CLEVELAND, Ohio—Four members of the Lake Erie College wrestling team are primed and ready for the NCAA Division II National Championships that will take place Friday and Saturday (March 14-15) at nearby Public Hall in Cleveland.
141-pounder Dylan Kager (Shalersville, Ohio/Crestwood), 157-pounder Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy), 184-pounder Chevy Farris (Ferndale, Mich./Ferndale) and 197-pounder Evan Rosborough (Concord Twp., Ohio/Riverside) will represent the Storm.
Vargo, a First-Team All-GLIAC selection and 2013 National Runner-up, enters the tournament ranked third in the country. At 157-pounds this year, Vargo has compiled a 24-2 record and is undefeated in opens. He has tallied nine pins and 12 decisions. Most recently, he won the 157-pound title at the Super Region II Championships. In his first match at the Championships, he will face Derrick Weller of Lindenwood University.
Rosborough, a First-Team All-GLIAC Selection and GLIAC Newcomer of the Year, enters the tournament in his freshman year after placing third at Regionals. Rosborough is in the top-10 of the country in pins, finishing the regular season with 11 in attached dates. Overall, Rosborough is 26-9 in his first year. He will face sixth-ranked Brandon Johnson of Notre Dame College in the opening round.
Kager, a First-Team All-GLIAC selection, qualified for Championships after a hard fought, triple-overtime victory in the fifth-place match at Regionals. In his freshman year, Kager finished 21-6, including an impressive 10-0 in dual meets. He has tallied six pins, seven decisions, five major decisions and one technical fall. In the opening round of the Championships, Kager will face third-ranked Charles Napier of Fort Hayes State University.
Farris, a Second-Team All-GLIAC selection, won his fifth-place match at Regionals by a 10-5 decision to qualify for the Championships. A redshirt freshman, Farris finished the season with a 14-9 record, including 10-5 in duals. He has tallied two pins, five decisions, three major decisions and a technical fall on the season. In the opening round of the Championships, Farris will have a rematch with top-ranked Travis McKillop of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
"We are very excited to have the finals in Cleveland," said GLIAC Coach of the Year Kevin Hoogenboom. "We need to move the program forward each year and we did that with four qualifiers this year. Now we are focused on getting four All-Americans. It should be a special weekend in Cleveland."
The event takes place at Public Hall in Cleveland. Sessions on Friday are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and will be at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available at the door for $8. Students with ID get in for $4. More information on the event can be found at http://www.clevelandsports.org/ncaa-wrestling.aspx.