Lake Erie College Painesville, Ohio

Lake Erie to Host Annual “Youth Wrestling Night” Wednesday Jan. 23 Against Gannon
 
PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College wrestling team will host its annual “Youth Wrestling Night” when the Storm returns to the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center on Wednesday, Jan. 23, to host nonconference rival Gannon University at 7 p.m.
 
All area youth, middle school and high school wrestlers, along with parents and coaches are invited to attend and take part in the event and be guests of the Storm as they take on the Golden Knights.  Admission will be free for youth, middle school and high school wrestlers and their coaches.  The match will also be streamed live online at www.LakeErieStorm.com.
 
“We had a nice crowd last year when we held this event for the first time, and we hope to really see our numbers grow this year, said Lake Erie head coach Kevin Hoogenboom. “This is a great way for us to recognize the hard work by all of the young wrestlers in the area and for them to see our team in action and get to learn a little bit about what we do here at Lake Erie College.”
 
Last year the Storm upset 13th-ranked West Liberty University, 25-12, on Youth Night.  This season, Lake Erie is 8-3 overall and defeated 18th-ranked Ashland University 27-17 on Tuesday night, Jan. 15. The Storm also received votes in the most recent NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association national poll.
 
For more information about Youth Wrestling Night and to register your team for the event, please contact Kevin Hoogenboom at khoogenboom@lec.edu.

McVicker’s Pin Ignites Storm to 27-17 Upset at #18 Ashland


ASHLAND, OHIO – Down three starters and trailing by five points with three matches to go, the Lake Erie College wrestling team got a late spark to get two pins and a decision to upset 18th-ranked Ashland University Tuesday night at Kates Gymnasium, 27-17.


Trailing 17-12, junior Tom McVicker (South Fork, Pa./Forest Hills/Penn Highlands), wrestling in just his third dual match at 141 pounds this season, pinned Daniel McNulty just 43 seconds into their match. That moved to be the match the swung the team scoring, as Lake Erie (8-3, 1-1 GLIAC) took an 18-12 lead it would not relinquish.


Sophomore Nate Ball (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) followed with a 7-1 decision victory over Jacob Garringer at 149 pounds and junior Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) ended the night by overwhelming Michael Hummer for a pin at 2:25 of the first round, putting an exclamation point on the Storm’s second win over a ranked team this season.


The Storm jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two matches. Sophomore 165-pound All-American Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) pinned Randall Perkins midway through the second period to record his 12th consecutive win. Classmate Dylan Zivcic (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) followed with a 6-1 decision over Jake Piatt at 174 pounds.


Ashland (6-3, 0-1 GLIAC) closed in as Bryson Hall edged junior Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville), 3-2, at 184 pounds and Brandon O’Neill followed with a major decision against Devin Smith (Salem, Va./Salem) at 197 to make it a 9-7 score.


Almonte Patrick (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) got the Storm back into the win column, just missing out on a major decision but earning a 7-0 victory at heavyweight over Kurt Schaefer.


The lead would be short-lived, however, as Max Byrd broke a 3-3 tie with sophomore Mike November (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga) with a quick takedown and pin to put the Eagles up 13-12. Fourth-ranked Michael Labry remained perfect on the season with a 12-4 major decision over sophomore Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) that made the score 17-12.


The eight dual victories for Lake Erie already match the Storm’s school record total set last season.


The Storm has a week off until hosting Gannon University on Wednesday night, Jan. 23, for the annual Youth Wresting Night at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center in Painesville.

Lake Erie College 27, #18 Ashland University 17
Kates Gymnasium | Ashland, Ohio

125: Max Byrd (AU) pinned Mike November (LEC),
133: Michael Labry (AU) maj. dec. Austin Gillihan (LEC), 12-4
141: Tom McVicker (LEC) pinned Daniel McNulty (AU), 0:43
149: Nate Ball (LEC) dec. Jacob Garringer (AU), 7-1
157: Zak Vargo (LEC) pinned Michael Hummer (AU), 2:25
165: Matt Vandermeer (LEC) pinned Randall Perkins (AU), 4:20
174: Dylan Zivcic (LEC) dec. Jake Piatt (AU), 6-1
184: Bryson Hall (AU) dec. Zev Green (LEC), 3-2
197: Brandon O’Neill (AU) maj. dec. Devin Smith, 14-6
285: Almonte Patrick (LEC) dec. Kurt Schaefer (AU), 7-0


Lake Erie- Vandermeer Wins Second Straight Tournament, LEC Places 13 at Second Annual Storm Open

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Sophomore All-American Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) won his second straight tournament and a total of 13 Lake Erie College wrestlers placed to highlight the team's performance at the Second Annual Storm Open on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.

Vandermeer went 4-0 for the second straight meet, winning all his matches by decision to win the 165-pound weight class. He also ran his individual win streak to nine straight matches and eight-of-nine overall. He is currently ranked third nationally at his weight by the Division II Coaches Association.

Nine other Storm grapplers reached at least the semifinals of the championship bracket.

Sophomore Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area), freshman Christian Baughman (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth), sophomore Jon Schafer (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel), junior Justin Cheesman (Mansfield, Ohio/Crestview/Ashland) and freshman Almonte Patrick (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) all earned fourth-place finishes on the day.

Gillihan picked up three wins in the 133-pound bracket, winning by way of decision, pin and technical fall.

Sophomore Ian Ross (Newark, N.Y./Newark) , junior Josh Linden (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) and sophomore Bobby Zappitelli (Painesville Twp., Ohio/Lake Catholic) each place fifth at 125 pounds, 184 pounds and heavyweight, respectively.

Ross and Zappitelli also each won three matches, joining Gillihan and Vandermeer as the winningest wrestlers on the day for the Green and White.

Four others placed sixth in their respective weight classes.

The Storm, who received votes in this week's national coaches' poll for the first time, return to dual meet action next weekend, traveling to perennial national power and 12th-ranked University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Friday, Jan. 11.

