March 1, 2014

Four Wrestlers Punch Tickets to Nationals

TIFFIN, Ohio—The Lake Erie College wrestling team will be sending a program-high four wrestlers to compete at the NCAA Division-II National Championships held in Cleveland March 14-15 after a successful day two of the Super Region Two Championships held in Tiffin, Ohio.

141-pounder Dylan Kager (Shalersville, Ohio/Crestwood), 157-pounder Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy), 184-pounder Chevy Farris (Ferndale, Mich./Ferndale) and 197-pounder Evan Rosborough (Concrod Twp., Ohio/Riverside) will represent the Storm later this month.

2013 national runner-up Vargo will be making his second straight appearance at the Championships after capturing the 157-pound title- the first regional title in the school's history.  He started the day by defeating Taylor Knapp of Newberry College, 5-3, in the semifinals to move into the championship match.  In the championship match, Vargo bested University of North Carolina-Pembroke's Justin Pencook, 6-0, to capture the 157-pound title.

For Rosborough, Kager and Farris, it will be their first trip to the national scene in just their first year of eligibility.

Rosborough was unsuccessful in his semifinal match against Julian Smith of McKendree University, falling by decision.  In his consolation match, Rosborough defeated Taylor Scott of the University of Indianapolis, 6-2, moving into the third-place match and guaranteeing a spot at Nationals.  In the third-place match, Rosborough was successful, defeating Joe Grisko of Newberry by a 6-2 decision, to finish his first regional tournament with a third-place finish.

Kager continued to grind in the consolation bracket, defeating Taylor Wickett of Limestone College by major decision, 11-3, but fell to Darick Lapaglia of Maryville University in the following round, placing him in the fifth-place match.  In the fifth-place match, Kager had one of the best bouts of whole tournament, prevailing with a 7-5 decision over King College's Bryce Killian in triple overtime to finish the tournament in fifth-place and secure a trip to the Championships.

Farris opened day two by defeating  Marcus Dwaileebe of Belmont Abbey College, 8-6, in his first consolation match before falling to Bryson Hall of Ashland University, placing him in the fifth-place match.  In the fifth-place match, Farris overcame Josh Anthony of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a 10-5 decision to move on to his first National Championships with a fifth-place finish.

Tyler Tesny (Cuyahoga Falls/Cuyahoga Falls) finished in the top-eight of the 165-pound bracket with a 3-2 record.

Overall, the Storm finished sixth, accumulating 69 points throughout the tournament. 

The NCAA Division-II National Championships will be held at Public Hall in Cleveland March 14-15.   

-LEC-