NEWBERRY, South Carolina—The Lake Erie College wrestling team finished with a 4-1 record at the Newberry Duals held on Saturday (Dec. 7).
Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) and Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Cristian Academy) led the Storm with a 5-0 record on the day. Gillihan picked up two major decisions and two technical falls while Vargo, who is ranked second in the country at 157-pounds, picked up four pin falls. Tyler Tesny (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) also went 4-0, picking up one major decision and two pins. Chevy Farris (Ferndale, Mich./Ferndale) went 4-1, with one technical falls, two major decisions, and one pin. Jacob Peasley (Oxford, Mich./Oxford) went 3-0 with two pins and one major decisions. Jared Merritt (Cranesville, Pa./Northwestern) went 2-0, picking up a major decision.
The Storm opened up the day with a 29-18 victory over 19th-ranked University of North Carolina Pembroke. After forfeiting the 125-pound class, Gillihan opened up the match with a 15-0 technical fall at 133-pounds. After a second forfeit at 141-pounds and a loss at 149-pounds, the Storm went on a rampage, winning the next five bouts. Vargo at 157-pounds and Tesny at 165-pounds picked up first round pin falls in their matches. Dylan Zivcic (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor/Lakeland) at 174-pounds, Farris at 184-pounds and Evan Rosborough (Concrod, Twp., Ohio/Riverside) at 197-pounds followed up by winning their matches by major decision to secure the Storm win.
Lake Erie was unable to topple host 4th-ranked Newberry College in their second match of the day, falling 23-15. GIllihan picked up his second win at 133-pounds on the day with a major decision. Vargo picked up a 10-3 decision at 157-pounds against Taylor Knapp, who is ranked sixth in the country. Tesny also won his match with a decision at 165-pounds against Blake Ridenour, who is ranked third in the country. Zivcic picked up his second win at 184-pounds and Rosborough picked up his second at 197-pounds to cut the overall score 19-15 but Newberry secured the overall victory with a win at 285-pounds.
In their third match of the day, the Storm picked up a 30-21 win over Limestone College, dropping only one fully contested bout. After forfeiting the 125-pound and 141-pound classes, Gillihan got the Storm on the board with his third win at 133-pounds- this time a 20-6 major decision. Tom McVicker (South Fork, Pa./Forest Hills/Penn Highlands C.C.) followed up Gillihan's win with a pin fall in the second round at 149-pounds to bring the overall score to 12-10. The Storm took the lead when Vargo picked up a pin fall in the final second of the first round of the 157-pound bout, putting the Storm ahead 16-12. The Storm continued to roll with Peasley picking up a major decision at 165-pounds. Limestone picked up a win due to injury at 174-pounds to bring the Storm lead down to three but Farris picked up his second major decision of the day to bring the Storm's lead back up to 24-17. The Saints won the 197-pound bout by decision to bring the lead Storm lead to 24-20. In the final bout at 285-pounds, Bobby Zappitelli (Painesville Twp., Ohio/Lake Catholic) picked up a second round pin to secure the Storm win, 30-21.
The Storm fell behind early but were able to close out on a six-match winning streak as they defeated Coker College, 30-18, in their fourth match. Gillihan continued to roll, picking up a decision to start the match. Coker moved ahead, 18-3, with a pin at 149-pounds to go with their two forfeit wins. These would be the only points surrendered by the Storm. Vargo brought the Storm back with his second pin of the day at 157-pounds in the first round and was followed up by a pin by Peasley in the second round at 165-pounds. Tesny picked up his third win of the day with a major fall at 174-pounds while Farris picked up his third win at 184-pounds with a technical fall. Merritt picked a decision at 197-pounds and Zappetelli picked up his second win at 285-pounds to closeout the match.
In the final dual of the day, the Storm rolled passed Darton State College, 40-6. McVicker, Vargo, Tesny and Farris all picked up pins in their respective classes. Gillihan picked up a technical fall to complete his undefeated day. Peasley and Merritt each picked up major decisions while Zappetelli won by decision.
The Storm are back in action next weekend, competing in the Midwest Classic in Indianapolis, Ind.