Storm Open - 125
1st Place Match - Alex Johns (Indianapolis) won by decision over Jarred Brooks (Notre Dame (Ohio)) (Dec 2-0)
3rd Place Match - Johnny Papesh (Notre Dame (Ohio)) won by major decision over Matthew Turek (Gannon) (Maj 13-3)
5th Place Match - Ian Ross (Lake Erie College) won by pin over Kris McKinley (Indiana Tech) (Pin 9:00)

Storm Open - 133
1st Place Match - Marty Carlson (Notre Dame (Ohio)) won by pin over Jose Matos (Gannon) (Pin 1:37)
3rd Place Match - Tony Ayres (Notre Dame (Ohio)) won by medical forfeit over Austin Gillihan (Lake Erie College) (MFF)
5th Place Match - Brett Yarbrough (Indiana Tech) won by pin over Mike Manuche (Ohio State) (Pin 1:19)

Storm Open - 141
1st Place Match - Randy Languis (Ohio State) won by decision over Mo Miller (Notre Dame (Ohio)) (Dec 5-3)
3rd Place Match - James Jenkins (Notre Dame (Ohio)) won by decision over Justin Kieffer (Indianapolis) (Dec 4-2)
5th Place Match - Zachary Reges (Gannon) won by major decision over Lawrence Blackful (Tiffin University) (Maj 11-3)

Storm Open - 149
1st Place Match - Ian Paddock (Ohio State) won by tech fall over Cameryn Brady (Indianapolis) (TF 15-0)
3rd Place Match - Jeremy Landowski (Mercyhurst) won by pin over Andrew Ermatinger (Michigan State) (Pin 5:50)
5th Place Match - Eric Wolfe (Notre Dame (Ohio)) won by forfeit over Jarrod Boone (Ohio State) (FF)

Storm Open - 157
1st Place Match - Louden Gordon (Notre Dame (Ohio)) won by forfeit over Jake Patacsil (Ptax Awesome Club (PAC)) (FF)
3rd Place Match - Tj Fox (Ohio) won by pin over Christian Baughman (Lake Erie College) (Pin 1:55)
5th Place Match - Ryan Watts (Michigan State) won by forfeit over Zach Vargo (Lake Erie College) (FF)

Storm Open - 165
1st Place Match - Matt Vandermeer (Lake Erie College) won by decision over Jeff Weiss (Indianapolis) (Dec 6-2)
3rd Place Match - Francis Mizia (Mercyhurst) won in sudden victory - 1 over Kafuba Donzon (Unattached) (SV-1 6-4)
5th Place Match - Chris Nevinger (Buffalo) won by medical forfeit over Tony Burge (Notre Dame (Ohio)) (MFF)

Storm Open - 174
1st Place Match - Eric Burgey (Notre Dame (Ohio)) won by decision over Shelby Mappes (Indianapolis) (Dec 4-2)
3rd Place Match - Justin Lozano (Buffalo) won by pin over August Mizia (Mercyhurst) (Pin 1:35)
5th Place Match - Matt O`Hara (Ohio State) won by decision over Jared Merritt (Lake Erie College) (Dec 6-0)

Storm Open - 184
1st Place Match - Jake Waste (Buffalo) won by medical forfeit over Charles Mason (Notre Dame (Ohio)) (MFF)
3rd Place Match - Andrew Wood (Gannon) won by decision over John Schafer (Lake Erie College) (Dec 7-0)
5th Place Match - Josh Linden (Lake Erie College) won by forfeit over Zack Zelcs (Gannon) (FF)

Storm Open - 197
1st Place Match - Nick McDiarmid (Michigan State) won by decision over Michael Pollard (Mercyhurst) (Dec 6-0)
3rd Place Match - Brandonn Johnson (Notre Dame (Ohio)) won by pin over Justin Cheeseman (Lake Erie College) (Pin 4:01)
5th Place Match - Devin Smith (Lake Erie College) and Chavez Ferris (Lake Erie College) (DFF)

Storm Open - 285
1st Place Match - Nick Tavanello (Ohio State) won by decision over Kosta Karageorge (Ohio State) (Dec 3-2)
3rd Place Match - Evan Wooding (Indianapolis) won by decision over Almonte Patrick (Lake Erie College) (Dec 9-6)
5th Place Match - Robert Zappitelli (Lake Erie College) won by pin over Maisen Hill (Indiana Tech) (Pin 0:58)

Lake Erie College Wrestling Update

NCAA Division II Wrestling - Storm Rallies for 23-13 Win Over Seton Hill Saturday Night at Home

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Trailing 13-11 seven matches in, the Lake Erie College wrestling team rallied to win the final three contests of the night en route to a 23-13 victory over Seton Hill University on Saturday night (Dec. 1) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.

Junior 184-pounder Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) started the rally with a 5-2 decision over Dylan Bushby in a tough match that left both wrestlers bloodied and battered. Redshirt sophomore Mikey Samijlenko (Parma, Ohio/Normandy) followed with a 3-0 win over Edwin Callendar at 197 pounds, picking up a first-round takedown and then holding his opponent at bay the rest of the match.

Freshman Almonte Patrick (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) put an exclamation point on the night with a pin of Eric Minerd 52 seconds into their heavyweight bout to seal the win for the Storm (3-1). It was Patrick's first appearance this season in the Storm lineup.

The Griffins (2-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the opening bout of the night, a 4-3 victory by Steve Smith over sophomore Ian Ross (Newark, N.Y./Newark) in triple overtime. Sophomore Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) got Lake Erie on the scoreboard with a major decision at 133 pounds, defeating Mike Grant 11-2 on the strength of back-to-back near falls late in the second period.

Seton Hill scored one-point victories at both 141 (6-5) and 149 (8-7) pounds to go up 9-4 before junior Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) earned a 13-5 major decision over Adam Moranduzzo at 157 pounds.

Sophomore All-American Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) followed with a 3-0 win over Brett Smith at 165 pounds to put Lake Erie back on top at 11-9. The 174-pound match went to Seton Hill's Zach Benzio by major decision, 13-4, which put the Griffins up by the aforementioned 13-11 score.

