BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – One Lake Erie College wrestler is still in contention after the first day of the 2017 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships held Friday (March 10) at the Crossplex.
Third-ranked Nick Boggs (Concord, Ohio / Riverside) is still alive after he went 2-1 on Friday. Boggs opened the tournament with a 6-2 decision win over #11 Dominick Nania of Wheeling Jesuit. In the quarterfinals, Boggs fell to #6 Keith Surber (Nebraska Kearney) by a 6-1 decision. Coming back in the second consolation round, Boggs clinched All-American honors with an 8-2 decision over #8 Brent Fickel of Ashland. Boggs will face Colorado Mines' Jacob Gerken in the third consolation round on Saturday (March 11).
12th-ranked Tyler Hughes (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) went 1-2 in his first National Championships. Hughes fell to #3 JaVaughn Perkins (Colorado State-Pueblo) by a late fall. Hughes battled back from a 2-0 deficit to take down #7 Uthman Rabiu of St. Cloud State. Hughes remained alive with an 8-2 decision. Hughes' tournament ended with a 12-2 major decision loss to #5 Corey Abernathy from Minnesota State. Hughes ended his season with a 32-9 record.
11th-ranked Evan Rosborough (Concord Township, Ohio / Riverside) concluded his career with the Storm following a 1-2 day on the mat. Rosborough opened the day with a first round pin against #6 Ethan Sheretz from Maryville. In the quarterfinals, #1 Jacob Waste (California Baptist) defeated Rosborough with a 10-2 major decision. Rosborough dropped his final match with an early pin against #10 Matt Blome from Minnesota State-Mankato. The senior completed his season with a 20-8 record. He concluded his Storm career with 99 wins, third most in program history.
Seventh-ranked Blake Glogouski (New Paris, Ind. / Fairfield) dropped both of his matches in his first National Tournament. Glogouski opened the day with an 8-3 decision loss to Kutztown's Austin Petril. In the first consolation match, the GLIAC Freshman of the Year fell to #4 Ronald Wardleigh (Western St.) by major decision. The 125-pounder finished his season 8-7 with a Regional title.
Ninth-ranked 165-pounder Nick Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston) was 0-2 in his third trip to Nationals on Friday. Vandermeer was defeated in a close first round matchup. Vandermeer fell to #12 Sean Havlovic (Northern State) by a 7-6 decision. In the first consolation round, he fell in a 6-2 decision to Christian Smith from California Baptist. Vandermeer finished the year with a 25-10 record.
As a team, the Storm is tied for 27th with eight total team points.
The second day of the tournament begins at 12:00 PM Eastern Time with the semifinals and consolation finals.