PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The #23 Lake Erie College wrestling team will compete at the Midwest Regional Duals this weekend at Belmont Abbey College, in Belmont, North Carolina. The Storm's schedule will feature six duels over two days on Friday (Jan. 26) and Saturday (Jan. 27).
On Friday, Lake Erie will compete against #22 King at 2:00 PM and Queens at 4:00 PM. Saturday will feature four duals against Coker (9:00 AM), #13 Newberry (11:00 AM), Limestone (1:00 PM), and Belmont Abbey (3:00 PM).
Storm Report: Lake Erie fell at #2 Notre Dame College on Tuesday (Jan. 23). The Storm enters the weekend with a dual record of 3-5 overall.
NCAA Rankings: Lake Erie dropped eight spots in the latest edition of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches' Association Poll, released January 19th. The Storm is tied for 23rd. Blake Glogouski (New Paris, Ind. / Fairfield) is ranked tenth in the 125 pound weight class. Nick Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston) is ranked seventh in the 165-pound weight class while Tyler Hughes (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) is ninth in the 184-pound weight class.
Technical Falls Leader: Vandermeer was named as the Division II leader in technical falls by time on Wednesday (Jan. 24) by the NCAA. Vandermeer is tied for first in D2 with six tech falls, totaling a span of 28:07 minutes, which is the quickest time of the three tied for first. He has picked up tech fall victories in duals against Kutztown and Upper Iowa at 165 pounds. He also picked up tech fall victories at the Mount Union Invite, Findlay Open and Midwest Classic. He currently has an overall record of 13-9 this season. The complete rankings for the NCAA award rankings can be found here.
Forecast: The Storm will host #18 Findlay on Saturday, February 3rd at 7:00 PM for Youth and Senior Night.