Storm Finishes Top 12 at NWCA National Duals

Photo by Baker Media Productions
Photo by Baker Media Productions

FORT WAYNE, Ind.— The Lake Erie College wrestling team finished in the top 12 at the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Duals Friday (Jan. 9) in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The Storm went 1-2 on the day, finishing in the top-12.

The Storm had a tough task in their opening round, facing second-ranked Maryville University.  Forrest Glogouski (New Paris, Ind./Fairfield) picked up six points at 125-pounds after a Maryville injury.  The Storm increased their lead to 9-0 when Ian Ross (Newark, N.Y./Newark) picked up a 7-1 decision victory at 133-pounds over Jesse Czerniewski.  Nick Boggs (Concord, Ohio/Riverside) continued to keep the momentum rolling for the Storm, picking up a hard fought 4-3 decision over James Krischke at 141-pounds.  The Saints then mounted a comeback, winning the next five bouts to pull ahead, 20-12.  Evan Rosborough (Concord Twp., Ohio/Riverside) got the Storm back on track, picking up a second round pin against Ryan Beltz at 197-pounds to cut the lead to 20-18.  However, the Storm was unable to pick up a win in the heavyweight contest as they fell 24-18.

In their second dual of the day, the Storm faced 12th-ranked Kutztown University.  Glogouski scored his second victory of the day with a technical fall over Nick Demarco in the opening match.  Ross was also successful in his second match, defeating Travis Roper 8-7 for a decision win.  Boggs had a big win at 141-pounds, pinning Matt Benvenuto in the opening minute.  Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) scored his first win of the day with a 13-2 major decision over Joe Esposito to increase the Storm lead to 18-0.  After Kutztown picked up a decision win at 157-pounds, Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) picked up a 7-0 decision win over eighth-ranked Bo Candelaria to give the Storm an 18 point advantage once again.  Nicholas Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) picked up six points at 174-pounds due to a Kutztown injury.  Kutztown scored a decision victory at 184-pounds but Rosborough picked up his second straight second round pin, this time over Brandon Clark, at 197-pounds.  Kutstown scored six points with a pin at heavyweight but it was not enough to overcome the deficit as the Storm captured the win, 33-12.

In their final dual of the day, the Storm faced 11th-ranked University of Central Oklahoma. Glogouski scored his third win of the day with a 7-0 decision over Zach D'Amico. Central Oklahoma won the next five bouts to move ahead 16-3. Nicholas Vandermeer picked up a hard fought 8-6 overtime win over Dylan Harmon at 174-pounds to cut the lead to 16-9.  Central Oklahoma picked up a decision win at 184-pounds before Rosborough picked up his third pin of the day, this time in the first round, against John Finn.  Central Oklahoma picked up the win at heavyweight to seal the win, 25-12.

-LEC-