PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Coming off a fantastic third season that saw the school send three to the national championships and have at least one wrestler earn All-American honors for the second straight year, Lake Erie College wrestling coach Kevin Hoogenboom and his staff have bolstered the Storm's roster with a strong recruiting class heading into the 2013-14 season.
A total of 16 new student-athletes are joining the program this year. Included in the group are three state finalists and a pair of high school All-Americans, a first for the Storm program.
"We are very excited to welcome this talented group of young men to our program and the Storm family," Hoogenboom said. "This class is full of competitors both on and off the mat. They are great wrestlers and great students.
"This is now our fourth full recruiting class and possibly our most talented overall to date. We feel the added depth will make us a solid team this season, as we now have at least three quality wrestlers at each weight class. There are over 15 state medals coming in with this class and they are going to push our upperclassmen. The competition for starting roles is going to be very tough, but that will make us better as a team and as teammates."
Below is a breakdown of each member of the Storm's 2013 wrestling recruiting class.
197 lbs. (El Mirage, Az./Dysart)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Was a two-time state qualifier at Dysart High School… placed fourth as a senior.
PERSONAL: No information provided.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: Camrin joined the program in the spring and has shown a tremendous work ethic. We expect him to compete and challenge for a role at 197.
125 lbs. (Corona, Cal./Centennial)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Earned four varsity letters in wrestling at Centennial High School… also played football… was a three-time California state qualifier and three-time league champion… two-time Riverside County champion… named NHSCA Senior, California Greco and Reno Worlds All-American… posted a 164-29 high school record… honor roll student.
PERSONAL: Born June 16, 1994… son of Wendy Castillo and Enrique Cuenca… Sports Management and International Business major.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: Gio is our first recruit from California, and we're very excited to have him. He's a four-year 125-pounder, which is hard to come by. His athleticism and strength will allow him to make a quick adjustment to college wrestling.
184 lbs. (Newark, N.Y./Newark/Monroe C.C.)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letter-winner at Newark High School… was a sectional finalist and New York State tournament alternate as a senior… served as a team captain for three years… named to the Finger Lakes All-Star Team three years in a row…posted a 44-4 record as a senior and had a total of 113 career wins in high school… elected class president two years in a row.
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 3, 1993… son of Vicki Cook… Communication major.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: Alex was a two-time state qualifier in high school and should challenge for a spot at 184 and provide solid depth dispite not wrestling for two seasons. He is very athletic and strong and that should allow him to make a quick adjustment once he gets back on the mat.
Hwt. (Milford, Mich./Milford)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Earned three varsity letters in wrestling and football at Milford High School… as a senior posted a 53-6 record, winning regional heavyweight championship and placing sixth at state meet… finished second at the KLAA Championships and placed third at the county meet… set school record for wins, pins and takedowns… placed seventh at county and eighth in KLAA as a junior… also qualified for regionals and finished third at district meet… two-time team captain.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 8, 1994… son of Jim and Monica Hosking… undecided on a major… older brother Jake is a member of the Storm wrestling team.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: Fresh off a great finish at the Michigan state meet, Noah is a light heavy weight, but he has great skill and agility in that class. He is especially dangerous on top and his mat skills will make him a force early on, though a priority for him in year one will be gaining lean muscle.
174/184 lbs. (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Earned three varsity letters in wrestling at Brunswick High School… two-time state qualifier, state finalist as a senior in 2013… named Northeast Ohio Conference Wrestler of the Year and Post/Gazette Wrestler of the Year in 2013… also named team most valuable wrestler and "hardest worker"… posted a 47-3 record as a senior and won over 100 varsity matches in three seasons… was also an all-conference selection in football.
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 6, 1995… son of Matt and Cheryl Hughes… Criminal Justice major.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: Tyler is a true competitor and loves the sport. After finishing as the runner up at the OHSAA meet, Tyler spent all summer dedicating himself to getting better as a wrestler. He knows he is coming into a very competitive part of our lineup, but we expect him to challenge the upperclassmen there.
149 lbs. (East Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Heights/North Iowa Area C.C.)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Wrestled for two years at North Iowa Area Community College… Earned four varsity letters in wrestling at Cleveland Heights High School… two-time team most valuable wrestler… earned a second-place district finish and a fourth-place sectionals finish during his career… also played football.
PERSONAL: Born June 15, 1992… son of Lakesha Wilkins… Criminal Justice major.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: A native Clevelander, Javon has dedicated himself on the mat and in the classroom the last two seasons and we are glad he has returned to the area. He will add leadership to our team and should be in the mix at 149 pounds, where we have a handful of strong competitors already.
141 lbs. (Shalersville, Ohio/Crestwood)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Was a four-year letterwinner in wrestling, cross country and track and field at Crestwood High School… was a three-time state qualifier, placing sixth in 2012 and third as a senior in 2013… was a four-time Portage Trail Conference champion… holds school records in wins and pins for both season and career…posted a 164-28 high school record with 86 career pins… was a 12-time scholar athlete.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 30, 1994… son of Matthew and Karen Kager… undecided on a major.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: Dylan is a very accomplished wrestler coming from a strong high school program. He was a two-time state placer and was ranked as high as #1 in his weight class as a senior. He has tremendous upside and a strong work ethic, which will make our room better every day. We expect him to compete for the starting role at 141.
174 lbs. (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton/Akron)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Competed in wrestling, football and track and field at Barberton High School… led team in pins and tap outs… received Captains Award in football… Honor Roll student throughout high school career.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 27, 1990… parents are Andrew and Kristina Vance… Biology major.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: Nick adds a unique perspective to our team as an older first-time student and a former member of the Army.He was a strong competitor in high school and wanted to get back to the sport he loves at the college level. His discipline and leadership will be welcomed on our team.