Green earned his 10th overall win of the season, while Gillihan Vandermeer and Samijlenko each earned win number eight on the year. Patrick ran his record to 7-1 while Vargo improved to 4-2 after missing two weeks of action.

The Storm head south next weekend for the annual Newberry College Duals on Sautrday, Dec. 8.

Lake Erie 23, Seton Hill 13 
Nov. 17, 2012 | Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center (Painesville, Ohio)
Attendance: 211
125: Steve Smith (SHU) dec. Ian Ross (LEC), 4-3 (3OT)
133:  Austin Gillihan (LEC) maj. dec. Mike Grant (SHU), 11-2
141:  A.J. Fisher (SHU) dec. Cobey Fehr (LEC), 6-5
149:  Nick Nichols (SHU) dec. Nate Ball (LEC), 8-7
157:  Zak Vargo (LEC) maj. dec. Adam Moranduzzo (SHU), 13-5
165:  Matt Vandermeer (LEC) dec. Brett Smith (SHU), 3-0
174:  Zach Benzio (SHU) maj. dec. Dylan Zivcic (SHU), 13-4
184:  Zev Green (LEC) dec. Dylan Bushby (SHU), 5-2
197:  Mikey Samijlenko (LEC) dec. Edwin Callendar (SHU), 3-0
Hwt: Almonte Patrick (LEC) pinned Eric Minerd (SHU), 0:52
Exhibition Matches
133: Levi Catalfu (SHU) dec. Mike November (LEC), 11-6
157: Gus Mohlhenrich (SHU) maj. dec. Jacob Brown (LEC), 8-0

Lake Erie Wrestling Signs Local State Qualifier Evan Rosborough

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - The Lake Erie College wrestling team added its first recruit of the fall signing period on Tuesday (Nov. 20) as Evan Rosborough (Concord, Ohio/Riverside) signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for the Storm beginning with the 2013-14 season.

"We are very excited to welcome Evan to our program as he really fits the kind of student-athlete we are looking for here at Lake Erie," said head coach Kevin Hoogenboom. "Evan brings a strong passion for the sport and has achieved great success as a wrestler, but we feel that he will continue to improve and be a big part of our future success."

Rosborough is a two-tome state qualifier, including a fourth-place finish at 171-pounds last season as a junior. He enters his senior season ranked at the top of the Ohio High School wrestling rankings at 220 pounds.

He has also competed at the Junior National Championships, the Ohio Junior Duals and was part of the Lake County Storm All-Stars that competed in Florida last summer. Rosborough, who had offers from several Division I schools before signing with Lake Erie, will likely compete at 197 pounds in college.

"Evan has extremely good mat skills and possesses a good top game, which translates well to college wrestling," Hoogenboom added. "He is a big, athletic upper weight who can wrestle in all positions. We feel that he will be a big contributor for us in the future."

Lake Erie- Storm Take Two-of-Three at Home Quad

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - The Lake Erie College wrestling team opened the home portion of its schedule by taking two of its three matches Saturday (Nov. 17) at the Lake Erie Quad I held at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.

After dropping their opening match to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) rival Tiffin Unversity, 22-16, the Storm (2-1, 0-1 GLIAC) bounced back with nonconference wins over

Waynesburg University (30-7) and York College (19-18).

Tiffin opened the morning session with decision victories at 125 and 133 pounds before the Storm won four straight matches to take a 16-6 lead. Freshman Cobey Fehr (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) and sophomore Nate Ball (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) earned back-to-back decision victories at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively. Freshman Christan Baughman (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) pinned Zach Teill early in the second period at 157 pounds and sophomore All-American 165-pounder Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) picked up a 9-1 major decision over Trevor Kickolai.

But the Dragons (4-3, 1-0 GLIAC) came back and took the final four matches, including a pin and a major decision, to post the 22-16 final in the teams' first GLIAC match of the season.

Lake Erie responded with a convincing win over Waynesburg (0-4). Sophomore Ian Ross (Newark, N.Y./Newark) and sophomore Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) bounced back with victories at 125 and 133, respectively, to open the scoring. Fehr, Ball and Vandermeer all won by decision as did junior Tyler Tesny (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) at 174 pounds and sophomore Bobby Zappitelli (Painesville Twp., Ohio/Lake Catholic) at heavyweight. Sophomore Mikey Samijlenko (Parma, Ohio/Normandy) pinned Patrick Jennings at 197 to join Gillihan with wins by fall in the session.

The Storm came out strong in the final session, winning the first five matches against York (5-3) to take a 16-0 lead. After Vandermeer was upset at 165 pounds by Adam Kritzer, Tesny came back with a 9-4 win over T.J. Demetrio at 174 pounds. That proved to be the match that won it for the Storm, as the Spartans came back to win the final three contests to close it to a one-point margin.

The Storm's middle weight classes from 141-165 combined to go 10-2 on the day. Fehr and Ball led the way going 3-0.

Ross, Gillihan, Vandermeer and Tesny all picked up two wins apiece.
In the other matches, Tiffin defeated York 31-13 and Waynesburg 25-12x while York beat Waynesburg 22-15.

The Storm is off for the Thanksgiving holiday break and returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 1, at home against nonconference rival Seton Hill University at 7 p.m.

