) Decision Tyler Chesney (UPJ) 1-0 9-0 AU
149 - #7 Marc Hoff (AU) Major Decision Nathan Link (UPJ) 14-3 13-0 AU
157 - Zach Lundgren (UPJ) Decision Dan Genetin (AU) 3-2 13-3 AU
165 - Tommie Graszl (AU) Decision Logan Shirey (UPJ) 4-3 16-3 AU
174 - Bryson Hall (AU) Major Decision Keith Ryan (UPJ) 14-2 20-3 AU
184 - #8 Gary Lantz (UPJ) Decision Kurt Schaefer (AU) 6-2 20-6 AU
197 - Joe Brandt (AU) Decision Jon Moore (UPJ) 8-2 23-6 AU
HWT. - #3 Jacob Southwick Fall Josh Krupa (UPJ) 3:40 29-6 AU