PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College wrestling team returns to the mat following a week off for final exams Saturday, Dec. 8, at the sixth annual Newberry Duals hosted by Newberry College.
At Newberry, the Storm (3-1, 0-1 GLIAC) will face Lindenwood University, Limstone College, 20th-ranked University of North Carolina-Pembroke and the fifth-ranked host Wolves. In addition to the two ranked teams, Limestone was listed among other schools receiving votes in the latest Coaches Poll.
LAST TIME OUT: Lake Erie rallied for a 23-13 win over Seton Hill University on Saturday night, Dec. 1, at home. The Storm trailed 13-11 with three matches remaining before getting decision victories from Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) and Mikey Samijlenko (Parma, Ohio/Normandy) at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively, and a pin from Almonte Patrick (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) to close it out at heavyweight.
IN THE RANKS: According to the national rankings released Dec. 4, sophomore Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) is third in the 165-pound weight class. Last season Vandermeer earned All-American honors with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
LAKE ERIE PROBABLE STARTERS (Overall Record, Dual Record)
125 Ian Ross (7-4, 2-2)
133 Austin Gillihan (8-3, 2-2)
141 Cobey Fehr (8-2, 3-1)
149 Nate Ball (11-3, 3-1)
157 Zak Vargo (4-2, 1-0)
165 Matt Vandermeer (8-4, 3-1)
174 Dylan Zivcic (9-5, 0-1)
184 Zev Green (10-3, 1-0)
197 Mikey Samijlenko (8-3, 2-2)
Hwt. Almonte Patrick (7-1, 1-0)
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FORECAST: The Storm travels to Indianapolis, Ind. next weekend for the annual Midwest Classic Dec. 15-16.