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Grapplers Earn Split at King Tri-Match, Vargo Runs Win Streak to Nine

Grapplers Earn Split at King Tri-Match, Vargo Runs Win Streak to Nine

BRISTOL, TENN. –  Sophomore Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) ran his consecutive win streak to nine straight and freshman Ian Ross (Newark, N.Y./Newark) won both his matches as the Lake Erie College wrestling team split a pair of matches in a tri-match with Ohio Valley University and host King College.

The Storm easily handled Ohio Valley 41-3, winning all but the final match, but came up just short to 16th-ranked King, 23-10 in a contest that featured four matches decided by two points or less.

Against OVU, Lake Erie led at one point 41-0.  After a forfeit for Justin Toth (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside/Mt. Union) at 125 pounds to open the day, Ross and sophomore Kevin Brunner (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) picked up decisions at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively.  Vargo pinned Timothy Parsons midway through the second period at 149 pounds and freshman Nate Ball (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) followed with a major decidision at 157 pounds.

Freshman Dylan Zivcic (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor/Lakeland) earned a forfeit at 165 pounds and freshman Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston), wrestling at 174 pounds for the first time this season, earned a 15-0 technical fall over Justin Smith.  Classmate Jon Schafer (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) followed with a tech fall of his own at 184 pounds and redshirt freshman Mikey Samijlenko (Parma, Ohio/Normandy) earned the Storm's final win at 197 pounds with a 4-2 decision.

Ross picked up a 5-1 decision against Cullen King, Vargo had a major decision win over Nic Stella and sophomore Josh Linden (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) won convincingly at 184 pounds in the matchup of two of the top six ranked teams in Region 2.  However, the Tornado won five of the last six bouts to break open a close dual.  Three of those matches came down to the final seconds and were decided by just a pair of points in two of them and the other was a 3-2 win by Frank Morgan over Samijlenko at 197 pounds.

The Storm's (8-11) dual meet season is now complete. Lake Erie will be off until the NCAA NCAA Division II Region 2 tournament Feb. 25-26 in Edmond, Okla.

Lake Erie 41, Ohio Valley 3
Feb. 11, 2012 | Student Center Complex (Bristol, Tenn.)
125: Justin Toth (LEC) won by forfeit
133: Ian Ross (LEC) dec. Josue Rodriguez (OVU), 6-2
141: Kevin Brunner (LEC) dec. Kyle Honeycutt (OVU), 6-2
149: Zak Vargo (LEC) pinned Timothy Parsons (OVU), 4:25
157: Nate Ball (LEC) maj. dec. Nicco Niday (OVU), 20-7
165:  Dylan Zivcic (LEC) won by forfeit
174: Matt Vandermeer (LEC) tech. fall Justin Smith (OVU), 15-0
184: Jon Schafer (LEC) tech. fall Seth Jack (OVU), 22-6
197: Mikey Samijlenko (LEC) dec. Chase Long (OVU), 4-2
285: Blak Lucas (OVU) dec. Bobby Zappitelli (LEC), 4-2

#16 King 23, Lake Erie 11
Feb. 11, 2012 | Student Center Complex (Bristol, Tenn.)
125: Jerelle McCabe (King) dec. Austin Gillihan (LEC), 6-5
133: Ian Rosse (LEC) dec. Cullen King (King), 5-1
141: Tywan Claxton (King) dec. Kevin Brunner (LEC), 11-7
149: Zak Vargo (LEC) maj. dec. Nic Stella (King), 13-4
157: Jeremy Miller (King) dec. Nate Ball (LEC), 4-2
165: Patrick Spano (King) dec. Dylan Zivcic (LEC), 7-1
174: Dyvon Passmore (King) dec. Matt Vandermeer (LEC), 9-7
184: Josh Linden (LEC) dec. Brandon Tressler (King), 10-3
197: Frank Morgan (King) dec. Mikey Samijlenko (LEC), 3-2
285: Dondricus Anderson (King) pinned Bobby Zappitelli (LEC), 1:46