Lake Erie Wrestling Announces First Recruiting Class

Lake Erie Wrestling Announces First Recruiting Class

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – With the schedule set and a new practice facility under construction, the only thing that remains for the Lake Erie College wrestling team is the finalization of the roster that will make up the inaugural Storm team this winter.  Since coming on board when the program was announced in November, head coach Kevin Hoogenboom has brought in 22 student-athletes into the fold with several more expected to join by the start of school in the fall.

"I'm very pleased with this first class," Hoogenboom said.  "Despite being a new program, there is a lot of excitement and interest in Lake Erie College wrestling as evident by the fact we are bringing in kids from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.  We have a number of guys signed that placed at their respective state meets and many more who qualified for their state tournaments."

Of the 22 newcomers, 15 come from in-state, six hail from Pennsylvania with another from Upstate New York.  Of the 15 Ohioans, eight were state qualifiers in 2010, highlighted by state runner-up Joe Linden (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) and a pair of third-place finishers in Joe Poyser (Louisville, Ohio/Louisville) and Zachary Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy).

"This group is talented, and each one of them will have an immediate impact on our team next season as well as on the future of our program," said Hoogenboom.  "I anticipate a very competitive room in the fall with a lot of guys battling for starting spots.  The key will be to get everyone on the same page and working towards common goals. If we are able to do that, then I think our first year can be successful."

That first season starts Nov. 13 at Washington & Jefferson College with the W & J Open.  The Storm will host its first match at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center Saturday, Dec. 4, vs. Seton Hill University. 

"It would be great to 'pack the house' for that first home match," Hoogenboom said.  "There are a lot of wrestling fans in Northeast Ohio and I believe they will enjoy watching our team compete and for our team, there's nothing like wrestling in front of a big crowd."

2010 Lake Erie College Wrestling Recruiting Class

Name

Year

Weight*

Hometown/High School/Previous School

Kevin Brunner

Fr.

133/141

Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake

Phillip Bucher

Fr.

174/184

Sharpsville, Pa./Sharpsville Area

Thomas Butryn

Fr.

125/133

Ashtabula, Ohio/Edgewood

Sam Delpra

Jr.

149

Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga/Heidelberg

Joshua Etzel

Fr.

149/157

Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward

Brian Frehmeyer

Fr.

125

Parma, Ohio/Parma

Zachary Fumerelle

Fr.

133/141

Amherst, N.Y./Sweet Home

Chris Fusco

Fr.

141

Pataskala, Ohio/Bishop Hartley

Zev Green

Fr.

149/157

Marysville, Ohio/Marysville

Bobby Hager

Fr.

Hwt.

Sagamore Hills, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit

Joe Henderson

Fr.

184

Louisville, Ohio/Louisville

Tyler Leitza

Fr.

165

Derry, Pa./Derry

Josh Linden

Fr.

174/184

Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights

Chris Lozano

Fr.

174/184

Sharpsville, Pa./Sharpsville Area

Jared Merritt

Fr.

184

Cranesville, Pa./Northwestern

Joe Poyser

Fr.

197

Louisville, Ohio/Louisville

Michael Samijlenko

Fr.

197/Hwt.

Parma, Ohio/Normandy

Nick Sofranko

Fr.

174

Derry, Pa./Derry

Tim Sraus

Fr.

197

Kirtland, Ohio/Kirtland

Tyler Tesny

Fr.

165

Munroe Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls

Zachary Vargo

Fr.

141

Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy

Michael Vitale

Fr.

157

Wickliffe, Ohio/Wickliffe

* Projected weight classes for 2010-11 season

-LEC-