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Green Captures Title as Five Wrestlers Punch Tickets to Nationals

Green Captures Title as Five Wrestlers Punch Tickets to Nationals

PEMBROKE, N.C.— A program best five Lake Erie College wrestlers punched their tickets to the 2015 NCAA Division-II National Championships in St. Louis, Mo. with their performance at the Super Region-II Championships Saturday (Feb. 28) hosted by the University of North Carolina-Pembroke.

Zak Vargo, Matt Vandermeer, Nicholas Vandermeer, Zev Green and Evan Rosborough will advance to the NCAA Division-II Championships. 

Green had the top finish for the Storm, winning the 184-pound division, helping the Storm finish second in the region.  Head Coach Kevin Hoogenboom was named Coach of the Year.

Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) picked up a 3-2 decision against Jared Holliday of Newberry College in sudden victory to advance to the 184-pound finals.  In the finals, Green defeated Kurt Schaefer of Ashland University 3-1 to capture the 184-pound Regional Championship and earn his first trip to the NCAA Championships.

All-American Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) won his semifinal match against Wally Figaro of Shorter University 4-3 in overtime to advance to the 165-pound finals.  Vandermeer fell in the finals to Juan Stimpson of North Carolina-Pembroke to finish second and earn to his second appearance at the NCAA Championships.

All-American Rosborough (Concord Twp., Ohio/Riverside) bounced back from a loss in the 197-pound semifinals with a 3-1 sudden victory win against Stuart Nadeau of North Carolina-Pembroke.  He finished in third via forfeit to advance to his second straight NCAA Championships.

Nicholas Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) won his 174-pound third round consolation match against Brett Scoles of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside 3-0 to advance to the consolation semifinals.  In the consolation semifinals, Vandermeer picked up a major decision over Trevontay Rhodes of Anderson College, 11-2, to move onto the third-place match.  He fell in the third place match but still advances to his first appearance at the NCAA Championships.

All-American Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) fell in the semifinals of the 149-pound bracket but rebounded with an 11-3 major decision against Landon Reed of King University to move onto the third-place match.  In the third-place match, Vargo fell to Scott Bosak of Belmont Abbey College to finish in fourth and advance to his third straight NCAA Championships.

After falling in the semifinals, Boggs (Concord, Ohio/Riverside) picked up a 7-4 decision against Nick Lankford of Newberry to advance to the 141-pound third-place match.  In the third-place match, Boggs fell to Colby Rinehart of Shorter to finish in fourth.  However, Boggs fell in a wrestle-off for true fourth place.

Forrest Glogouski (New Paris, Ind./Fairfield) ended his first Super Region-II Championships in sixth-place at 125-pounds.

The NCAA Division-II Championships will be held March 13th-14th.