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#23 Storm Returns to Mat at #4 Ashland (Preview)

#23 Storm Returns to Mat at #4 Ashland (Preview)

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The #23 Lake Erie College wrestling team will return to action following a two-week layoff with a dual at #4 Ashland on Saturday (Jan. 20) night. The dual will begin at 7:00 PM.

"It will be good to get back on the mat on Saturday. We had a longer break than anticipated due to weather so we are hoping to compete well against Ashland," said Storm head coach Kevin Hoogenboom.

Storm Report: Lake Erie is 3-3 overall in duals this season, following a 1-2 weekend at the NWCA National Duals two weeks ago. The Storm fell to #1 St. Cloud State and #10 Upper Iowa but came out victorious against Kutztown, who was receiving votes in the NCAA D2 Wrestling Coaches Association Poll. Sean O'Hearon (Albion, Mich. / -), Tyler Hughes (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) and Nick Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich. / Clarkston) all went 2-1 at the Duals.

National Rankings: Lake Erie dropped eight spots in the latest edition of the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches' Association Poll, released January 19th. The Storm is tied for 23rd. Blake Glogouski (New Paris, Ind. / Fairfield) is ranked tenth in the 125 pound weight class. Vandermeer is ranked seventh in the 165-pound weight class while Hughes is ninth in the 184-pound weight class.

Technical Fall Leader: Vandermeer was named as the Division II leader in technical falls on Monday (Jan. 15) by the NCAA. Vandermeer leads D2 with six tech falls, totaling a span of 28:07 minutes. He has picked up tech fall victories in duals against Kutztown and Upper Iowa at 165 pounds. He also picked up tech fall victories at the Mount Union Invite, Findlay Open and Midwest Classic. He currently has an overall record of 13-9 this season. The complete rankings for the NCAA award rankings can be found here.

Flashback: The Storm fell to Ashland last season at home by a score of 35-3.

Forecast: Lake Erie will travel to #3 Notre Dame College for a dual on Tuesday (Jan. 23).