Ashland, OH - The University of Findlay wrestling team, ranked tenth in the nation, was victorious on Friday, Feb. 3 in Kates Gymnasium on the campus of Ashland University. After the ten matches had been finished, the score was tied at 18-18 and the Roughnecks claimed the win iver the ninth-ranked Eagles by virtue of a tiebreak scenario in which Findlay earned more six-point wins.
Down 7-0 after the 125 and 133 pound matches, sophomore Josh Wimer picked up the first win, taking down Chandler Minnard, ranked #12 in the country at 141 pounds, by a score of 6-1.
Findlay then jumped ahead on the scoreboard when senior Nick Goebel, the top ranked wrestler in the country at 149 pounds, pinned Ashland's Brent Fickel, ranked fourth in the nation, in 4:45. That win gave the Roughnecks a 9-7 advantage. Goebel remains undefeated on the year at 15-0.
Sophomore Alonzo Turner picked up the next win for the Orange and Black at 165 pounds. He won a tightly contested bout with J.J. Diven by a score of 6-5 to give the Roughnecks a 12-10 advantage.
At 174 pounds, senior Bradley Metz, ranked fifth in the nation, won his battle with Brenden Stanley 7-1. Metz improves his season record wot 22-6.
Down 18-15 heading into the final matchup, freshman Mimmo Lytle needed to win to give the Roughnecks the victory for the evening. He battled Tyler Shank to a 1-0 final, making the score 18-18. Findlay would earn the victory because the only six-point win, Goebels pin at 149, belonged to the Orange and Black.
Findlay is home to take on #12 Lake Erie College tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 4 in Croy Gymnasium. The match begins at 7:00pm and features multiple nationally ranked matchups, highlighted by the match at 149 pounds which pits #1 Nick Goebel against #2 Nick Boggs.