Ashland cruises by No. 10 Mercyhurst
No. 12 Eagles win first eight bouts of match en route to easy win
ERIE, Pa. -- No. 12 Ashland won the first eight bouts of the match and knocked off No. 10 Mercyhurst 31-7 on Friday night. The victory was Ashland's eighth consecutive in dual meet action and gives the Eagles a 9-1 mark heading into Sunday's GLIAC Championships at Kates Gymnasium.
The win marks Ashland's sixth against a team ranked in the top 20. Ashland also has wins against No. 8 Pitt-Johnstown, No. 11 Wisconsin-Parkside, No. 14 West Liberty, No. 16 King and Minnesota State-Mankato (who has since fallen out of the rankings).
The Eagles started Friday's action with a 3-0 win at 125 pounds by senior Brandon Davis against Ryan Bohince. Adli Edwards followed with a 3-0 win against Kody Young and Ashland led 6-0 early.
The Lakers failed to score a point in the next two engagements. At 141 pounds, Clarence Longley stopped Jeremy Landowski 3-0. At 149 pounds, Marc Hoff shut out Michael Griffth 3-0. At 157 pounds, Dan Genetin let the Lakers score, but he rolled to a major decision, getting the better of Anthony D'Urso 12-4.
The Genetin win was one of three instances where the Eagles would earn bonus points. The Eagles got pins from a pair of freshmen -- Bryson Hall at 174 and Kurt Schaefer at 184. Hall is second on the team in pins with seven and Schaefer is third with six.
The Schaefer pin gave the Eagles a 31-0 lead. Mercyhurst rallied to win at 197 and 285 pounds, but by that point, Ashland had the match firmly under control. At 285 pounds, MC's Fred Hale, ranked eighth in the nation, stopped Jacob Southwick 3-0.