PAINESVILLE, Ohio-- After sending a program record five wrestlers to the NCAA Division-II Wrestling National Championships last season, Lake Erie Head Coach Kevin Hoogenboom and his staff looks to bring the program to the next level with a strong recruiting class heading into the 2015-16 season.
"There is a lot of talent in this class we hope to develop their skill sets even further while providing an optimal environment for success on all levels," said Hoogenboom. "Many of them will challenge for spots immediately and all of them will provide exceptional depth as we look to take our program to the next level."
Overall, 12 wrestlers will join the Storm this spring, including state qualifiers from Ohio, Michigan and New York.
"We feel this is the most well rounded recruiting class we have brought in since the we began the program," said Hoogenboom. "Along with their wrestling talents, our staff felt that all of our recruits fit the mold of successful students at Lake Erie College and are a bunch of good kids that love the sport and want to work hard. The average GPA for the incoming class is well over 3.0 which is very important to us."
Next season, the Storm returns eight starters from the Regional Runner-up lineup.
"One thing is for sure: The competition in the wrestling room will be at the highest level it has ever been," concluded Hoogenboom. "Starting roles won't be easily earned for any one including our upper classmen. We are ready to make a big jump this year."
Below is the breakdown of the newest members of the Storm:
Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Team Captain and three-year letterwinner at Grand Ledge… earned All-Conference and All-State honors… also a member of the football, cross country and track teams
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner at Twinsburg… two-time state qualifier… two-time All-Conference… Conference Champion… had most matches and most takedowns…ranked as the top wrestler in Northeast Ohio… also a member of the football team
Syracuse, N.Y./Onondaga Central
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Five-year letterwinner at Onondaga Central… placed third at states… two-time state qualifier… named state qualifier tournament MVP… Section Three Exceptional Senior Award recipient… also a member of the track and cross country teams
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner at Avon… state qualifier
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Two-time OHSSA placer and four-time qualifier at Watkins… four-year letterwinner… set school records for season and career two and three point near falls and career wins… two-time MVP and captain… placed second in Ohio Freestyle Tournament
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner at Sheridan… Finished third and fifth at states in his career… also a member of the track and field and football teams… finished third in the shotput in Ohio… Third-Team All-State honoree in football
Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Ohio/ Brecksville-Broadview Heights
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner at Brecksville-Broadview Heights… two-time state qualifier, finishing in fourth and sixth… AAU Gold Medalist All-American… also a member of the football team
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner at Mansfield… multiple MVP awards… three-time JC Gorman Champion… two-time OHSSA placer… state finalist
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner at Westlake… earned several awards throughout his career… also played rugby for two years
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Five-year letterwinner at Marcellus… five-time Sectional Qualifier and four-time Sectional Champion… set school record for most career wins with 143… also a member of the football and tennis teams
Fresno, Ohio/River View
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner at River View… two-time state qualifier… Team MVP… had most consecutive wins for River View
PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Two top-eight finishes in the OHSSA and a four-year letterwinner at Ravenna…. Three-time All-Conference…two-time League Champion… won 2014 Sectional Championship… 2014 District Runner-up