NEWBERRY, S.C.-- The Lake Erie College wrestling team moved up to the number six spot in the Division-II Wrestling Coaches' Association Poll released Wednesday evening (Dec. 2).
The number six ranking marks the highest the Storm has been in the polls. Their previous best ranking was eighth last season.
"It's great to see all the hard work by our team is starting to pay off," said Storm Head Coach Kevin Hoogenboom. "We have a long way to go and have much bigger goals but it's nice to see our guys get recognized."
The Storm was revealed to be the top-ranked program in Division-II Wrestling Coaches' Association Super Region-II Poll released yesterday. Nine individual wrestlers found themselves ranked in the top six of their classes.
"The rankings are more for the fans and the parents," continued Hoogenboom. "We don't talk about them too much but focus more on the day to day work. Our team isn't satisfied with where we're at."
Lake Erie is off to a hot start this season, having several wrestlers place at tournaments early on. The biggest win of the season came at the Northeast Ohio Duals, where the Storm upset Division-I Cleveland State University in the semifinals.
At the Eastern Michigan Open to start the year, 125-pounder Forrest Glogouski (New Paris, Ind./Fairfield), 157-pounder Christian Baughman (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) and 174-pounder Nicholas Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) all finished fourth in a field of Division-I wrestlers.
Two-time All-American and 2015 national runner up 165-pounder Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Ohio), Nicholas Vandermeer, 184-pounder Tyler Hughes (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and All-American 197-pounder Evan Rosborough (Concord Twp., Ohio/Riverside) all finished within the top five of the University of Findlay Open.
Along with team rankings, the poll also featured individual rankings for each weight class. Baughman enters the 157-pound national rankings for the first time at the number eight spot. He currently leads the Storm with 10 wins this season with four decisions, four major decisions and two pinfalls.
The Storm is back in action Dec. 19-20 at the Midwest Classic held in Indianapolis.