INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Lake Erie College wrestling team competed at the 39th annual Midwest Classic on Saturday (Dec. 16) at the University of Indianapolis.
Three wrestlers advanced to the second day of the competition on Sunday (Dec. 17).
Eighth-ranked Tyler Hughes (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) went 2-0 on the day as he solidified his spot in the 184-pound weight class semifinals. Hughes opened his day with an 11-5 decision over Dalton Hahn of Upper Iowa in the second round. In the quarterfinal, Hughes advanced with an 11-1 major decision against Hayden Bronne from Tiffin. He will face Findlay's Brad Metz, seventh ranked in the country, in the semifinal.
Sixth-ranked Nick Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston) won all three matches in the 165-pound weight class, punching his ticket to the semifinals. Vandermeer defeated Kaleb Brooks of Central Missouri by a 15-0 technical fall in the second period. He followed up with a 9-1 major decision victory over Brett Bradford from Lindsey Wilson in the second round. He won his third straight match of the day in a 5-4 decision victory against Tyler Mann of Ouachita Baptist. He will face fourth-ranked Alonzo Turner of Findlay in the semifinals.
Jesse Palser (Mansfield, Ohio / Mansfield) battled back from an opening round loss to remain alive in the consolation bracket in the 197-pound weight class. Palser fell to Ryan Vasbinder of McKendree by a 3-2 decision in the first round. He won his first consolation match with a second period fall over Brett Bryant from Bellarmine. Palser continued his day with a 3-1 decision victory against Rakim Dean of Fort Hays State. He advanced to day two with a close 3-2 decision victory over Nick Weldon of Newberry. He will take on ninth-ranked James Lehman of Wisconsin-Parkside in the next consolation round on Sunday.
John Siemasz (Livonia, Mich. / -) and Quam Jackson (Corning Painted Post, N.Y. / Corning Painted Post) each won their first day of the match in the 149 and 157 pound weight classes, respectively.
Action will resume at Nicoson Hall at 9:00 AM on Sunday (Dec. 17) for the final day of the Midwest Classic.