PAINESVILLE, Ohio- The Lake Erie College wrestling team won five straight matches to comeback from an early deficit but the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals won the final two matches of the day to defeat the Storm 21-19 on Sunday (Jan. 15).
In the first match of the afternoon, Blake Glogouski (New Paris, Ind. / Fairfield) opened against Jacob Donahue for the Cardinals. After a scoreless first period, Donahue took a 3-0 lead after an escape and a takedown. Glogouski answered with a takedown late in the period but it was not enough to win the match. Donahue won by a 3-2 decision.
The 133-pound featured Andrew Lieb (Pataskala, Ohio / Watkins) against Nolan Whitely for the Cardinals. In the first period, Whitely got a takedown before Lieb answered with a reversal. Whitely got two takedowns in the second period and a key reversal and takedown in the final period. The Cardinals took a 6-0 lead following the 10-5 decision.
In the 141-pound matchup, Josh Pappas (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) fell behind Wheeling Jesuit's Daniel Romero early following an early flurry of offense. Pappas answered with two escapes in the first period before dropping the match via fall in the second period.
The 149-pound weight class featured two nationally ranked wrestlers. Nick Boggs (Concord, Ohio / Riverside) entered the matchup sixth and Wheeling Jesuit's Dominick Nania was fifth in the country. Boggs opened the match with four takedowns and two near falls in the first period. Boggs added a takedown and a near fall in the second period en route to a 20-5 technical fall. Boggs' victory cut the Cardinal lead to 12-5 through four matches.
For the 157-pound match, Christian Baughman (Wadsworth, Ohio / Wadsworth) took on Greg Brusco for the Cardinals. Baughman took a 2-1 lead into the second period following a takedown. Brusco earned a point for an escape to open the period but Baughman responded with a takedown and a four point near fall. He ended the second period with a reversal. Baughman got a takedown and a riding time point in the final period, earning a 13-5 major decision over Brusco.
Ninth-ranked Nick Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston) took on Nic Skonieczny of Wheeling Jesuit in the 165-pound weight class. Vandermeer got a penalty point in the first period due to stalling. Vandermeer escaped to start the second period and took control with a takedown. With a 4-0 lead going into the third period, Skonieczny got a takedown but it was not enough as Vandermeer won via a 4-2 decision. Vandermeer's decision win tied the match at 12.
At 174-pounds, Brendan Winning (Ravenna, Ohio / Ravenna) took on Reyse Wallbrown. Winning started the matchup with a takedown and Wallbrown responded with an escape. Winning started the second period on the bottom, reversed for two points and turned it into a four point near fall. Wallbrown got four takedowns in the final period but Winning was able to escape the final takedown with seconds remaining. Winning gave the Storm a 15-12 lead with a 12-11 decision.
For the 184-pound matchup, eighth-ranked Tyler Hughes (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) faced off against Wheeling Jesuit's Nathanial Starkey. Hughes opened the match with a takedown, and took a 2-0 lead into the second period. He added three more points in the second period on a penalty point and a reversal. Hughes made two takedowns in the third period and got a riding time point as he defeated Starkey by a 10-2 major decision.
12th-ranked Evan Rosborough (Concord Township, Ohio / Riverside) took on Terrance Fanning for Wheeling Jesuit. After a scoreless first period, Fanning got two points for a reversal. Rosborough escaped twice in the final period but Fanning had a late takedown and a riding time point. Fanning won by a 5-2 decision.
In the final match of the day, Evan Loughman (Thornville, Ohio / Sheridan) took on Maxwell Lacey. Lacey got three takedowns in the first period before Lacey pinned Loughman in the first period. Lacey's fall won the matchup for Wheeling Jesuit by a 21-19 victory.
The Storm will return to the mat on Friday (Jan. 20) as they host to number #2 Notre Dame College. The match is set to begin at 7:00 PM.