(INDIANAPOLIS) – No. 25 Lake Erie had an exceptional first day of competition at the Midwest Classic hosted by UIndy this weekend. The Storm put four wrestlers into the semifinals and are in first place in the team standings out of 39 teams.
The Storm racked up 65.5 points to vault to the top of the leaderboard, three points ahead of second-place Maryville followed along with Lindenwood (55.5), McKendree (55.0), and Central Oklahoma (46.5).
Blake Glogouski, ranked No. 10 in the nation at 125, had a great start to the tournament as he went 4-0 on the day to advance to tomorrow's semifinals. He opened with an 8-2 decision over Erick Vargas from Central Missouri and followed with an 8-3 decision over Trent Piatt of Western Colorado.
In the quarterfinals, Glogouski avenged his defeat at the NCAA championships last season with a victory over Marcus Povlick of McKendree. It didn't come easy as the New Paris, Ind., junior won 4-2 in a tiebreaker. Tomorrow he'll square off against Carlos Jacquez of Lindenwood.
The talent runs in the family as Forrest Glogouski also weaved his way to the last four at 141. He earned a 10-4 decision over Urbana's Jared Ford and followed with a fall over Taquel Young in 2:50. The quarterfinal bout pitted him against Seton Hill's Tyler Kenney whom he defeated via 12-5 decision.
Nick Boggs joins them in the semis after also going 4-0 on the day in the 157 bracket. He dominated Quincy's Liam Kirkpatrick with 16-0 tech fall to start the day and followed with a 6-4 decision over Kevin Almond from Emmanuel. In the quarters, Boggs edged out Austin Palmer of Newberry in a 7-5 sudden victory. He'll take on Tyler Mann of Ouachita Baptist in the semifinals tomorrow.
Evan Loughman closed out a great day for the Storm securing a semifinal appearance as well in the heavyweight division. Keith Swartley of Gannon was the first victim with a pinfall at 4:05. Samuel Erckenbrack faced the same fate in a hastier fashion in just 28 seconds. Loughman provided the figurative hat trick with another fall over Jacob Robb of Mercyhurst in 2:21. His semifinal opponent will be Blake Berryhill of Central Oklahoma.
The largest NCAA Division II team tournament will resume and conclude tomorrow from Nicoson Hall.
Forrest Glogouski 141 into quarters
Nick Boggs in 157 into quarters