Lake Erie College Quad I 
Nov. 17, 2012 | Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center (Painesville, Ohio)
Attendance: 211

Session I: Tiffin 22, Lake Erie 16
125: Steven Pastor (TU) dec. Ian Ross (LEC), 9-8
133:  Mike Screptock (TU) dec. Austin Gillihan (LEC) 13-8
141:  Cobey Fehr (LEC) dec. Ryan McKenzie (TU), 7-3
149:  Nate Ball (LEC) dec. DJ Beauch (TU), 5-4
157:  Christian Baughman (LEC) pinned Zach Tiel (TU), 3:57
165:  Matt Vandermeer (LEC) maj. dec. Trevor Nickolai (TU), 9-0
174:  Jake Cramer (TU) dec. Tyler Tesny (LEC), 10-7
184:  Walid Boggio (TU) maj. dec. Jon Schafer (LEC), 17-6
197:  Alex Hughes (TU) dec. Mikey Samijlenko (LEC), 4-2
Hwt: Kevin Christman (TU) pinned Bobby Zappitelli (LEC), 4:28

Session II Lake Erie 30, Waynesburg 7
125: Ian Ross (LEC) dec. Gordan Bieber (WU), 6-0
133:  Austin Gillihan (LEC) pinned Jake Vitolo (WU), 0:42
141:  Cobey Fehr (LEC) dec. Dan Bruni (WU), 8-3
149:  Nate Ball (LEC) dec. Chris Milligan (WU), 5-2
157:  Sam Lombardo (WU) maj. dec. Christian Baughman (LEC), 17-5
165:  Matt Vandermeer (LEC) dec. Sam Guidi (WU), 5-0
174:  Tyler Tensy (LEC) dec. Cameron Fine (WU), 2-1
184:  Cody Catalina (WU) dec. Jon Schafer (LEC), 6-2
197:  Mikey Samijlenko (LEC) pinned Patrick Jennings (WU), 1:11
Hwt:  Bobby Zappitelli (LEC) dec. Greg Kumer (WU), 8-1

Session III Lake Erie 19, York 18
125: Ian Ross (LEC) dec. Kenny Arentz (YC), 8-2
133: Austin Gillihan (LEC) dec. Trevor Baez-Hernandez (YC), 8-2
141: Cobey Fehr (LEC) dec. Chuck Glatz (YC), 8-6
149: Nate Ball (LEC) maj. dec. Cory Rank (YC), 15-7
157: Christian Baughman (LEC) dec. Drew Spector (YC), 5-3
165: Adam Kritzer (YC) dec. Matt Vandermeer (LEC), 10-5
174: Tyler Tensy (LEC) dec. T.J. Demetrio (YC), 9-4
184:  Seth Snyder (YC) pinned Jon Schafer (LEC), 1:09
197:  Kyle Minogue (YC) dec. Mike Samijlenko (LEC), 8-5Hwt: Mike Spencer (YC) pinned Bobby Zappitelli (LECO, 6:37

Lake Erie- Vandermeer and Gillihan Earn Spot at National Meet for Storm Wrestlers

EDMOND, OKLA.  - In its second season, the Lake Erie College wrestling team is sending two individuals to the NCAA Division II National Championships. Freshmen Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) and Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) will represent the Storm after strong showings at the Super Regional Two Tournament at the University of Central Oklahoma. The two-day event wrapped up on Sunday night (Feb. 26).

Vandermeer reached the finals at 165 pounds, but lost a narrow 3-2 decision to second-seeded Mason True of the University of Findlay.

Gillihan, meanwhile, battled his way back through the consolation bracket at 125 pounds. He won two matches before falling in the third-place match to Ashland University's Brandon Davis, 4-2. He then prevailed in a challenge match over Ryan Brooks of Central Oklahoma, 8-2, to clinch his spot at the national meet.

"We're very excited for both Matt and Austin and looking forward to seeing them compete at the national meet," said Head Coach Kevin Hoogenboom. "It's great to have two national qualifiers, and they both wrestled really hard and really well this weekend. But I do feel like we could have had more and missed out on a couple of close matches."

Classmate Ian Ross (Newark, N.Y./Newark) also finished fourth at 133 pounds, but lost in the challenge match to Dustin Reed of Central Oklahoma, 7-0.

Sophomores Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) and Josh Linden (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) placed sixth at 149 and 184 pounds, respectively. Varog was upset by Central Oklahoma's Ky Corley, 2-1, in the championship bracket semifinals, snapping his 10-match winning streak.

As a team, Lake Erie finished seventh overall.

Vandermeer and Gillihan will have two weeks to prep and train before heading to Pueblo, Colo. For the National Championships March 9-10 at Colorado State University-Pueblo.  

Lake Erie- Storm Wrestlers Split Tri-Match at #16 King with Ohio Valley; Zak Vargo Runs Individual Win Streak to Nine Straight

BRISTOL, TENN. - Sophomore Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) ran his consecutive win streak to nine straight and freshman Ian Ross (Newark, N.Y./Newark) won both his matches as the Lake Erie College wrestling team split a pair of matches in a tri-match with Ohio Valley University and host King College.

The Storm easily handled Ohio Valley 41-3, winning all but the final match, but came up just short to 16th-ranked King, 23-10 in a contest that featured four matches decided by two points or less.

Against OVU, Lake Erie led at one point 41-0. After a forfeit for Justin Toth (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside/Mt. Union) at 125 pounds to open the day, Ross and sophomore Kevin Brunner (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) picked up decisions at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively. Vargo pinned Timothy Parsons midway through the second period at 149 pounds and freshman Nate Ball (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) followed with a major decidision at 157 pounds.

Freshman Dylan Zivcic (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor/Lakeland) earned a forfeit at 165 pounds and freshman Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston), wrestling at 174 pounds for the first time this season, earned a 15-0 technical fall over Justin Smith. Classmate Jon Schafer (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) followed with a tech fall of his own at 184 pounds and redshirt freshman Mikey Samijlenko (Parma, Ohio/Normandy) earned the Storm's final win at 197 pounds with a 4-2 decision.

Ross picked up a 5-1 decision against Cullen King, Vargo had a major decision win over Nic Stella and sophomore Josh Linden (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) won convincingly at 184 pounds in the matchup of two of the top six ranked teams in Region 2. However, the Tornado won five of the last six bouts to break open a close dual. Three of those matches came down to the final seconds and were decided by just a pair of points in two of them and the other was a 3-2 win by Frank Morgan over Samijlenko at 197 pounds.

The Storm's (8-11) dual meet season is now complete. Lake Erie will be off until the NCAA NCAA Division II Region 2 tournament Feb. 25-26 in Edmond, Okla.

