INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Lake Erie College wrestling team faced some of the top teams in the country at the 38th annual Midwest Classic, hosted by the University of Indianapolis on Saturday (Dec. 17).
Four wrestlers advanced to day two of the Classic for the Storm, including two wrestlers in the semifinals.
149-pounder Nick Boggs (Concord, Ohio / Riverside) went 3-0 on the first day, earning a spot in the semifinals. Boggs defeated James Wimer of Findlay in the first round with a 12-3 major decision. Wimer was the 3rd ranked wrestler in the 141 pound weight class. Boggs defeated Tyler Mies from Newman University by a 6-5 decision in the second round. Boggs upset the top-ranked wrestler in the 149 pound weight class, Brent Fickel (Ashland) with a 10-5 decision. In the semifinals, Boggs goes up against Tyler Stenberg of Northern State University).
165-pounder Nick Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich / Clarkston) also went 3-0 on the day, putting him through to the semis. In the first round, Vandermeer took down Tanner Druck (Seton Hill) with a 9-4 decision. Vandermeer pinned Dioran Coleman from Lindsey Wilson College in the first round of the second round matchup. Going up against the 4th-ranked wrestler, Kyle Jolas at 165 pounds, Vandermeer moved into the semifinals with a 17-2 technical fall. He will face Mercyhurst's Francis Mizia, the 3rd-ranked at 165 pounds in the semifinals tomorrow.
184-pounder Tyler Hughes (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) is one of two wrestlers still alive in the consolation bracket. Hughes pinned his first round opponent, Jordon Garlow of Coker in the first round. In the second round, Hughes defeated Allan Person of Central Missouri with a 3-0 decision. Hughes was pinned by the top-ranked 184 pound wrestler, Maryville's Zeb Wahle, in the quarterfinals. In his first match in the consolation bracket, Hughes defeated Limestone's Raekwon Reggler with a 6-5 decision. Hughes will face John Oss of Drury on Sunday (Dec. 18).
At 197 pounds, Evan Rosborough (Concord Township, Ohio / Riverside) went through to the quarterfinals with decision wins over Brody Conner (Indianapolis) and Wes Phipps (Mercyhurst). In the quarterfinals, Rosborough was defeated by Maryville's Ethan Sherertz by an 8-4 decision. Rosborough rebounded with a pin in the next match against Dillon Archer of Lindenwood. James Lehman of Wisconsin-Parkside is Rosborough's next opponent in the consolation bracket.
141-pounder Chayse Csongedi (Parma, Ohio / Parma) rebounded from a first round loss to have three wins on Saturday. Csongedi fell to the top-ranked 141 pound wrestler, Joseph Alessandro (Seton Hill) in the first round. Csongedi won his next three consolation matches in a variety of ways before he fell in the fourth consolation round. He won by a sudden victory, medical forfeit and pin in those three matches. A 3-2 decision in the fourth consolation round to Upper Iowa's Jordan Roths ended his tournament.
174-pounder Jesse Palser (Mansfield, Ohio / Mansfield) won his first two matches of the day before he lost the next two. Palser defeated Brenden Stanley of Ashland with a 10-2 major decision in the first round. In round two, Palser defeated Dalton Westerlund, the tenth-ranked wrestler, with an 11-5 decision. Palser dropped his last two matches by decision, including a loss to the eighth-ranked wrestler in the quarterfinal.