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Matt Vandermeer Finishes Sixth at D-II Championships

Photo by Baker Media Productions
Photo by Baker Media Productions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Lake Erie College wrestling's Matt Vandermeer finished sixth at the 2016 NCAA Division-II Championships in the 165-pound weight class Saturday (March 12).

Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston), a fifth-year senior, ends his career as the Storm's first three-time All-American.  This weekend, he became the second wrestler in program history to record 100 career wins.  He was also just one-of-two Storm wrestlers to reach a Division-II Championship match.

Vandermeer faced Tyler Reinhart of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in the semifinals.  Reinhart scored first off a takedown in the first period but Vandermeer cut the lead to one with an escape.  In the final minute of the second period, Vandermeer reversed Reinhart who started on top to take a 3-2 lead.  Reinhart chose to start the third at a neutral position.  Neither wrestler scored in the period but Reinhart was awarded a point of riding time to send the match into sudden victory tied at three.  Thirty seconds into overtime, Reinhart completed a takedown to win the bout 5-3.

In the consolation semifinals, he faced Tyler McClean of Simon Fraser University.  McClean struck first with a takedown in the first period, which proved to be the only points of the opening three minutes.  Vandermeer started the second period on bottom and escaped to cut the lead to one, 2-1.  McClean elected to start the third on bottom and escaped to increase his lead to two.  Vandermeer was awarded a point for riding time but it was not enough as he fell 3-2.

In the fifth-place match, Vandermeer faced Francis Mizia of Mercyhurst University.  Mizia took Vandermeer down in the opening period and got two back points.  The second period started in a neutral position and saw no score.  Vandermeer elected to start the third on top.  He rode Mizia for 90 seconds before Mizia escaped to pick up the 5-0 decision.

As a team, the Storm scored 10 points, placing them in 29th place out of the 48 competing teams.