FINDLAY, Ohio-- The Lake Erie College wrestling team captured the school's first-ever Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship, defeating the University of Findlay, Tiffin University and 17th-ranked Ashland University at the GLIAC Duals held Saturday (Feb.1) at Findlay.
141-pounder Dylan Kager (Shalersville, Ohio/Crestwood), 157-pounder Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy), 165-pounder Tyler Tesny (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls), 174-pounder Dylan Zivcic (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor/Lakeland CC) and 197-pounder Evan Rosborough (Concord Twp., Ohio/Riverside) earned First-Team All-GLIAC Honors for their performances while Keanu Thompson (Brooklyn, Ohio/Grand Street Campus), Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) and Chevy Farris (Ferndale, Mich./Ferndale) were named Second-Team All-GLIAC.
In addition to being named First-Team All-GLIAC, Rosborough was named Newcomer of the Year, finishing the day at 3-0.
"Everyone stepped up and had a big part today," said Storm Head Coach Kevin Hoogenboom, who earned Coach of the Year honors. "Kager, Vargo and Rosborough really stepped up and led the charge for the Storm."
The Storm opened the duals against host University of Findlay, handily defeating the Oilers 31-13. After falling at 125-pounds, Gilihan picked up a 7-2 decision over Jarad VanVleet at 133-pounds. Kager followed up Gillihan's win with a 10-2 major decision over Nicholas Skonieczny. After the Oilers picked up their second pinfall at 149-pounds, the Storm won five straight matches. Third-ranked 157-pounder Vargo picked up a 3-2 decision over Jordan Cowell, followed by Tesny picking up a 4-1 decision over Bradley Metz. After Zivcic received a win via medical forfeit at 174-pounds, the Storm recorded two straight first-round pins. Farris pinned Alec Bissel in their 184-pound match and 197-pounder Rosborough, one of the nation's leaders in pins, pinned Gerald Beck to close out the win for the Storm.
The Storm defeated Tiffin University, 33-15, in their second match of the day. 125-pounder Keanu Thompson (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grand Street Campus) opened up the match with a first round pin over Kyle Holliday. Gillihan, the nation's leader in technical falls, notched another one with a 15-0 win over Adam Green. Kager picked up his second major decision of the day with a 10-1 victory over Tyler McCoy. After the Dragons scored their first win of the match at 149-pounds, Vargo picked up his second win of the day, this time an 8-0 major decision over Chase Boyd, followed by a 13-3 major decision by Tesny over the Dragons' Jared Chamber. Tiffin received a forfeit win at 174-pounds and the Storm's Farris received one at 184-pounds. Rosborough closed out the Storm's wins with an 11-2 major decision over Kaleb Matchett, placing the Storm in the championship match against 17th-ranked Ashland, whom the Storm lost to, 27-13, in November.
Thompson started off the final with a 13-2 major decision over Johnny Maurice to give the Storm a 4-0 lead. Gillihan suffered his first loss of the day, a 5-1 decision, to the third-ranked 133-pound wreslter in the country, Michael Labry, to bring the overall score to within one. Kager answered the Eagles win with a first-round pin over Robert Mason but Ashland respinded with a pin at 149-pounds to keep the score within one. Vargo picked up a 5-3 win over J.J. Diven at 157-pounds but once again, Ashland answered the Storm with a decision at 165-pounds. The back-and-forth continued as Zivcic picked up a 5-1 decision over Luke Cramer at 174-pounds before Farris fell to Bryson Hall, the nation's number two wrestler at 184-pounds, by decision.
Rosborough battled against the nation's sixth-ranked wreslter, Joe Brandt, at 197-pounds, with the freshman pulling off a 4-3 upset to give the Storm a 19-15 lead heading into the final heavyweight bout. Bobby Zappitelli (Painesville Twp., Ohio/Lake Catholic) fell by decision to Tyler Houska but it was not enough points for Ashland, as the Storm picked up a 19-18 win and the school's first GLIAC Championship.
"This is huge for our program and we are ready to build off this and finish the regular season and get ready for Regionals and Nationals," concluded Coach Hoogenboom.
The Storm return to Painesville for a dual meet against West Liberty University.
Lake Erie College vs. University of Findlay
125 Ben Sergent (UF) pinned Keanu Thompson (LE), 4:45