PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College wrestling team hosts nationally-ranked West Liberty University Wednesday night, Dec. 14, in the 2011-12 home opener at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. It is also Youth Night as the Storm will welcome youth wrestlers from over 18 area programs to the dual meet.
The Hilltoppers (3-0), ranked 13th in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division II Poll, represents the fourth ranked team the Storm (4-4) will face in the past five days. On Saturday, Dec. 10, Lake Erie faced three ranked foes in its four matches, including the top-ranked team in the nation, at the Newberry College Duals.
WATCH THE ACTION LIVE: LakeErieStorm.com will provide a LIVE video webcast of all home dual meets this season, starting Wednesday night vs. West Liberty. To watch the match, click on the "Live Broadcast" button on the homepage or click the "Video" link on the wrestling schedule page next to the match listing or at the top of the preview story.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie posted a 2-2 record as a team at the Newberry Duals. The Storm lost to host and No. 1-ranked Newberry (47-0) and No. 18 University of North Carolina-Pembroke (25-15) before handling No. 17 Limestone College (29-12) and Anderson Univeristy (35-9). Individually, sophomore Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) went 3-1 at 174 pounds, winning his final three matches to improve to 9-3 on the year. Six others posted two wins on the day, including junior Justin Toth (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside/Mt. Union) and freshman Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) who were 2-0 and 2-1, respectively.
LAKE ERIE PROBABLY STARTERS (OVERALL RECORD, DUAL RECORD):
125 Austin Gillihan (5-4, 3-3)
133 Tom McVicker (4-6, 1-4)
141 Nate Ball (3-4, 2-2)
149 Zak Vargo (0-0)
157 Tyler Tesny (7-5, 4-4)
165 Matt Vandermeer (11-3, 6-2)
174 Zev Green (9-3, 5-3)
184 Jon Schafer (5-4, 2-3)
197 Mike Samiljenko (5-5, 3-4)
285 Bobby Zappitelli (3-7, 1-4)
THE OPPOSITION POSITION: After not receiving a single vote in the preseason coaches poll, West Liberty vaulted into the Top 25 a week ago at No. 13 after a 3-0 start to their dual season. Included in the Hilltoppers' hot start are a pair of road victories at perenial D-II powers the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Shippensburg University. Individually unbeaten J.D. Ramsey (8-0) is ranked sixth nationally at heavyweight and Nick Wykoff (7-2) is fifth at 141 pounds.
WEST LIBERTY PROBABLY STARTERS (OVERALL RECORD, DUAL RECORD):
125 Joe Wagstaff (3-4, 1-2)
133 Dillon Nolte (5-4, 1-2)
141 Nick Wykoff (7-2, 2-1)
149 Art Hobley (8-0, 3-0)
157 Jarrod Shaw (7-2, 1-2)
165 Jordon Nolan (3-2, 1-0)
174 Matt Littleton (4-3, 2-1)
184 Derrick Williams (6-4, 1-2)
197 Jacob Donley (7-2, 3-0)
285 J.D. Ramsey (8-0, 3-0)
UP NEXT: The Storm travels to Indianapolis, Ind. this weekend, Dec. 18-19, for the annual Midwest Classic at the University of Indianapolis.