Lake Erie 41, Ohio Valley 3
Feb. 11, 2012 | Student Center Complex (Bristol, Tenn.)
125: Justin Toth (LEC) won by forfeit
133: Ian Ross (LEC) dec. Josue Rodriguez (OVU), 6-2
141: Kevin Brunner (LEC) dec. Kyle Honeycutt (OVU), 6-2
149: Zak Vargo (LEC) pinned Timothy Parsons (OVU), 4:25
157: Nate Ball (LEC) maj. dec. Nicco Niday (OVU), 20-7
165: Dylan Zivcic (LEC) won by forfeit
174: Matt Vandermeer (LEC) tech. fall Justin Smith (OVU), 15-0
184: Jon Schafer (LEC) tech. fall Seth Jack (OVU), 22-6
197: Mikey Samijlenko (LEC) dec. Chase Long (OVU), 4-2
285: Blak Lucas (OVU) dec. Bobby Zappitelli (LEC), 4-2

#16 King 23, Lake Erie 11
Feb. 11, 2012 | Student Center Complex (Bristol, Tenn.)
125: Jerelle McCabe (King) dec. Austin Gillihan (LEC), 6-5
133: Ian Rosse (LEC) dec. Cullen King (King), 5-1
141: Tywan Claxton (King) dec. Kevin Brunner (LEC), 11-7
149: Zak Vargo (LEC) maj. dec. Nic Stella (King), 13-4
157: Jeremy Miller (King) dec. Nate Ball (LEC), 4-2
165: Patrick Spano (King) dec. Dylan Zivcic (LEC), 7-1
174: Dyvon Passmore (King) dec. Matt Vandermeer (LEC), 9-7
184: Josh Linden (LEC) dec. Brandon Tressler (King), 10-3
197: Frank Morgan (King) dec. Mikey Samijlenko (LEC), 3-2
285: Dondricus Anderson (King) pinned Bobby Zappitelli (LEC), 1:46

Lake Erie Wrestling: GLIAC Championships Recap

ASHLAND, OHIO - Sophomore Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) won all three of his matches and the Lake Erie College wrestling team throttled Tiffin University and put a scare into 17th-ranked University of Findlay to finish third at the inaugural Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Wrestling Championships Sunday (Feb. 5) at Ashland University's Kates Gymnasium.

Vargo won all three of his matches at 149 pounds by decision and was the only Storm (7-9, 1-2 GLIAC) wrestler to go undefeated on the day. Sophomore Tyler Tesny (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) and freshman Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) each won a pair of matches on the day. Tesny went 2-0 at 157 pounds while Vandermeer was 2-1 with his one loss an overtime defeat to Ashland's Thomas Graszl.

Vargo was named All-GLIAC First Team and 149 pounds while Tesny was a second-team pick. Vargo was also named the First-Year Wrestler of the Year.

The day started off with a near upset of nationally-ranked and eventual conference champion Findlay. The Storm fell behind the Oilers 7-0 but responded with four straight wins. Sophomore 141-pounder Kevin Brunner (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) pinned Chris Andrews  and Vargo, Tesny and Vandermeer followed with three consecutive decision victories to put Lake Erie up 15-7. But Findlay responded with four straight wins of their own to escape with the 20-15 win.

Vargo picked up the team's lone win in a 37-3 loss to eighth-ranked Ashland, though they did come close in a couple other matches. Vandermeer los t 3-2 in overtime while two others fell in matches decided by just three points.

The Storm bounced back in a big way in their final match of the day, blasting Tiffin 34-7. Lake Erie won six of the eight contested matches and also picked up a pair of forfeitures. Four of the wins came by decision while Tesny earned a major decision and freshman heavyweight Bobby Zappitelli (Painesville Twp., Ohio/Lake Catholic) picked up the team's only fall of the day, pinning Derrick Eshelman at the very end of the first period.

The other final match saw Findlay upset Ashland 21-9, snapping the Eagles' four-match winning streak and claiming the trophy as the GLIAC's first wrestling championship team. The Oilers went 3-0 on the day, while Ashland finished 2-1. Tiffin went winless, losing all three matches.

The Storm is on the mats again on Tuesday night, Feb. 8, with a nonconference dual meet at Gannon University in Erie, Pa.

2012 GLIAC Championships | Kates Gymnasium (Ashland, Ohio)
#17 Findlay 20, Lake Erie 15
125: Ben Sergent (UF) maj. dec. Austin Gillihan (LEC), 12-1
133: Nickholaas Weisjahn (UF) dec. Thomas McVicker (LEC), 11-9
141: Kevin Brunner (LEC) pinned Chris Andrews (UF), 3:00
149: Zach Vargo (LEC) dec. Jeremy Espinoza (UF), 3-2
157: Tyler Tesny (LEC) dec. Alex Betts (UF), 9-4
165: Matt Vandermeer (LEC) dec. Mason True (UF), 3-0
174: Michael Lybarger (UF) dec. Zev Green (LEC), 5-0 
184: Adam Walters (UF) dec. Josh Linden (LEC), 7-2
197: Ashton Brown (UF) dec. Mike Samijlenko (LEC), 10-4 
285: Andrew Tumlin (UF) maj. dec. Robert Zappitelli II (LEC), 11-2

2012 GLIAC Championships | Kates Gymnasium (Ashland, Ohio)
#8 Ashland 37, Lake Erie 3
125: Brandon Davis (AU) dec. Austin Gillihan (LEC), 8-5
133: Adli Edwards (AU) dec. Ian Ross (LEC), 6-0
141: Clarence Longley (AU) maj. dec. Kevin Brunner (LEC), 8-0
149: Zach Vargo (LEC) dec. Marc Hoff (AU), 7-5
157: Daniel Genetin (AU) pinned Nate Ball (LEC), 4:06
165: Thomas Graszl (AU) dec. Matt Vandermeer (LEC), 3-2 (OT)
174: Bryson Hall (AU) dec. Zev Green (LEC), 8-4
184: Kurt Schaefer (AU) pinned Jon Schaefer (LEC), 2:32
197: Joseph Brandt (AU) dec. Mikey Samijlenko (LEC), 6-3
285: Jacob Southwick (AU) pinned Bobby Zappitelli (LEC), 3:40

