Matt Vandermeer Advances to Semifinals at National Championships

Matt Vandermeer Advances to Semifinals at National Championships

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Matt Vandermeer and Nicholas Vandermeer represented the Lake Erie College wrestling team at the 2016 Division-II Championships Friday (March 11). 

Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) faced Nathaniel Ross of Gannon University in the opening round of the 165-pound bracket..  After a scoreless first period, Vandermeer scored the first points of the bout with an escape in the second period.  Neither wrestler scored the rest of the period.  Ross chose to start the third on bottom.  Vandermeer was able to ride out the period, picking up a point of riding time en route to a 2-0 decision.

In the quarterfinals, Vandermeer faced Devin Aguirre of the University of Nebraska-Kearny.  After a scoreless first period, Vandermeer scored the first point with an escape in the second.  He increased his lead to three with a takedown, followed by a near fall to bring the match to 7-0.  In the third, Aguirre landed a takedown to cut the lead to five but Vandermeer quickly escaped.  Up 8-2, Vandermeer scored his second takedown.  With a point of riding time, Vandermeer won by major decision, 11-2.

With the win, Vandermeer advances to the semifinals to face Tyler Reihnhart of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Saturday (March 11).  By reaching the semifinals, Vandermeer earned his third All-American honors, the first Storm wrestler to accomplish that feat. 

Nicholas Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) finished the day 1-2 in the 174-pound bracket.

Vandermeer faced Austin Harris of Western State University in his first round.  He landed a quick takedown, followed up with a four point nearfall to jump out to a 6-0 lead.  However, Harris landed his own takedown after he escaped to cut the lead to 6-3.  Vandermeer escaped the takedown, increasing his lead to 7-3 heading into the second period.  Vandermeer started the second period on bottom but was unable to escape.  He started the third on top.  He erased Harris' riding time.  Harris scored a reversal late in the third however Vandermeer held tough, as he finished the match with a 7-5 decision.

In the quarterfinals, he faced Adam Cooling of Minnesota State University-Mankato.  Cooling scored an early takedown but Vandermeer answered with the escape.  In the second period, Cooling scored the only point with an escape, increasing his lead to 3-1.  Vandermeer cut the lead to two with an escape in the third period.  However, he was unable to land a takedown, falling by decision 3-2.

In his consolation match, he faced Tarrence Williams of Colorado State University-Pueblo.  Williams finished a takedown in the first period but Vandermeer escaped just five seconds later to cut the lead to 2-1.  In the second, Williams scored a second takedown, once against matched by Vandermeer's escape.  Williams increased his lead to 7-2 heading into the third period.  Williams started on bottom and escaped to increased his lead to 8-2.  In the closing minute of the period, Williams completed a takedown.  Vandermeer escaped and picked up a point for stalling but was unable to overcome the lead, falling by decision 10-4.

-LEC-