Hwt. (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Earned four varsity letters in wrestling at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School... was a two-time state qualifier and place-winner… also earned high school All-American status twice.
PERSONAL: Born June 9, 1995… parents are John and Maria Linden… younger brother of Storm wrestler Josh Linden… Criminal Justice major.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: Austin is another light, athletic heavyweight with skills that cause a lot of problems for heavier guys. He comes from a program that is one of the premier public school programs in the state and he's very familiar with our program since his older brother Josh was one of our first recruits. Coming in after being a two-time state qualifier, we expect Austin to be ready to compete at this level right away.
184 lbs. (Toronto, Ohio/Toronto)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Earned three varsity letters in wrestling at Toronto High School… was a two-time section tournament placewinner and a two-time district qualifier… posted a career high school mark of 81-32… also played baseball… graduated with honors and was a member of National Honor Society, Varsity Club and Beta Club.
PERSONAL: Born July 10, 1995… son of Del and Rose Miller… Criminal Justice major.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: Andrew was a multiple-sport standout in high school and had a great senior year where he was close to making the state tournament. He's been a strong student, with over a 3.7 high school GPA and on the mat should be a competitor for spots at 184 and 197.
149/157 lbs. (Columbus, Ohio/Mifflin)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Wrestled at Mifflin High School in Columbus… took an undefeated record into the district tournament as a senior… posted 44 wins his senior year and over 100 victories during his high school career… named City League tournaments' "most outstanding wrestler"… two-time district qualifier, including a sixth-place finish… also played baseball and football.
PERSONAL: No information provided.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: Alec has huge upside as he comes into college. A competitive room and quality workout partners will help him transition quickly. Pound-for-pound, he may be the strongest athlete on our team.
149 lbs. (Concord Township, Ohio/University School)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Earned four varsity letters in wrestling at University School… was a state qualifier and team most valuable wrestler… posted over 90 wins and 50 pins in his high school career… also was a member of state playoff football team.
PERSONAL: Born April 10, 1995… son of Tiffani and Michael Monaco… International Business major.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: After a year away, Dom rekindled his love for wrestling last season and nearly made a third trip to the state meet. We're excited to see where his newly re-found passion for the sport will take him on our team because he has the ability to do very well at the college level.
197 lbs. (Concord Township, Ohio/Riverside)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year varsity letterwinner in wrestling at Riverside High School… was a three-time Ohio state tournament qualifier… twice placed in the top four in his weight class at the Ohio meet… ranked 11th nationally in 2012 and was named local wrestler of the year… also played football.
PERSONAL: Born Sept. 2, 1994… son of Mike and Laura Rosborough… Occupational Therapy major.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: Evan is a local standout who signed with us during the early period and is our first recruit to ever earn high school All-American honors. He's familiar with our program and is very excited to be part of the Storm. Evan is a pure wrestler and has great passion for the sport. With his mat skills, he should make a quick transition to the college game and will certainly challenge for a spot in our lineup.
125/133 lbs. (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Earned four varsity letters in wrestling at Barberton High School… placed fifth at the state tournament in the 120-pound weight class.
PERSONAL: Born Nov. 18, 1994… son of Dianne Mehok and Reed Shump… undecided on a major.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: Reed was a standout at Barberton and has shown great skill at the lower weights. He's proven that he can compete at a high level and we expect him to battle for time and to provide depth at the 125- and 133-pound weight classes.
141/149 lbs. (Canal Fulton, Ohio/Northwest)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Competed in wrestling, football and track and field at Northwest High School… earned All-Ohio honors in wrestling… holds school record for pins, takedowns and wins… also holds school record in 110-meter hurdles.
PERSONAL: Born June 7, 1994… son of Ernie and Lisa Smith… undecided on a major.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: Justin was a versatile two-sport standout in high school and his skills as a hurdler and runner in track give him an unorthodox wrestling skill set that poses trouble for many of his opponents. He should be in the mix for a spot in the middle weights.
125 lbs. (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grand Street Campus)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Wrestled for four years at Grand Street… named most outstanding wrestler at the Long Island Smith Town Tournament and the PSAL City Championships… Wingate Award winner… Honor Roll student and member of National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Born Oct. 25, 1995… mother's name is Rachel… undecided on a major.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: Keanu didn't start wrestling until ninth grade, but picked up the sport quickly and became a two-time New York state qualifier. He's still new to the sport, but learning every day. His wrestling talent is raw, but his upside his huge at the college level and we feel he can be a real diamond in the rough.
157/165/174 lbs. (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Earned four varsity wrestling letters at Clarkston High School… was the 2013 Michigan Division I state champion at 152-pounds… three-times named all-state, all-county and all-conference… selected as a member of Michigan Dream Team for the America's Cup tournament… 2012 Folkstyle All-American, two-time MYWay State champion and multiple-time MyWay All-State selection… posted an overall high school record of 140-36.
PERSONAL: Born March 13, 1995… son of Pete and Carol Vandermeer… younger brother of Storm All-American wrestler Matt Vandermeer… Criminal Justice Major.
Coach Hoogenboom's comments: Nick comes to Lake Erie with the same credentials that older brother Matt did, and Matt has gotten off to a great start in his career as our first All-American. Nick won the state championship at 152 pounds last year in Michigan and then went on to wrestle over 50 matches at the club and national level during the offseason. He's a tough competitor who will challenge guys in our room immediately because he's faced some of the best competition the U.S. has to offer and he should be ready to make an immediate impact.