2012 GLIAC Championships | Kates Gymnasium (Ashland, Ohio)
Lake Erie 34, Tiffin 7
125: Austin Gillihan (LEC) won by forfeit
133: Ian Ross (LEC) dec. Stephen Pastor (TU), 2-1
141: Jonathon McKenzie (TU) maj. dec. Kevin Brunner (LEC), 14-3
149: Zach Vargo (LEC) dec. Vince Gualtieri (TU), 8-2
157: Tyler Tesny (LEC) maj. dec. Trevor Nickolai (TU), 11-1
165: Matt Vandermeer (LEC) dec. Christopher Baker (TU), 7-3
174: Jacob Cramer (TU) dec. Zev Green (LEC), 7-5
184: Josh Linden (LEC) dec. Kevin Christman (TU), 13-9
197: Mikey Samijlenko (LEC) won by forfeit
285: Bobby Zappitelli (LEC) pinned Derrick Eshelman (TU), 3:00

LEC- Eighth-Ranked Pitt-Johnstown Delivers Storm Wrestlers a 25-9 Loss in Home Finale

Storm gets wins from Vargo, Green and Vandermeer but falls to 2-4 against ranked teams this season

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Eighth-ranked University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown raced out to a 12-0 lead and won seven-of-ten bouts in handing the Lake Erie College wrestling team a 25-9 setback in the Storm's final home match of the season at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.

After dropping the first three matches, two by decision and one by fall, the Storm (6-7) bounced back to take three of the next four contests. Sophomore 149-pounder Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) got Lake Erie on the board with an 8-4 decision over Nathan Link. Freshman Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) earned 6-2 win at 165 pounds over Logan Shirley and sophomore Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) defeated Myers Miller 11-5 at 174 pounds to bring the Storm within 16-9.

But the Mountain Cats (8-3) won the last three matches to close out the afternoon and send the Storm to its second straight dual defeat.

A select group of Storm wrestlers will compete on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the John Suma Invitational at Baldwin-Wallace College. On Sunday, Feb .5, Lake Erie will compete in the inaugural Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships at Ashland University.

#8 Pitt-Johnstown 25, Lake Erie 9
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 | Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center (Attendance: 128)

Exhibition (133 lbs.): Doug Mariana (UPJ) pinned Justin Toth, 2:22
125: Dave Fogle (UPJ) dec. Austin Gillihan (LEC), 2-0
133: Ryan Link (UPJ) pinned Ian Ross (LEC), 0:57
141: Tyler Chesney (UPJ) dec. Kevin Brunner (LEC), 5-0
149: Zak Vargo (LEC) dec. Nathan Link (UPJ), 8-4
157: Zach Lundgren (UPJ) maj. dec. Tyler Tesny (LEC), 13-3
165: Matt Vandermeer (LEC) dec. Logan Shirley (UPJ),6-2
174: Zev Green (LEC) dec. Myers Miller (UPJ), 11-5
184: Gary Lantz (UPJ) dec. Josh Linden (LEC), 7-0
197: Jon Moore (UPJ) dec. Mikey Samijlenko (LEC), 7-1
285: Greg Grimes (UPG) dec. Bobby Zappitelli (LEC), 8-3

Merritt Selected To Represent GLIAC on National SAAC Board

By Kyle Akins, Lake Erie Sports Information and Marketing Graduate Assistant

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) is nationally renowned at the NCAA Division II for its blend of strong athletics and academics. The conference boasts 246 athletic teams and nearly 5,000 student-athletes. Only one of those students gets the honor of representing the GLIAC at the NCAA level and for the next three years that student-athlete will be Lake Erie College sophomore wrestler Jared Merritt (Cranesville, Pa./Northwestern).

Merritt was nominated to be the GLIAC representative on the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) board. SAAC is a student-athlete run organization on campuses across the country with the mission of "enhancing the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image."

Merritt's new responsibilities will include attending and participating in the three national SAAC conferences each year and running the two annual GLIAC SAAC conferences. At the national SAAC conferences, he will discuss and vote on proposed NCAA legislation and issues and make recommendations on best practices for coaches and institutions which address the concerns of the student-athletes. Along the way he will meet student-athletes, athletic directors and other key personal from institutions throughout the country as well key figures with the NCAA, including president Mark Emmert, and other special guests.

"It's a great honor to have been chosen to this important position," said Merritt. "It's a great opportunity to be representing the GLIAC at a national level. The people I meet there are going to be great contacts and I can learn a lot from those people and how they became successful through athletics and college."

"It's a great chance for professional development for Jared," said Lisa Liotta, Lake Erie College's SAAC Co-Advisor, Assistant Athletic Director for Sport Operations & Student Development and Senior Woman Administrator. "In addition to representing the GLIAC at a national level, he'll be able to learn what it's like in the professional world - be it wearing a suit, getting experience on proper greetings and meetings, or just general proper etiquette techniques."

Merritt got involved with Lake Erie SAAC in the Fall of his freshman year due to its mission and community projects, which includes raising funds for charities such as the Make a Wish and Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundations, and community-involvement projects such as playing bingo with the elderly at local nursing homes and helping to run events for the Special Olympics. SAAC was far from the only group which Merritt has invested his time with during his days on the Painesville campus. In addition to being a member of the Storm wrestling squad, the sophomore is also a residence assistant, orientation leader and a member of student government.

"Since the day he stepped on campus Jared has embraced what it means to be a Lake Erie student- athlete," said Head Wrestling Coach Kevin Hoogenboom. "Jared is a leader on and off the mat and is recognized by his peers for his dedication and workmanlike attitude."

"I love being involved and think the college experience is a lot more than just athletics or just academics," said the political science major. "To have a good college experience you need to be well-rounded. You get to meet so many people and connections you can have and the friendships you can make are priceless."

Being a wrestler is going to make Merritt stand out when he attends his first national SAAC meeting this July. He is the only wrestler on the Division II national board and is believed to be the only wrestler represented among all NCAA divisions.

