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    Ashland tops Lourdes on road

    No. 3-ranked Ashland University wrestling traveled to Sylvania, Ohio, on Wednesday (Jan. 17) night and earned a 35-15 victory over Lourdes, a competitor in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

    The Eagles are now 4-4 in duals this season, two wins shy of the total they amassed in 10 duals in 2016-17. Ashland beat the Gray Wolves, 53-0, last season.

    On Wednesday, sophomore Jerry Fenner III (11-8) picked up AU's first win of the night at 133 pounds by way of an 8-3 decision, tying the match at 3.

    Ashland's 141-pound senior Bob Mason (9-3), ranked No. 9, pinned his opponent in 4:09, giving the Eagles a 9-3 lead that they'd never relinquish.

    J.J. Diven (12-5), an Eagles junior at 149 pounds, won his match 16-0 via technical fall in 3:17.

    Cameron Jenkins (3-4) and Chance Esmont (6-7), a pair of AU freshmen, were the next two victorious Eagles. Jenkins won, 16-5, by major decision at 165 pounds, and Esmont won by 17-2 technical fall in 4:45.

    No. 4-ranked 184-pound Ashland senior Jordan Murphy improved his perfect record to 10-0 this season, winning by fall in 1:33.

    Eagles redshirt freshman Tristen Weirich finished the match with a pin of his own in 2:12.

    Before finishing the season with tournaments, AU will compete in four individual duals and at the Region II Duals in Belmont, N.C. Its next competition is against No. 15 Lake Erie at Kates Gymnasium on Saturday (Jan. 20) at 7 p.m.

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