Vandermeer Finishes 6th at NCAA Championships, Earns Lake Erie's First All-American Honor

Matt Vandermeer (second from right) became Lake Erie's first wrestling All-American with a sixth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
Matt Vandermeer (second from right) became Lake Erie's first wrestling All-American with a sixth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships.

PUEBLO,  COLO.  – Lake Erie College's first wrestling All-American is freshman Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston), who earned a sixth-place finish Saturday (March 10) at the 2012 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Vandermeer opened the day with a 6-2 decision over Cody Quinn of Minnesota State University-Mankato for his third straight victory in the tournament.  He then faced the University of Nebraska at Kearney's Joey Wilson for the second time at the Championships in the Consolation Round semifinals and for the second time, dropped a hard-fought decision to Wilson, falling 5-2.

The University of Mary's Taylor Nagle then handed Vandermeer a 7-2 setback in the 5th place match.

"Matt wrestled well this weekend against some awfully tough competition," said head coach Kevin Hoogenboom. "He went up against veteran upperclassmen, several of whom had Championship experience.  But he really did an outstanding job and competed in every match.  We're very proud of what he accomplished this weekend in becoming Lake Erie's first All-American."

Vandermeer posted a 3-3 record at the Championships and finished his season with a school-record 33 victories overall.  He was 32-13 at 165 pounds and 33-14 overall in his first season of collegiate competition.

-LEC-