(FINDLAY, Ohio) – The No. 14 Lake Erie wrestling team wrapped another successful tournament with seven student-athletes finishing in top eight at the Findlay Open today. Nick Boggs was the highlight of the day as the senior won first in the 157-lbs. weight class. Three others placed fourth, one fifth, and two others in the top eight.
Boggs cruised through to the semis after an 18-0 tech fall over Anthony Chambers of Edinboro, a 10-2 major decision over Eric Fasnacht of Ashland, and an 11-2 major decision over Indiana Tech's John Watkins. In the semis, he defeated Alex Faranchak 5-2 and eventually took gold with a 7-5 decision over Josh Jaeckin.
The Storm wrestlers that finished fourth included Tylor Orrison at 174, Jesse Palser at 184, and Brandon Houle in the heavyweight division. Orrison took a couple of big wins over Sterling Griffin 18-3 and Ryne Lewis 13-5 before eventually bowing out of the championship bracket. Palser picked up a fall over Nick Brandt of Indiana Tech, a 6-3 decision over Luigi Yates, and a 14-3 victory over Jack Michel of UIndy before doing the same. Houle had a pair of falls over Dan Burkhart of Gnanon and Carl Whitehead of Midway, then advanced to the semis with an 11-5 win over Ronnie D'Amico of West Liberty.
John Siemasz won 16-0 in his first bout over Jesse Jaime of Notre Dame College, then reached the quarterfinals on a 9-3 decision over Devin Rogers of Findlay. After a defeat there, he made his way through the consolation bracket and eventually won last facing Findlay's Josh Wimer.
Lake Erie now breaks for Thanksgiving and return to action when it hosts the Storm Open on Sunday, Dec. 2.