STORM CLOSES DUAL SCHEDULE THIS WEEKEND: The 18th-ranked Lake Erie College wrestling team returns to the friendly confines of the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center for the final time this season to face West Liberty University Thursday (Feb. 20) before heading to Gannon University Friday evening (Feb. 21).
RED, WHITE AND BLUE: Fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to the match. The most spirited fan gets a $50 Get-Go gift card! In addition, all military personnel receive free admission with military ID.
SENIOR DAY: Thursday's match against West Liberty marks the final home date for eight Storm wrestlers- Kevin Brunner, Brian Gelter, Josh Linden, Tom McVicker, Jared Merritt, Tyler Tesny, Zak Vargo and Bobby Zappitelli.
LAST TIME OUT: The Storm captured the program's and school's first ever Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Chmapionship, defeating the University of Findlay, Tiffin University and 17th-ranked Ashland University en route to championship. Dylan Kager, Zak Vargo, Tyler Tesny, Dylan Zivcic and Evan Rosborough were all named First-Team All-GLIAC while Keanu Thompson, Austin Gillihan and Chevy Farris were named All-GLIAC Second-Team.
SERIES HISTORY: This is the third straight year these two teams have met in a regular-season dual meet, with Lake Erie winning the first two meetings. Last year, the Storm defeated the Hilltoppers 39-6 on the road. The only blemish for the Storm was a forfeit at 125-pounds. The Storm faces Gannon for the fourth straight season. Lake Erie is 1-2 all-time against the Golden Knights, most recently defeating them in Painesville last season, 25-16.
OPPOSITION POSITION: West Liberty is 4-4 in duals this season, most recently defeated Srton Hill University on Feb. 18, 20-16. Gannon is 7-4 in duals this season, most recently defeating West Liberty 24-12.
|Weight Class||Lake Erie||West Liberty||Gannon|
|125||Keanu Thompson||Zach Brown||Matt Turek/Nate Reckner|
|133||Austin Gillihan||Bryce Gainer||Adam Weinell|
|141||Dylan Kager||Cole Nace||Johnny Marotto|
|149||Nick Bloch/Nate Ball||Dan Carpenter||Eric Lewandowki/Rocco Wellek|
|157||Zak Vargo||Bryan Skoff||Buddy Blotzer|
|165||Tyler Tesny||Mike Emery||Casey Pace|
|174||Jacob Brown/ Dylan Zivcic||
|184||Jared Merritt/Chevy Farris||Danny Doyle||Zack Zells|
|197||Evan Rosborough||Joe Congie||Trevor Beiter|
|Heavyweight||Bobby Zappitelli||Aaron Silverio||Nick Budd/Brad Beiter|