WEST LIBERTY, W. Va. -- Facing another tough road test, the Lake Erie College wrestling team bounced back from this past weekend's defeat with an impressive 39-6 nonconference dual victory over West Liberty University Thursday night (Jan. 31) at the Academics, Sports and Recreation Center in West Liberty, W. Va.
The only blemish on the Storm's evening was a forfeit in the first match of the evening. With sophomore Ian Ross (Newark, N.Y./Newark) resting, Lake Erie was in a 6-0 hole before things got underway.
But once they did get underway, it was a one-sided night for the Storm (10-4). Sophomore Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) pinned Dillon Nolte early in the second period at 133 pounds to tie the match and junior Tom McVicker (South Fork, Pa./Forest Hills/Penn Highlands) and sophomore Nate Ball (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) followed with major decision victories at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively and the Storm were well on their way to a decisive win.
Junior 157-pounder Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) and sophomore 165-pound All-American Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) picked up decision victories by comfortable scores of 8-1 and 7-2, respectively.
Sophomore Dylan Zivcic (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) earned the team's third major decision of the night, defeating Andy Church 12-3 at 174 pounds.
The closest match of the evening was at 197 pounds, where sophomore Mikey Samijlenko (Parma, Ohio/Normandy) got by Danny Doyle by a 4-2 score.
Lake Erie also earned forfeit victories at 184 pounds and heavyweight.
West Liberty (4-7), which upset the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown earlier this season and was ranked as high as ninth nationally before falling out of the Top 20 in this week's Division II Coaches Association Poll, lost for the sixth time in seven duals.
The Storm, who received votes in the last three coaches' polls, will next be in action on Saturday, Feb. 2, when approximately 15 team members will compete at the annual John Suma Memorial Tournament at Baldwin Wallace University.
125: Joe Wagstaff (WL) won by forfeit
133: Austin Gillihan (LEC) pinned Dillon Nolte (WL), 3:34
141: Tom McVicker (LEC) maj. dec. Johnny McComas (WL), 14-6
149: Nate Ball (LEC) maj. dec. Dan Carpenter (WL), 13-3
157: Zak Vargo (LEC) dec. Art Hobley (WL), 8-1
165: Matt Vandermeer (LEC) dec. David Schlieper (WL), 7-2
174: Dylan Zivcic (LEC) maj. dec. Andy Church, 12-3
184: Zev Green (LEC) won by forfeit
197: Mikey Samijlenko (LEC) dec. Danny Doyle (WL), 4-2
Hwt: Almonte Patrick (LEC) won by forfeit