(ALLIANCE, Ohio) – Lake Erie opened up the wrestling season with a solid showing at the Mount Union Invitational with multiple grapplers placing, including four with runner-up finishes. Overall the Storm finished third with 100 points.
Gannon took the team title with 154. Seton Hill was second with 113.5.
Andrew Lieb advanced to the championship in 141 and finished second in the class after going 3-1. After an opening round bye, he defeated Sam Classco of Bellarmine 10-4, Bartiome Brandon of Ohio Northern 5-0, and advanced to the championship via forfeit. He squared off with Jordin James of Mount Union in the championship, but was defeated 9-6.
Honour Kline turned in a silver performance with second at 184. He defeated Mount Union's George Lassnick 8-6 and Belmont Abbey's Logan Branham 10-4 before being pinned by Joel Leise of Gannon. Chris Droege took second at 197 in a similar manner. After a bye, he defeated Mefford Cole of Ohio Northern and Donald Moses of Adrian 9-2. Thompson Cash of Ohio Northern took the title after a narrow 3-1 win.
Sean O'Hearon also had an impressive day at 157 to finished runner-up with a 3-1 record. He defeated Zack Brown of Brockport 8-2 before pins on Brandon Felkins of Gannon and Stephen Carder of West Liberty. Mitch Dean of Belmont Abbey ended up taking the title with a 6-3 decision.
Devin Uzelac scored a bronze finish in the heavyweight division. He defeated Jake Shaffer of Seton Hill via pin before being defeated in the next round. He proceeded to advance through the back draw to eventually win third after a forfeit.
Jake Donahue fourth place at 133. Defeated William Burgess of Seton Hill and Austin Hertel of Gannon. Defeated in the semis and third place match.
Braden Bilicic also placed fourth at 157. He took down Bradley Collins of Defiance via pin, Reginald Ryder of Adrian by Pin, and Sam Shaw of Adrian by major decision 13-3.
Other placers for Lake Erie included John Penfold taking fifth at 174.
The Storm will return to action next week at the Findlay Open.