EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Lake Erie College wrestling team competed at the Michigan State Open on Sunday (Nov. 5) afternoon.
Eight wrestlers competed in the Freshman/Sophomore Division while four Storm wrestlers competed in the Open Division.
Chris Droege (Austintown, Ohio / Austintown-Fitch) finished with two wins in the 197 pound Freshman/Sophomore bracket. Droege defeated Tanyi Besong of Notre Dame College by a 16-0 technical fall in the first round. He fell in the quarterfinal to Michigan State's Cole Nye in an 8-3 decision. Droege kept his day alive with a 2-0 decision win over his Lake Erie teammate John Penfold. He finished his day with a 2-2 record after a 7-3 decision loss to David Eli from Purdue.
Freshmen David Poff (Gowanda, N.Y. / -) and Jesse Younce (Dayton, Ohio / Carroll) each won their opening matches in the 125 and 174 weight classes, respectively. Poff defeated Gage Griffith of Ashland by a 13-0 major decision. Younce was a winner in a 3-0 decision over Jack Marsh from Eastern Michigan.
Tyler Hughes (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) and Jesse Palser (Mansfield, Ohio / Mansfield) both went 2-2 in the Open Division in their respective weight classes. Hughes began his day at 184 pounds with a 9-2 decision win over Emilio Fowler of Notre Dame College. He followed his first match with a 13-0 major decision win over Kyle Nixon from Davenport. He dropped his final two matches of the day against Jordan Ellingwood (Central Michigan) and Nick May (Michigan State).
Palser wrestled in the 197 weight class, opening with a close 5-4 decision over Matt Okaiye of Michigan State. Kobe Woods defeated Palser in the second round with a 5-3 decision. In his first consolation match, Palser battled Keavon Buckley of Arizona State in a 4-3 decision victory. In the second consolation match, Palser fell to Zachary Chakonis from Northwestern by a 2-0 decision.
The Storm will return to action at the Mount Union Invite on Saturday (Nov. 11).