Ashland Holds Off Toppers

February 11, 2014

ASHLAND, Ohio No. 17-ranked Ashland notched back-to-back pins at 141 and 149 to take the lead for good Tuesday night and went on to hand the West Liberty University wrestling team a 29-15 setback at Kates Gymnasium.

Coach Brian Davis's Hilltoppers (4-3) had taken an early 6-3 lead on the strength of a forfeit at 125 but the Eagles (8-7) bounced back with a first-period fall from 141-pounder Anthony Pavlich and a second-period pin by Brent Fickel at 149 to take a 15-6 lead.

West Liberty kept things interesting by winning three of the next four matches. Decisions by Bryan Skoff (157), Eric Antesberger (174) and Danny Doyle (184) trimmed the deficit to 18-15 but Ashland's Joe Brandt locked things up with a technical fall at 197. The Hilltoppers then surrendered a forfeit at 285 to conclude the scoring.

West Liberty returns home to host Gannon Friday night at 7 p.m. in the ASRC.

No. 17 Ashland 29, West Liberty 15
125: Zach Brown (WLU) won by forfeit
133: Scott Spreng (Ash) d. Dillon Nolte, 6-2
141: Anthony Pavlich (Ash) p. Cole Nace, 1:40
149: Brent Fickel (Ash) p. Daniel Carpenter, 3::59
157: Bryan Skoff (WLU) d. Patrick Kovacs, 7-1
165: Jake Piatt (Ash) d. David Schlieper, 6-4
174: Eric Antesberger (WLU) d. Jon Beam, 4-1
184: Danny Doyle (WLU) d. Ray Canale, 8-3
197: Joe Brandt (Ash) tf. Joe Congie, 21-8
285: Tyler Houska (Ash) won by forfeit

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