Lake Erie College split eight contested matches at Mount St. Joseph College on Tuesday night (Jan. 11) but it was not enough in a 29-21 loss at the Hunnington Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Storm busted out of the gates with four wins out of the first five contest matches, all coming by major decision, technical fall or pins, but two forfeits and slip ups in the final three matches led to defeat.
"Having to give up two weight classes was really the difference tonight," said Head Coach Kevin Hoogenboom. "Our guys got out to a nice start and it was good to see our top guys who should go out and take care of those matches early do just that."
Lake Erie got off decisive wins in the first two matches. At 125-lbs, freshman Justin Toth (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) picked up his second dual win with a 16-8 major decision and at 133-lbs freshman Kevin Brunner (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) completely controlled the match in 19-2 tech. fall to pick up his team leading fifth dual victory.
The Storm was forced to forfeit the next two matches and freshman Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) dropped his 157-lb match but Lake Erie stormed back to regain a 21-15 advantage with pins in the next two matches. Sophomore Andrew Gasber (Madison, Ohio/Madison) needed just 2:45 to move his record to 4-1 in dual matches and freshman Tyler Tesny (Munroe Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) took just 1:20 in his first collegiate match.
Lake Erie dropped the final three matches with freshman Jared Merritt (Cranesville, Pa./Northwestern) the only one to go the distance in a 7-3 decision at 184-lbs.
The Storm is back in action on Friday night (Jan. 14) when they host just their second ever dual meet against area rival Notre Dame College with the action slated to start at 7 p.m.