ERIE, PA. – The Lake Erie College wrestling team had its three dual match winning streak snapped by eighth-ranked Mercyhurst College Friday night (Jan. 13), 31-6, in Erie, Pa.
Sophomore Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) earned an 11-6 decision over Michael Griffith at 149 pounds and freshman heavyweight Bobby Zappitelli (Painesville, Ohio/Lake Catholic) won in overtime over Jeff Pollard, 4-2.
The Storm (5-5) narrowly missed wins in several other matches, including a triple overtime loss by freshman Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) to defending national champion Josh Shields at 165 pounds. Five of the host Lakers' (6-3) eight victories came by four-point decision or fewer.
Lake Erie will look to bounce back into the win column on Saturday night, Jan. 14, with a nonconference home match against Baldwin-Wallace College at 7 p.m.
#8 Mercyhurst 31, Lake Erie 6
Jan. 13, 2012 | Erie, Pa.
125: Ryan Bohince (MC) won by decision over Austin Gillihan (LEC) 14-10.
133: Kody Young (MC) won by major decision over Thomas McVicker (LEC) 12-1.
141: Jeremy Landowski (MC) won by pin over Kevin Brunner (LEC) 2:51.
149: Zak Vargo (LEC) won by decision over Michael Griffith (MC) 11-6.
157: Tony D`Urso (MC) won by decision over Tyler Tesny (LEC) 6-4.
165: Josh Shields (MC) won in overtime over Matt Vandermeer (LEC) 7-6.
174: August Mizia (MC) won by decision over Zev Green (LEC) 3-0.
184: Pat Leahy (MC) won by decision over Jon Schaefer (LEC) 9-5.
197: Michael Pollard (MC) won by pin over Mike Samijlenko (LEC) 3:45.
285: Bobby Zappitelli (LEC) won in overtime over Jeff Pollard (MC) 4-2.