PAINESVILLE, Ohio— After sending a program record four wrestlers to the NCAA Division-II Wrestling National Championships and earning two All-American honors for the first time in 2013-14, head coach Kevin Hoogenboom and his staff looks to bring the program to the next level with a strong recruiting class heading into the 2014-15 season.
"I'm excited for our fifth season," said Hoogenboom. "We have the strongest group of core wrestlers returning in the history of program with eight wrestlers returning with national tournament experience and three All-American. With those student-athletes and our new class and it should be an exciting year."
14 wrestlers will join the Storm in the fall looking to make an impact. The recruiting class includes numerous state qualifiers from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana as well as three All-Americans.
"This class is strong on the mat and in the classroom," continued Hoogenboom. "There are several multiple-time state placers and guys who have national tournament experience. This group is very dedicated which is what it takes at the college level. Many of these guys will challenge for spots immediately with some providing exceptional depth. Every weight class will be contested this season and our wrestling room will be more competitive than ever. It's a great time to be part of storm wrestling ."
Below is the breakdown of the 2014-15 recruiting class and newcomers.
133/141 lbs. (Keego Harbor, Mich./West Bloomfield)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at West Bloomfield…three-time All-State and All-County selection…finished fourth at states in 2014…won county championship…help lead the Lakers to the 2014 League Championship…finished career with a school record 180 wins
133 lbs. (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner and senior year captain at North Royalton…2013 NOC Champion at 126-pounds…placed seventh at states in 2014…finished high school career with a 99-40 record
141/149 lbs. (Concord, Ohio/Riverside)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner and three-year captain at nearby Riverside…two-time state qualifier and placer…2014 High School All-American…2014 Top Gun Champion…two-time All-Conference first teamer…took fourth at the NHSCA Senior Nationals in Virginia Beach…two-time team MVP…finished career with a 148-31 record
133 lbs. (Elyria, Ohio/Elyria)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Elyria...earned All-American honors at 110-pounds at the Fila Cadets and at 119-pounds at the Nuway National Duals…state qualifier and district champion in 2012…All-Ohio selection…helped the Pioneers win three conference championships
141/149 lbs. (Parma, Ohio/Parma)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year member and three-year letterwinner at Parma…four-time district qualifier…earned four NOC All-Conference honors…two-time scholar athlete…helped the Redmen to three NOC LEL Championships…finished high school career with an 81-27 record
133/141 lbs. (Haubstadt, Ind./F.S. Reitz)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year member and two-year captain at F.S. Reitz…three-time state qualifier and two-time semi-state finalist…placed fourth at states in senior year…three-time sectional champion…conference and regional champion in 2013…Brook Babb Mental Attitude Award winner in 2014…named to Academic All-City Team selection…Century Club winner…member of the Reitz Wrestling Hall of Fame…helped the Panthers win the sectional title in 2013…finished high school career with a 136-23 record
149 lbs. (Clio, Mich./Birch Run)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letter winner at Birch Run…two-time state qualifier…placed fourth at states his senior year…finished high school career with a 165-48 record…also played one season of football
125 lbs. (New Paris, Ind./Fairfield)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Fairfield…four-time conference and sectional champion…three-time regional champion…two semi-state runner-up…took sixth-place at states sophomore and finished runner-up in senior year…finished high school career with 165-13 record…Placed 8th at NHSCA Senior Nationals. played four-years of baseball, earning three letters and helping Fairfield win a conference tournament championship…three-year member of the Falcons' football team, earning All-Conference and All-County honors…ran two years of cross country
165 lbs. (Van Wert, Ohio/Lincolnview)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Lincolnview…earned All-NWC honors…scholar athlete…finished high school career with a 118-40 record…also a four-year member of the cross country and track teams…MIP and scholar athlete on the cross country team, helping the Lancers win a conference championship
149/157 lbs. (Paris Michigan/Reed City)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner…three-time state qualifier…posted a 48-4 record in his senior year, finishing third at states…three-time All-Academic selection…ended high school career with a 156-52 record
165 lbs. (Aurora, Ohio/Crestwood)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Two-time district qualifier…missed state qualification by one match in his senior year…competed for the Titan Wrestling Club at the prestigious Disney Duals in the All Star Division
141/149 lbs. (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Crestwood…three-time state qualifier, finishing in sixth-place twice…four-time conference champion…scholar athlete…helped lead the Red Devils to four conference championships
149/157 lbs. (North Branch, Mich./North Branch)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at North Branch...earned All-State and All-Conference honors…took seventh at states…earned All-American honors at the 2013 Virginia Beach Duals…also played football and soccer
Paul Wellman IV
HWT (Doylestown, Ohio/Northwest/Malone)
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Transfer from Malone…Four-year letterwinner at Northwest…helped the Indians capture the Euclid Duals Championship…also a four-year member and senior captain of the football team…played in the Stark County East/West All-Star Game…2011 Culp Award winner for Best Offensive Lineman…2011 Repository Honorable Mention