"Wrestlers are usually thought of as just a bunch of meatheads," jokes Merritt with a chuckle. "It's a real honor representing the sport of wrestling and I think it's good for the sport of wrestling to have one of its own to represent it on the national SAAC."

This season is wrestling's first as an official sport in the GLIAC and is just Lake Erie's second as a member of the conference. It is a major honor for a junior institution of the conference to be recognized for its highest student-athlete position.

"[Representing Lake Erie] is a great honor," explained Merritt, who intends to attend law school after his time at Lake Erie. "I love the school and we are doing so many great things here. Just getting into the GLIAC we can be overlooked by bigger schools but we really are showing that even though we have small numbers, we are doing big things."

Lake Erie- Comeback Bid Comes Up Just Short for Storm Wrestlers in 24-15 Loss to Notre Dame

Samijlenko (Normandy), Zappitelli (Lake Catholic), Vargo (CVCA) and Gillihan pick up individual wins for Lake Erie

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - In what Northeast Ohio wrestling fans hopes develops into a great rivalry, the Lake Erie College wrestling team's dual with two-time defending NAIA champions went down to the final match. But ultimately the Storm's comeback bid came up short in a 24-15 setback to visiting Notre Dame College on Friday night (Jan. 20) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.

After dropping the first three matches, the Storm (6-6) mounted a comeback. Redshirt freshman Mikey Samijlenko (Parma, Ohio/Normandy) took down Eddie Hupp in overtime for a 5-3 decision at 197 pounds for the first Lake Erie victory of the night and his tenth win of the season. 

The drama was heightened in the heavyweight bout when Storm freshman Bobby Zappitelli (Painesville Twp., Ohio/Lake Catholic), trailing 2-1, flipped Notre Dame's (1-0) Dan Demick right before the horn in the third period for a 3-2 win. It was the third straight dual meet win for the big freshman.

Classmate Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) won the Storm's third straight match, this one in convincing fashion at 125 pounds, 8-2. Notre Dame took decisions at 133 and 141-pounds to extend the lead to 18-9.

Sophomore Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) pinned Louden Gordon 40 seconds into the second round to improve to 7-3 and close the gap to 18-15 heading into the final match.

The finale was a close match into the third when Ashtin Primus picked up a controversial pin of Tyler Tesny (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) at the 5:10 mark following a caution call. 

Tonight's results were a marked improvement over last year's inaugural meeting between the schools when Notre Dame cruised to a 46-3 victory at the Osborne Center. The rivalry only figures to intensify when the Falcons join the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) as an associate member.

The Storm closes out the home portion of their schedule next weekend when they host 13th-ranked University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m.

Lake Erie College 9, Notre Dame College 15
Friday Jan. 20, 2012 | Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center (Attendance: 162)

125: Austin Gillihan (LEC) dec. Matt Perez (NDC), 8-2
133: Paul Rose (NDC) dec. Ian Ross (LEC), 7-1
141: Austin Sanders (NDC) dec. Tom McVicker (LEC), 11-6
149: Zak Vargo (LEC) pinned Louden Gordon, 3:40
157: Ashtin Primus (NDC) pinned Tyler Tesny (LEC), 5:10
165: Jared King (NDC) dec. Matt Vandermeer (LEC), 7-5
174: Jon Bittnger (NDC) dec. Zev Green (LEC), 8-1
184: Charles Mason (NDC) pinned Jon Schafer (LEC), 4:51
197: Mikey Samijlenko (LEC) dec. Eddie Hupp (NDC), 5-3 (OT)
Hwt: Bobby Zappitelli (LEC) dec. Dan Demick, 3-2

Lake Erie Wrestlers Rebound With 44-5 Win Over Baldwin-Wallace

Storm bounces back from tough loss at #8 Mercyhurst with convincing win over the Yellow Jackets

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -  The Lake Erie College wrestling team bounced back from a road loss at the nation's eighth-ranked team with a 44-5 nonconference home win over Baldwin-Wallace College on Saturday night (Jan. 14) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.

Sophomore <>Justin Toth (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside/Mt. Union) started the night with a 7-1 decision over Jeremy Dombrady at 125 pounds and then freshman <>Ian Ross (Newark, N.Y./Newark) followed with a 10-8 overtime win over Andrew Taylor in a spirited bout at 133 pounds.

Nick Ramsey pick up Baldwin-Wallace's (1-2) only win with a technical fall at 141 pounds before the Storm (6-5) responded with major decision wins at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively. Freshman <>Mitchel Porter (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) picked up an 11-2 victory over Sam McIntosh and classmate <>Nate Ball (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) won 12-4 against Alex Cahill.

The next four matches went to Lake Erie via forfeit. Freshman heavyweight <>Bobby Zappitelli (Painesville Twp., Ohio/Lake Catholic) closed the night with pin ofAddison Carbone 55 seconds into the third period.

The Storm continues its homestand on Friday night, Jan. 20, against Northeast Ohio rival Notre Dame College at 7 p.m.

Lake Erie 44, Baldwin-Wallace 5
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 | Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center
125: Justin Toth (LEC) dec. Jeremy Dombrady (BW), 7-1
133: Ian Ross (LEC) dec. Andrew Taylor, 10-8 (OT)
141: Nick Ramsey (BW) tech. fall <>Kevin Brunner (LEC), 17-2
149: Mitchel Porter (LEC) maj. dec. Sam McIntosh (BW), 11-2
157: Nate Ball (LEC) maj. dec. Alex Cahill (BW), 12-4
165: <>Dylan Zivcic (LEC) won by forfeit
174: <>Jared Merritt (LEC) won by forfeit
184: <>Tim Straus (LEC) won by forfeit
197: Michael Vitale (LEC) won by forfeit
Hwt: Bobby Zappitelli (LEC) pinned Addison Carbone (BW), 5:55

Lake Erie Wrestling: Storm Upsets #13 West Liberty, 25-12, on Wednesday Night at Home

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Early Pins and Key Wins Late Lift Storm Wrestling to 25-12 Upset Win Over #13 West Liberty at Home

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Pins in the first two matches fueled the Lake Erie College wrestling team to a 25-12 upset of 13th-ranked West Liberty University Wednesday night (Dec. 14) in the team's home opener at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.

