PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College wrestling will make
its official varsity debut on Sunday, Nov. 15, highlighting a
13-event inaugural season slate announced Monday, June
The Storm will compete in four open tournaments and 11 dual
matches in its first year, including contests against several top
NCAA Division II teams and the defending NAIA national
"Our schedule is very strong and it will be very challenging,"
said head coach Kevin Hoogenboom. "But by
facing tough competition during the regular season, it will prepare
us for the challenges of postseason wrestling. It is also
important for us, as a first-year program, to see where we stand
with some of the established teams in the region."
The team will host a preview event and intrasquad match at the
Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center on Nov. 5
and opens the season the following weekend at the Washington &
Jefferson College Open. Lake Erie then travels to York
College on Nov. 20 for a quad match against the host Spartans,
Messiah College and Waynesburg University.
On Saturday, Dec. 4, the Storm will roll out the mats to host
the first home match in school history against Seton Hill
University. Lake Erie closes out the calendar year at
Baldwin-Wallace College (Dec. 11) and at the 30-plus-team Midwest
Classic at the University of Indianapolis (Dec. 18-19).
The 2011 portion of the schedule opens at perennial D-II power
the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown on Jan. 7 and then at home
Jan. 14 against in-region foe and 2009 NAIA national champion Notre
January concludes with a pair of open tournaments at the
University of Mount Union (Jan. 16) and Ashland University (Jan.
22) mixed in with dual matches at Ashland and fellow first-year
program Penn State University-New Kensington. The Storm will
also wrestle West Virginia Tech at New Kensington (Jan. 29).
"We're looking forward to the challenge of facing well
established programs like Pitt-Johnstown and Ashland on the road,"
Hoogenboom said. "And its very exciting to host a match like
one against Notre Dame that will be a great event for wrestling
fans in Northeast Ohio."
A pair of first-year teams come to Painesville on Feb. 5 when
the Storm hosts the Lake Erie Duals against Tiffin University, Ohio
Valley University and regional foe Mercyhurst College, where
Hoogenboom competed as a student-athlete and later served as an
assistant coach. The Storm closes out the regular season on
Feb. 16 at home against Gannon University.
"It will be interesting to get an up-close look at two other
brand new Division II programs and see how we compare with them,"
Hoogenboom said. "And at the same time, we will be able to
see how far we've come in our first year by closing the season out
against some very tough PSAC schools in Mercyhurst and Gannon."
The University of Findlay will host the NCAA Midwest Regionals
Feb. 25-26 where the Storm will compete in hopes of advancing to
the NCAA Division II National Championships in Kearney, Neb. March