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Matt and Nick Vandermeer Qualify for National Championships

Matt and Nick Vandermeer Qualify for National Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Matt and Nicholas Vandermeer punched their tickets to the 2016 NCAA Division-II National Championships Saturday (Feb. 27) at the Super Region-II Championships.

Matt (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) finished in second place while Nick (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) took fourth.

In the semifinals, Matt picked up a 3-0 decision Kade Kitchens to advance to the 165-pound finals.  In the finals, Vandermeer fell in a close battle to Nick Fishback of the University of Wisoncsin-Parkside by decision, 1-0.

This marks the third time Vandermeer has qualified for the National Championships.  In his first two appearances, Vandermeer earned All-American honors, including a runner-up finished last year.

Nick fell in his 174-pound semifinal match to Blaze Shade the University of North Carolina at Pembroke by decision, 3-2.  He bounced back with a 3-0 decision against Derrick Booth of Coker College.  In the third place match, Nick fell by decision, 6-4, to Jordan Murphy of Ashland University to finish in fourth.

This marks the second National Championships for Nick, a redshirt sophomore.

The 2016 National Championships takes place March 11-12 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

141-pounder Ian Ross (Newark, N.Y./Newark), 184-pounder Tyler Hughes (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and 197-pounder Evan Rosborough (Concord, Ohio/Riverside) also earned All-Region finishes.

Ross won his third round consolation match with a third round pin against Ross Benzel of Limestone College.  He fell by to Bryce Killian of King University but bounced back in the fifth place match, defeating Travis Slayer of Tiffin University to take fifth.

Hughes started the day with a 4-3 decision against Mikey Thomas of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  He fell to Brandon O'Neil of Ashland University but picked up an 8-2 decision against Dalton Lane of Shorter University to place fifth.

Rosborough fell in his first two matches of the day collected a first round pin against Brach walker of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to take fifth.

As a team, the Storm scored 66.5 points to finish in sixth.