Wrestling Hosts #13 West Liberty, Youth Night in Home Opener Wednesday; Live Webcast on LakeErieStorm.com

Wrestling Hosts #13 West Liberty, Youth Night in Home Opener Wednesday; Live Webcast on LakeErieStorm.com

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College wrestling team hosts nationally-ranked West Liberty University Wednesday night, Dec. 14, in the 2011-12 home opener at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.   It is also Youth Night as the Storm will welcome youth wrestlers from over 18 area programs to the dual meet.  

The Hilltoppers (3-0), ranked 13th in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division II Poll, represents the fourth ranked team the Storm (4-4) will face in the past five days.  On Saturday, Dec. 10, Lake Erie faced three ranked foes in its four matches, including the top-ranked team in the nation, at the Newberry College Duals.

WATCH THE ACTION LIVE: LakeErieStorm.com will provide a LIVE video webcast of all home dual meets this season, starting Wednesday night vs. West Liberty.  To watch the match, click on the "Live Broadcast" button on the homepage or click the "Video" link on the wrestling schedule page next to the match listing or at the top of the preview story.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie posted a 2-2 record as a team at the Newberry Duals.  The Storm lost to host and No. 1-ranked Newberry (47-0) and No. 18 University of North Carolina-Pembroke (25-15) before handling No. 17 Limestone College (29-12) and Anderson Univeristy (35-9). Individually, sophomore Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) went 3-1 at 174 pounds, winning his final three matches to improve to 9-3 on the year.  Six others posted two wins on the day, including junior Justin Toth (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside/Mt. Union) and freshman Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) who were 2-0 and 2-1, respectively. 

LAKE ERIE PROBABLY STARTERS (OVERALL RECORD, DUAL RECORD):
125         Austin Gillihan (5-4, 3-3)
133         Tom McVicker (4-6, 1-4)
141         Nate Ball (3-4, 2-2)
149         Zak Vargo (0-0)
157         Tyler Tesny (7-5, 4-4)
165         Matt Vandermeer (11-3, 6-2)
174         Zev Green (9-3, 5-3)
184         Jon Schafer (5-4, 2-3)
197         Mike Samiljenko (5-5, 3-4)
285         Bobby Zappitelli (3-7, 1-4)

THE OPPOSITION POSITION: After not receiving a single vote in the preseason coaches poll, West Liberty vaulted into the Top 25 a week ago at No. 13 after a 3-0 start to their dual season.  Included in the Hilltoppers' hot start are a pair of road victories at perenial D-II powers the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Shippensburg University.  Individually unbeaten J.D. Ramsey (8-0) is ranked sixth nationally at heavyweight and Nick Wykoff (7-2) is fifth at 141 pounds. 

WEST LIBERTY PROBABLY STARTERS (OVERALL RECORD, DUAL RECORD): 
125         Joe Wagstaff (3-4, 1-2)
133         Dillon Nolte (5-4, 1-2)
141         Nick Wykoff (7-2, 2-1)
149         Art Hobley (8-0, 3-0)
157         Jarrod Shaw (7-2, 1-2)
165         Jordon Nolan (3-2, 1-0)
174         Matt Littleton (4-3, 2-1)
184         Derrick Williams (6-4, 1-2)
197         Jacob Donley (7-2, 3-0)
285         J.D. Ramsey (8-0, 3-0)

UP NEXT: The Storm travels to Indianapolis, Ind. this weekend, Dec. 18-19, for the annual Midwest Classic at the University of Indianapolis.

-LEC-