Lake Erie College split three dual matches going 1-1-1 as the host of a quad meet Saturday (Feb. 5) at the Jerome T. Osborne Athletic & Wellness Center.
The Storm tied Tiffin University, 24-24, in the opening match, narrowly defeated Ohio Valley University, 25-24, and closed the day with a 40-6 loss to Mercyhurst College.
Freshman Andrew Gasber (Madison, Ohio/Madison) led Lake Erie on the day with a perfect 3-0 mark at 165-lbs. Gasber picked up first pins in his first two matches before picking up a decision. Freshman Josh Linden (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) also went 3-0, with a pin at 184-lbs, a decision at 174-lbs and a forfeit.
"Andrew and Josh are our top wrestlers right now and both had really nice days," said Head Coach Kevin Hoogenboom. "With Regionals coming up in three weeks we think that these two guys, and a few others, can perform well.
Freshman 165-lb Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) and 125-lb Justin Toth (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) each went 2-1 on the matches. Green picked up a pair of decisions while Toth won by decision and forfeit. Freshman Tyler Tesney (Munroe Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) won his lone match against Tiffin, 5-4, in a third period comeback.
Against Tiffin, the first four matches were all decided by forfeit, three going in favor of the Dragons. Led by pins from Gasber and Linden, Lake Erie took the first four contested matches to take a 24-18 advantage. The final two matches went to Tiffin's Alek Hughes and Josh Franklin, but because Lake Erie limited both to decision wins, the Storm preserved a 24-24 tie.
Lake Erie got the win over Ohio Valley, 25-24, by taking three of the five contested matches. The bout came down to final contested match at 125-lbs. Toth trailed 2-0 early in the match before five unanswered points led to the 5-3 victory.
Against Mercyhurst, Gasber each won on decision, 12-5, and 7-3, respectively. Green nearly finished the day perfect as well, falling 3-1 in the closest match of that contest.
The Storm is idle until February 16 when they host Gannon University a dual match starting at 7:00 p.m. The match will be Blackout Night, sponsored by SAAC.