PAINESVILLE, Ohio- Five Lake Erie College wrestlers will embark on Birmingham, Alabama this weekend for the 2017 NCAA Division 2 Wrestling Championships. The Storm will compete on Friday (March 10) and Saturday (March 11) at the CrossPlex Complex in Birmingham, Alabama.
Friday's action begins at 12:00 PM with the first two rounds. Saturday's semifinals will begin at 11:00 AM, with the finals starting at 7:00 PM.
Live Video: Streams for all matches for the weekend will be found on ncaa.com.
Live Results: Live results can be found on trackwrestling.com. There will also be updates on Twitter and Instagram via the Storm Wrestling account (@storm_wrestlin1).
Head Coach Kevin Hoogenboom spoke about the prep for the National Tournament, "Before regionals, we made the decision to push hard and really work towards our goals. We asked members of our team that were not going to regionals to come in every day to make their teammates better. It was a great team effort. I think that decision along with the dedication of the athletes propelled us to have 5 NCAA qualifiers. The five wrestlers that are going to nationals are wrestling the best they have the entire season. We kept the same mentality training up to our departure for nationals. We were going to make sure we were putting the work in."
Blake Glogouski (125)
The GLIAC Freshman of the Year is wrestling at his first National Tournament this weekend. Glogouski ended the regular season with a record of 8-5 with three pins. Four of his wins came against nationally-ranked competition. The 125-pounder won the Super Region 2 Championship in Indianapolis, punching his ticket to Birmingham. Glogouski is currently ranked third in the region and seventh in the country in the 125 pound weight class. Glogouski will face Kutztown's Austin Petril in the first round.
Glogouski said, "We have a lot of momentum going right now. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Tournament."
Nick Boggs (149)
Boggs is wrestling in his first National Tournament this weekend after Boggs finished second at the Super Region 2 Championships. The junior completed the season with a 26-8 record with seven major decisions, five technical falls and four pins. Boggs has four wins against nationally-ranked opponents, as two of them came against #1 Brent Fickel from Ashland at the Midwest Classic. He is currently ranked second in the region and third overall in the country. Boggs will take on #11 Dominick Nania of Wheeling Jesuit in the first round. Boggs and Nania have met three times this season, with Boggs winning two of the matches.
Boggs added, "I'm excited for the opportunity to compete at the national tournament and I'm happy that my family and friends will be there to support me as I get my shot to become Lake Erie Wrestling's first national champ!"
Nick Vandermeer (165)
Vandermeer is making his third appearance at Nationals this weekend. The junior has wrestled at the national tournament in the 174-pound weight class each of the last two years. Vandermeer won the Super Region 2 Championship to advance to Birmingham. He finished the season with a 25-8 record including six technical falls and three pins. The Clarkston, Michigan native defeated three nationally-ranked opponents, including his first round opponent. Vandermeer is ranked first in the region and ninth in the country. He will face Northern State's Sean Havlovic, the 12th ranked wrestler at 165 pounds, in the first round. At the Midwest Classic in December, Vandermeer defeated Havlovic by decision to finish third.
Vandermeer said, "I've been here twice before and I'm excited for another shot at the podium."
Tyler Hughes (184)
Hughes is wrestling in his first National Championship this weekend. Hughes finished third at the Super Region 2 Championships. He has a record of 31-7, as his 31 wins lead the team. 20 of his wins have come by decision. He went 6-1 in the dual schedule, the most of any wrestler on the team. Hughes is ranked third in the region and 12th in the nation. Hughes will face #3 JaVaughn Perkins (Colorado State-Pueblo) in the first round of the tournament.
Hughes is using a Teddy Roosevelt quote as motivation this weekend. "If he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Evan Rosborough (197)
Rosborough is making his third National Championship appearance this weekend, after he qualified in 2014 and 2015. He finished eighth in the 2014 Tournament. The Concord Township, Ohio native finished the season with a 20-6 record, with eight of his wins came via pinfall. Rosborough finished third at the Super Region 2 Championships, solidifying his third trip to Nationals. At Regionals, he defeated one nationally-ranked opponent in two different matches. Currently, he is ranked fifth in the region and 11th in the nation. He will face #6 Ethan Sherertz from Maryville in the first round. Rosborough faced Sherertz at the Midwest Classic, but fell by decision.
Rosborough spoke about his third tournament appearance, "3rd times a charm!"
Assistant Coach Andrew Romanchik spoke about the excitement of the tournament, "It's an exciting time. We have put in the work the last few weeks. The goal is five All Americans which should put us in a good spot for the team race. It's been a great first year coaching for me."
Hoogenboom concluded with, "I think we are ready to go. As long as each guys gives his best effort and focuses on wrestling the full seven minutes, good things will happen. And of course we want our guys to really enjoy the experience and have fun."