Zak Vargo finished second at 157 pounds at the NCAA DII Championships Saturday night (March 9), falling to top-ranked Cory Dauphin 4-2 in the finals. The loss ended the un-ranked Vargo's run that included three shutout victories over top-six opponents on his way to earning Lake Erie's highest finish. His 19 points tied the Storm for 17th overall on the team standings.
Junior 157-pounder Zak Vargo became the first wrestler in Lake Erie's three-year history to win an opening round match at the national meet and then became the first Storm wrestler to earn a spot in Saturday's semifinals with a second-round pin. Ian Ross and Dylan Zivcic, Lake Erie's other national qualifiers, bowed out of the tourney after two matches.
Sophomore national qualifier Ian Ross and junior Zev Green were named to the Division II All-Academic Second Team by the DII Wrestling Coaches Association while Jared Merritt, Isaac Morisette and Tyler Tesny were honorable mention selections.
After four weeks sitting on the outside looking in, the Lake Erie wrestling team moved into the Division II Coaches Association Top 20 poll for the first time this week, checking in at No. 19 in advance of the national championships next weekend.
One of the most anticipated evenings of the year for the Storm wrestling program, the annual Reverse Raffle and Auction Fundraiser, will be held Friday night, April 26 at La-Vera Party Center in Willoughby.
Junior Tyler Tesny won the 174-pound weight class at the National Collegiate Open Wrestling Championships in Richmond, Va. on Sunday (Feb. 23). He earned National Open All-American honors along with Mitchel Porter (2nd at 157) and Nick Bloch (4th at 141).
Ian Ross, Zak Vargo and Dylan Zivcic earned automatic berths to the NCAA Division II Championships and Lake Erie had a fourth-place team finish at the Super Region 2 Championships at Ashland this weekend. The Storm's performance earned head coach Kevin Hoogenboom Regional Coach of the Year honors.
Lake Erie put four wrestlers in the championship bracket semifinals, but all seven remaining Storm grapplers will have to battle their way back through the consolation bracket in order to gain a berth at next month's NCAA Championships.
Lake Erie is listed among others receiving votes in the final regular season Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Top 20 Poll released Wednesday (Feb. 14). Sophomore Matt Vandermeer continues to be ranked second at 165 pounds.
Following a 3-0 performance at the Lake Erie Quad II on Saturday, including a victory over defending national runner-up Mason True of Findlay, Storm sophomore All-American Matt Vandermeer was named this week's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Wrestling "Athlete of the Week/"
Lake Erie found itself in big holes early in all three matches Saturday, losing to #7 Findlay (22-14) and King (21-15) before rallying for a 19-16 win over the Lakers in the final home dual of the year. Zak Vargo, Matt Vandermeer and Mikey Samijlenko each went 3-0 on the day to lead Lake Erie.
The Lake Erie wrestlers welcome three teams in the national rankings to the Osborne Center when they host 7th ranked Findlay, No. 13 Mercyhurst and King College (received votes) Saturday (Feb. 9) starting at 10 a.m. for the second quad of the season and the final time in 2012-13 for the Storm on the home mat.
Freshman Cobey Fehr (141) and sophomore Dylan Zivcic (174) each won individual titles to lead the Storm at the 27th annual John Summa Memorial Tournament at Baldwin Wallace. Lake Erie finished fifth as a team at the event.
Lake Erie bounced back from a loss this weekend in emphatic fashion, winning four matches with bonus points, three by decision and a pair by forfeit in a dominating performance against a West Liberty team that was ranked 9th nationally two weeks ago.
Host Notre Dame won the final six matches - including three by three points or less - to pull away from Lake Erie, 33-6, on Sunday afternoon. Ian Ross and Nate Ball picked up individual wins for the Storm.
Lake Erie won the first two matches of the night but then fell behind 16-13 before rallying to win the final three matches for the second straight dual and pick up a nonconference win over the rival Golden Knights on Wednesday. Sophomore Austin Gillihan upset 7th-ranked Jose Matos at 133 pounds to spark the Storm to their school-record ninth dual win.
Fresh off a 10-point win at 18th-ranked Ashland last week, the Storm return home for a nonconference dual meet against their traditional rival Golden Knights. The match is part of the Storm's annual "Youth Wrestling Night."
Tyler Tesny led the way with a second-place finish at 174 pounds, while Christian Baughman and Jon Schafer placed third and fourth, respectively, in their weight classes to lead the Storm contingent at the Mt. Union event.
The Storm wrestling program will welcome area youth, middle school and high school wrestling teams for the annual event highlighting the great wrestling programs in Northeast Ohio on Wednesday, Jan. 23 when Lake Erie hosts the Golden Knights.
Junior Tom McVicker's pin of Daniel McNulty 43 seconds into their 141-pound match swung Tuesday nights' match, giving the Storm a lead it would not relinquish as Lake Erie won the final three matches to knock off the Eagles on their home mat.
After splitting a pair matches over the weekend, the Lake Erie grapplers continue their road swing with a contest against the Eagles that has conference, regional and national implications. Head Coach Kevin Hoogenboom talks about the weekend that was and looks ahead to Tuesday night in a special Ashland Preview edition of "Riding Time".
Lake Erie won nine-of-10 matches in cruising to its largest margin of victory in school history. Zak Vargo and three others earned pins while a pair of Storm individual victories came by technical fall as LEC bounced back from its Friday night loss at #12 UPJ for its seventh win.
Austin Gillihan defeated 8th-ranked Dave Fogle at 133 pounds and the Storm also got wins from Zak Vargo, Matt Vandermeer and Almonte Patrick, but the Mountain Cats won four straight midway through the match to pull out a 23-13 victory.
Lake Erie will travel into Pennsylvania for a pair of dual matches this weekend, first at 12th-ranked Pitt-Johnstown Friday night and then Saturday afternoon at Millersville, a team transitioning from Division I to the DII level. Live stats and video coverage will be available for both matches.