ALLIANCE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie wrestling team opened its 2011-12 season with a second-place team finish at the University of Mount Union Invitational at McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.
The Storm had two individual champions and 11 top three finishes. Lake Erie scored 183 points as a team, easily ahead of third place Waynesburg University (147). Host and eighth-ranked (Division III) Mount Union won the team title with 200 points, while Ohio Valley University was fourth with 98.
Sophomores Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) and Chris Kelly (North Olmsted, Ohio/North Olmsted) had perfect days, going 4-0 to claim individual titles at 174 and 197-pounds, respectively. Green earned a pin in his first match and then won three straight decisions. Kelly, meanwhile, decisioned teammate Michael Samijlenko (Parma, Ohio/Normandy) in the finals at 197 pound.
Lake Erie had three top placers at 125 pounds. Freshman Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) was fourth, classmate Ian Ross (Newark, N.Y./Newark) was third and junior Justin Toth (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside/Mount Union) was second. Toth dropped a tough 1-0 decision in the finals to Alex Crown of Waynesburg after winning his first two matches by decision.
The Storm's other second-place finishers were sophomore newcomer Thomas McVicker (South Fork, Pa./Forest Hills/Prnn Highlands) at 133 pounds and sophomore Josh Linden (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) at 184 pounds.
Freshman Jon Schafer (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel), redshirt freshman Dylan Zivcic (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor/Lakeland) and sophomore Tyler Tesny (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) all had third place finishes. Schafer dropped his first match at 184 pounds but then won three straight, including a technical fall victory in the consolation bracket final. Zivcic went 4-1 at 149 pounds and Tesny finished 3-1 on the day at 157.
The Storm travels to Grantham, Pa. next Saturday, Nov. 19, for a quad meet at Messiah College. Lake Erie will wrestle host Messiah, Waynesburg and York College (Pa.).