FORT WAYNE, Ind.— The ninth-ranked Lake Erie College Storm wrestling team advanced to day two of the prestigious National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Duals Friday (Jan. 8).
Day two of the tournament takes place on Saturday (Jan. 9), with the Storm opening up against the third-ranked University of Nebraska-Kearney.
The Storm started the day against the University of Central Missouri. 125-pounder Forrest Glogouski (New Paris, Ind./Fairfield) picked up a forfeit win in the opening match. 133-pounder Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) won the first contested bout of the dual with a first round pinfall against Daide Agnew. Alec Benedetti (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) followed up GIllihan's first round pin with one of his own against Caleb Crabtree at 141-pounds. Nick Boggs (Concord, Ohio/Riverside) kept the ball rolling for the Storm with a 19-4 technical fall against Steffon Fassett at 149-pounds. Fifth-ranked 157-punder Christian Baughman (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) also got a tech fall in his match, 20-4, against Tyler Horton. Sixth-ranked 165-pounder Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) kept the perfect dual alive for the Storm with a 15-4 major decision against Allen Person. 174-pounder Nicholas Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) picked up the seventh straight win for the Storm with a 10-7 decision over Archie Williams. 184-pounder Tyler Hughes (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) defeated Tyler Loethen by decision, 9-4. 197-Evan Rosborough (Concord, Ohio/Riverside) pinned Robert Schneider in the second round for the third pin of the dual for the Storm. Eighth-ranked heavyweight Evan Loughman (Sheridan, Ohio/Thornville) closed out the perfect dual for the Storm with a 3-2 decision over Nick Lovejoy.
The 47-(-1) (Central Missouri lost a point for mat control) win marked the second shutout of the season for the Storm and the largest margin of victory in program history.
In their second dual of the day, the Storm fell to defending NCAA Division-II National Champion and second-ranked St. Cloud State University, 32-6. Boggs and Rosborough picked decision wins for the Storm against the Huskies.
In their final dual of the day, the Storm faced the 12th-ranked University of Findlay. Glogouski opened the dual with a 10-4 decision of Mike Stewart at 125-pounds. Gillihan followed up Glogouski's win with a first period pin against Devin Rogers at 133-pounds to give the Storm a 9-0 lead. After the Oilers picked up wins at 141- and 149-pounds to cut the lead to one, Baughman picked up a 3-1 decision over Joey White at 157-pounds. Matt Vandermeer won a tight 1-0 decision against Nicholas Skonieczny at 165-pounds, followed by Nicholas Vandermeer's 2-0 decision over Alonzo Turner at 174-pounds. The 184-pound match between Hughes and Rand Caris went into sudden victory, where Hughes secured a take down for a 4-2 win. At 197-pounds, Rosborough pinned Dalton Ishmal in the second round. The Oilers won the heavyweight bout but it was not enough to overcome the Storm advantage, as Lake Erie moved onto day two with the 27-14 win.
Members of the Storm also competed at the Mat Mayhem Nuway College Open.
Brenden Scherer (Fresno, Ohio/River View) opened up in the 184-pound bracket with a 20-3 tech fall against Joseph Keller of Cornell College. In his second match, Scherer pinned Christian Dischler in the second round. In the quarterfinals, Scherer pinned Tyler Nelson in the second period to advance to the semifinals. Scherer fell in the semifinals but finished third with a 14-8 decision over Jeffrey Haley of Williams Baptist College.
Alec Mills (Columbus, Ohio/Mifflin) fell in his opening 174-pound match but rebounded with a 6-2 decision against Kasey Jauch of Cornell College. In his consolation match, Mills defeated Christopher Head of Baldwin Wallace College by major decision, 16-2. In the third consolation match, Mills pinned Sam Wilcox of Indiana Tech in the second period. In his next consolation match, Mills bested Ronny Ponick of Augsburg College by decision, 5-2. In the consolation finals, Mills defeated Franky Nassivera of Ithaca College by decision, 6-4, to advance to the fifth place match. In his final match of the day, Mills pinned Anthony Arroyo of Baldwin Wallace University to take fifth.
Conner Nemec (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) won his first round match at 149-pounds by major decision, 12-2, over James Renaud of Adrian College. After falling in the second round, Nemec bounced back with a 20-1 tech fall against Erik Cooley of Williams Baptist College. Nemec continued to roll in the consolation bracket with an injury default against Gilbert Valdez. However, Nemec fell in the fourth consolation round.
Noah Hosking (Milford, Mich./Milford) won his first heavyweight match with a first round pin against Stephen Black of the University of Cincinnati. In his second match, he defeated Logan Brown of Wheeling Jesuit University by decision, 8-3. Hosking fell in the quarterfinals before forfeiting his final match.