No. 10 Ashland Rallies Past WLU Wrestlers

December 8, 2017

ASHLAND, Ohio The West Liberty University wrestling team led No. 10 Ashland midway through Friday night's match only to see the host Eagles come from behind for a 24-13 victory.

Coach Mitch Smith's youthful Hilltoppers got off to a strong start under the Kates Gym spotlight as freshman Corey Secrist outlasted Ashland's Sebastian Vidika, 11-10, in a crowd-pleasing 125-pound bout.

Darius Bunch, WLU's impressive sophomore 133-pounder, followed that up with a dominant 10-1 major decision against the Eagles' Jerry Fenner and the Hilltoppers had a 7-0 edge on the scoreboard.

In a key sequence, Ashland pulled out a pair of narrow wins at 141 and 149 to pull within a point at 7-6 before West Liberty's Josh Cornell rolled to a 10-4 win against Garrett Hall at 157 for a 10-6 Hilltopper lead at the break.

Momentum switched sides during intermission as the Eagles' two nationally-ranked wrestlers - 165-pounder Bret Romanzak and 174-pounder Christian Price - notched back-to-back falls to give AU an 18-10 lead heading into the final three matches of the evening.

Chris Cook kept the Black and Gold hopes alive with a 3-1 win against Treyvon Terry at 184 but Ashland earned decisions at 197 and 285 to close out the match.

The West Liberty wrestlers close out the pre-holiday portion of their schedule on Dec. 16 when they travel to Indianapolis for the annual Midwest Classic.

No. 10 Ashland 24, West Liberty 13
125: Corey Secrist (WL) d. Sebastian Vidika, 11-10
133: Darius Bunch (WL) md. Jerry Fenner, 10-1
141: Carson Speelman (AU) d. Josh Ridgeway, 3-1
149: Dustin Marteney (AU) d. Tanner Sutton, 2-1
157: Josh Cornell (WL) d. Garrett Hall, 10-4
165: Bret Romanzak (AU) p. Jacob Ramsey, 3:56
174: Christian Price (AU) p. Chase Morgan, 1:55
184: Chris Cook (WL) d. Trevyon Terry, 3-1
197: Luke Cramer (AU) d. Logan Kemp, 4-2
285: Tristen Weirich (AU) d. Ronnie D'Amico, 10-4

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