Two Place Third, Storm Finish 9th at Midwest Classic

Photo by Baker Media Productions
Photo by Baker Media Productions

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – With four wrestlers wrestling on day two of the 38th annual Midwest Classic, the Lake Erie College wrestling team used two third place finishes to earn a ninth place finish as a team.

Lake Erie finished ninth of 38 teams with 66 points for the tournament. Two wrestlers finished third, one finished fifth and another finished eighth for the weekend.

165-pounder Nick Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston) came back from a loss in the semifinals to earn a third place finish. Francis Mizia from Mercyhurst, the third ranked wrestler in the weight class, dispatched Vandermeer with an 11-5 decision. Vandermeer defeated 7th-ranked Alonzo Turner of Findlay on a tie breaker-1 in the consolation semifinal. Facing 5th-ranked Sean Havlovic (Northern State) in the 3rd place match, Vandermeer won with a 10-8 decision. Vandermeer finished 5-1 for the weekend.

184-pounder Tyler Hughes (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) won his final three matches of the tournament, finishing third overall. Hughes defeated John Oss of Drury with a 10-3 decision in the first match of the day. In the consolation semifinal, Hughes moved through to the third place match with a 5-3 decision against UNC-Pembroke's Mikey Thomas. Hughes took home third due to a medical forfeit against the 2nd-ranked 184-pounder Aero Amo (Augustana).

149-pounder Nick Boggs (Concord, Ohio / Riverside) opened Sunday with a loss in the semifinals. He fell to Northern State's Tyler Sternberg on a tie breaker-1. In the consolation semifinal, Boggs was defeated by the 7th-ranked Blake Clevenger from Ouachita Baptist by a sudden victory-1. Following the two losses, Boggs defeated Brent Fickel from Ashland with a 3-0 decision. Boggs upset Fickel twice this weekend, the top ranked wrestler in the 149 weight class.

197-pounder, Evan Rosborough (Concord Township, Ohio / Riverside) finished eighth for the weekend. In the first match on Sunday (Dec. 18), Rosborough was pinned in the first round by James Lehman of Wisconsin-Parkside. Rosborough finished eighth following a medical forfeit in the seventh place match.

The Storm will be back in action on January 13th, 2017 with their first duel. The first of eight duels will be at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.

-LEC-