PEMBROKE, N.C.— A program record six Lake Erie College wrestlers team reached the semifinals on day one of the Super Region-II Championships Friday (Feb. 27), hosted by the University of North Carolina-Pembroke.
Overall, nine members of the Storm are still alive for day two with a chance to qualify for the NCAA Division-II Championships March 13-14. That number is the most in program history.
The top-four finishers in each weight class advance to Nationals.
After receiving a bye in the opening round, 125-pounder Forrest Glogouski (New Paris, Ind./Fairfield) picked up a pin over Patrick Mestrez of Belmont Abbey College in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals.
Nick Boggs (Concord, Ohio/Riverside) also received a first round bye at 141-pounds. In the quarterfinals, he picked up a 7-3 decision over Adam Yde of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside to move onto the semifinals.
Two-time All-American Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) picked up a third round pin against Hayden Fry of North Carolina-Pembroke in the opening round in the 149-pound bracket. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Nathan Galloway of Shorter University, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals.
All-American Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) won by major decision, 12-2, over Jared Costa of Anderson University in the opening round of the 165-pound bracket. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Nicholas Skonieczny of the University of Findlay 3-0 to move onto the semifinals.
Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) picked up a 12-4 major decision over Michael Gallagher of Anderson in the opening round of the 184-pound bracket. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Mikey Thomas of North Carolina-Pembroke 7-1 to reach the semifinals.
All-American Evan Rosborough (Concord Twp., Ohio/Riverside) made easy work of his opponents in the 197-pound bracket. Division-II's leader in pins picked up a two more against Jake Amellani of Wisconsin-Parkside and Gerald Beck of Findlay to make it to the semifinals.
Ian Ross (Newark, N.Y/Newark) fell in the quarterfinals by decision at 133-pounds. In his consolation match, he picked up a major decision against William Rees of Belmont Abbey to advance to day two.
Nicholas Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) fell in his opening match by decision at 174-pounds. In his first consolation round, he picked up a tech fall against Lucas Rooney of the University of Indianapolis. In his second consolation match, he pinned Rocco Hladney of Coker College in the second period to advance to day two.
Noah Hosking (Milford, Mich./Milford) won his opening heavyweight match against Cody Vandeline of Limestone College. After falling in the quarterfinals, Hosking rebounded with a second period pin against Fletcher Smith of Anderson to move on the second day of competition.
After one day of competition, the Storm currently sits in first-place with 58 points.