Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ranked opponents filling Lake Erie College's wrestling schedule

The Lake Erie College wrestling team should be postseason-ready by the end of the month.

Two weeks after seeing four ranked opponents at the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II National Duals, the Storm are preparing to host powerful Notre Dame College and  venerable Pitt-Johnstown. The Falcons and Mountain Cats are ranked first and 13th, respectively, in the most recent Division II poll. LEC (9-5) is ranked 16th

NDC visits LEC for a 2 p.m. dual meet Sunday. The Falcons (8-1) won the national duals and haven't lost to a Division II opponent in a dual meet since last January. Ohio State is the only team to defeat NDC this season. The Falcons took three bouts from the Buckeyes, who are ranked 11th in Division I.

Two days after facing NDC, LEC wrestles Pitt-Johnstown in Painesville. The Mountain Cats have won two NCAA Division II titles under longtime coach Pat Pecora. Next Tuesday's dual meet begins at 7 p.m.

LEC fell to 12th-ranked Mercyhurst, 24-12, last weekend. The Sorm faced seventh-ranked Kutztown, eighth-ranked Upper Iowa (twice) and 13th-ranked Ouachita Baptist at the national duals. LEC. Add it up, and LEC will have wrestled seven ranked opponents in a 17-day stretch.

The Storm have spent the entire season ranked in the Top 20, an encouraging sign with the postseason looming. The Super Region 2 Championships are March 1-2 in Tiffin. The NCAA Championships are two weeks later at Cleveland's Public Auditorium.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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