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Storm Wrestlers Rally Back for 23-13 Win Over Seton Hill Saturday Night

Austin Gillihan (Photo by Ryan Baker/Baker Media Productions)
Austin Gillihan (Photo by Ryan Baker/Baker Media Productions)

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Trailing 13-11 seven matches in, the Lake Erie College wrestling team rallied to win the final three contests of the night en route to a 23-13 victory over Seton Hill University on Saturday night (Dec. 1) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.

Junior 184-pounder Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) started the rally with a 5-2 decision over Dylan Bushby in a tough match that left both wrestlers bloodied and battered.  Redshirt sophomore Mikey Samijlenko (Parma, Ohio/Normandy) followed with a 3-0 win over Edwin Callendar at 197 pounds, picking up a first-round takedown and then holding his opponent at bay the rest of the match.

Freshman Almonte Patrick (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) put an exclamation point on the night with a pin of Eric Minerd 52 seconds into their heavyweight bout to seal the win for the Storm (3-1).  It was Patrick's first appearance this season in the Storm lineup.

The Griffins (2-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the opening bout of the night, a 4-3 victory by Steve Smith over sophomore Ian Ross (Newark, N.Y./Newark) in triple overtime.  Sophomore Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) got Lake Erie on the scoreboard with a major decision at 133 pounds, defeating Mike Grant 11-2 on the strength of back-to-back near falls late in the second period.

Seton Hill scored one-point victories at both 141 (6-5) and 149 (8-7) pounds to go up 9-4 before junior Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) earned a 13-5 major decision over Adam Moranduzzo at 157 pounds. 

Sophomore All-American Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) followed with a 3-0 win over Brett Smith at 165 pounds to put Lake Erie back on top at 11-9.  The 174-pound match went to Seton Hill's Zach Benzio by major decision, 13-4, which put the Griffins up by the aforementioned 13-11 score.

Green earned his 10th overall win of the season, while Gillihan Vandermeer and Samijlenko each earned win number eight on the year.  Patrick ran his record to 7-1 while Vargo improved to 4-2 after missing two weeks of action.

The Storm head south next weekend for the annual Newberry College Duals on Sautrday, Dec. 8.

Lake Erie 23, Seton Hill 13
Nov. 17, 2012 | Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center (Painesville, Ohio)

125:  Steve Smith (SHU) dec. Ian Ross (LEC), 4-3 (3OT)
133:  Austin Gillihan (LEC) maj. dec. Mike Grant (SHU), 11-2
 A.J. Fisher (SHU) dec. Cobey Fehr (LEC), 6-5
 Nick Nichols (SHU) dec. Nate Ball (LEC), 8-7
 Zak Vargo (LEC) maj. dec. Adam Moranduzzo (SHU), 13-5
 Matt Vandermeer (LEC) dec. Brett Smith (SHU), 3-0
 Zach Benzio (SHU) maj. dec. Dylan Zivcic (SHU), 13-4
184:  Zev Green (LEC) dec. Dylan Bushby (SHU), 5-2
197:  Mikey Samijlenko (LEC) dec. Edwin Callendar (SHU), 3-0
Almonte Patrick (LEC) pinned Eric Minerd (SHU), 0:52

Exhibition Matches
133: Levi Catalfu (SHU) dec. Mike November (LEC), 11-6
157: Gus Mohlhenrich (SHU) maj. dec. Jacob Brown (LEC), 8-0