INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Sophomore All-American Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) won the individual title at 165 pounds to lead the Lake Erie College wrestling team to a 12-place team finish at the 34th annual Midwest Classic tournament in Indianapolis this weekend (Dec. 15-16).
Junior Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) finished third at 157 pounds, leading the Storm with six victories at the tournament and posting a 6-1 overall record.
Vandermeer posted a perfect 5-0 mark. After receiving a first-round bye he won a apir of matches by decision before a thrilling 4-2 tiebreaker win over Mason True of the University of Findlay in the semifinals. True defeated Vandermeer at last year's regional meet and is currently ranked second nationally at 165 pounds. Vandermeer was fourth in the weight class heading into the meet. He then went on to defeat Upper Iowa University's Wade Gobin 5-1 in the finals.
Vargo won his first two matches before falling in the championship bracket third round. He then battled back through the consolation bracket with four straight wins – including a pair by major decision – and decisioned Taylor Knapp of Newberry College 4-2 in the consolation finals for third place.
Six other Storm wrestlers won multiple matches in the tournament and advanced to as far as the consolation brackets fourth round.
Lake Erie totaled 53.5 points to place 12th in the 26-team field.
The Storm is off through the holiday break, returning to action on Saturday, Jan. 5 when the team hosts the second annual Storm Open at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.