Freshman Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) opened the night with a pin of Joe Wagstaff early in the second period and sophomore Tom McVicker (South Fork, Pa./Forest Hills/Penn Highlands C.C.) followed with a fall of Dillon Nolte 1:29 into the match to make it 12-0 and give the Storm (5-4) a lead it would never relinquish.

"Those two pins were so big tonight," said second-year head coach Kevin Hoogenboom. "They really got us going, really got the crowd into it. That is a very good wrestling team we beat tonight and we needed to have a big night from a lot of guys and we got that."

The Hilltoppers (3-1) briefly closed the gap with a pair of close decisions at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively. Nate Ball, ranked fifth nationally, got all he could handle from Storm freshman Nate Ball (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) before prevailing 6-3 at 141 pounds and Art Hobley followed with a 5-4 win at 149 over sophomore Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Acadmey) who was making his season debut.

But after the two setbacks, the Storm responded in big fashion. Sophomore Tyler Tesny (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) defeated Jarrod Shaw convincingly at 157 pounds, 9-3, and freshman Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) edged Ohio University transfer Jordan Nolan, 4-3, on riding time.

Those two victories put the Storm ahead 18-6. After Matt Littleton edged Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) 4-3 at 174 pounds, freshman Jon Schafer (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) clinched the match with a major decision over Derrick Williams, 16-7, at 184 pounds. Redshirt freshman Mike Samilenko (Parma, Ohio/Normandy) earned an 8-7 decision over Jacob Donely for the Storm's sixth victory of the night.

"I thought coming in that those middle matches between 149-184 could go either way, and we won three of them," Hoogenboom said. "Those 10 points, along with Mike's win at 197 pounds, were big and proved to be the difference."

Freshman Bobby Zappitelli (Painesville Twp., Ohio/Lake Catholic) battled sixth-ranked heavyweight J.D. Ramsey into overtime before dropping a 4-1 decision.

The win was the third straight in dual competition for the Storm and second in three matches over a ranked foe. Lake Erie defeated 17th-ranked Limestone College, 29-12, on Saturday (Dec. 10).

Lake Erie now travels to Indianapolis, Ind. on Sunday and Monday, Dec. 18-19 for the annual Midwest Classic at the University of Indianapolis. That tournament will be the Storm's final event of 2011.

Lake Erie College (LEC) 25.0, #13 West Liberty University (WLU) 12.0
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 | Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center (Painesville, Ohio)

125: Austin Gillihan, LEC, pinned Joe Wagstaff, WLU, 4:00. 133: Thomas McVicker, LEC, pinned Dillon Nolte, WLU, 0:00. 141: Nick Wykoff, WLU, dec. Natthan Ball, LEC, 10-6. 149: Art Hobley, WLU, dec. Zach Vargo, LEC, 5-4. 157: Tyler Tesny, LEC, dec. Jarrod Shaw, WLU, 9-3. 165: Matt Vandermeer, LEC, dec. Jordon Nolan, WLU, 4-3. 174: Matt Littleton, WLU, dec. Zev Green, LEC, 3-2. 184: Jon Schaefer, LEC, maj. dec. Derrick Williams, WLU, 16-7. 197: Mike Samijlenko, LEC, dec. Jacob Donley, WLU, 8-7. 285: JD Ramsey, WLU, dec. OT Robert Zappitelli II, LEC, 4-1.

Lake Erie College Wrestling: Storm Falls at Seton Hill, 24-18
(Scores and Recap)


Storm Wrestlers Fall on Road at Seton Hill

GREENSBURG, PA. -  In the Lake Erie College wrestling team's first home match a year ago, the Storm shocked a more experienced Seton Hill University squad for 30-14 victory. But on Saturday (Dec. 3), it was the Griffins who returned the favor with a 24-19 home victory over the Storm at Salvitti Gymnasium in Greensburg, Pa.

The loss drops Lake Erie to 2-2 in dual competition this season. Seton Hill improves to 4-0 with the win.

The Griffins took the first four matches on the day, three by decision, to take a commanding 15-0 lead early on. The match not settled by decision featured a bit of bad luck for the green and white at 133 pounds, as sophomore Kevin Brunner (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) injured his knee on a takedown and was pinned by James Henderson.

Lake Erie then won three straight to get back into the contest. Sophomore Tyler Tesny (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) earned a 6-0 decision at 157 pouds and freshman Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) pinned Kurt McCamley at 165 pounds.

Vandermeer improved to 10-1 on the season with this third pin of the year.

At 174 pounds, sophomore Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) picked up a 2-0 win over Randall Wagner,upping his mark to 6-1 on the year and closing the Storm within 15-12, but Zach Benzio won a major decision at 184 pounds to push the margin back to 19-12.

Sophomore Josh Linden (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) was awarded a forfeit at 197 pounds to bring LEC within one point, but Ron Oswald claimed a technical fall victory in the heavyweight bout to close out the contest and give the Griffins the team victory.

The Storm will be idle during the week for finals, but returns to the mat next weekend for the Newberry College Duals in Newberry, S.C. on Saturday, Dec. 10.  

Seton Hill 24, Lake Erie 19

125: Kenny Trumbetta (SH) dec. Austin Gillihan (L), 2-0
133: James Henderson (SH) pinned Kevin Brunner (L), 1:20
141: A Fisher (SH) dec. Natthan Ball (L), 8-4
149: Nick Nichols (SH) dec. Mitchell Porter (L), 8-5
157: Tyler Tesny (L) dec. Adam Morranduzzo (SH), 6-0
165: Matt Vandermeer (L) pinned Kurt McCamley (SH), 4:30
174: Zev Green (L) dec. Randall Wagner (SH), 2-0
184: Zach Benzio (SH) maj. dec. Jon Schaefer (L), 12-4
197: Josh Linden (L) victory by forfeit
285: Ron Oswald SH) tech. fall Mike Samijlenko (L), 18-2


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