A Page -- June 13, 2012

Hoban alumnus Bill Schindel Named Head Wrestling Coach at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The University of Mount Union has named Bill Schindel its new head wrestling coach.

Schindel is the eighth wrestling coach in school history and takes over for Mark Hawald who recently resigned.

"We are all confident in Bill's ability to motivate our student-athletes both on the mat and in the classroom," commented athletic director Larry Kehres. "I know his hard work and dedication will allow our wrestling program to continue moving forward."

He spent this past season as an assistant coach at Mount Union and assisted in every facet of the program including administrative duties. This past season, the Purple Raiders captured their second straight Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament title and finished 15th at the NCAA Division III National Championships.

Schindel made the move off the mat after a stellar career for the Purple Raiders. He is only the second three-time All-American in team history after placing third at NCAA Division III National Championships in 2011, seventh in 2010, and eighth in 2009.

A three-time OAC Champion at 197 lbs, he ranks ninth on the school's all-time wins list with an 83-17 record over his three-year career as a Raider.

Schindel's accomplishments off the mat are just as impressive as those on it. He was a two-time NWCA Scholar All-American and received the Clyde Lamb Award, which is presented annually to the top male and female student-athlete from each OAC institution.

"I look forward to meeting the opportunities and challenges of taking over the wrestling program at Mount Union," commented Schindel. "We have great facilities, programs, faculty and staff. Coach Hawald did a great job of establishing Mount Union on the national level and I am excited to continue and grow that tradition in the coming years. This is my dream job and I am proud to stay a Raider."

A native of Tallmadge, he attended Akron Archbishop Hoban High School and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from Mount Union in 2011.

2012-13 Case Reserve Men’s Tennis Recruiting Class Ranked 17th by Tennis Recruiting Network

MARIETTA, Ga. – The Tennis Recruiting Network has released its third annual NCAA Division III Men's Recruiting Class Top 25 poll, and the incoming class for Case Western Reserve University is ranked 17th in the nation.

With seven incoming players, CWRU was one of five University Athletic Association programs ranked in the Top 25. Two incoming Spartans earned three-star rankings, while four earned two stars.

"The exciting part of this recruiting class is that it combines the best pieces of each of our previous three classes," said Head Coach Todd Wojtkowski.

Over the past three seasons, Case Western Reserve is one of only 10 schools to rank in the men's recruiting Top 25 each year.

"We've got a player that is a lot like 2012 graduate Sean Carr," noted Wojtkowski. "He only has a few years of playing experience, but he has a state championship on his resume. Then we have a player who is a hybrid of Will Drougas (2012 University Athletic Association Rookie of the Year) and John Healey (2012 NCAA Qualifier), because he's a lefty, a superior doubles player and a three-star recruit. We've got another guy that resembles Kyle Gerber (2012 NCAA Qualifier), and we've got another few players who are a lot like our senior class. They love to play other sports and that makes them good athletes."

Overall, Wojtkowski's incoming class represents seven different states from around the nation.

In 2011-12, the Spartans completed one of the best seasons in program history with a 15-8 overall record and the No. 17 ranking in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Poll – the best in team history. The team matched the best UAA finish (third) in its history and produced the UAA Rookie of the Year as well as qualifiers for both the singles and doubles portion of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. All three feats were program firsts.

2012-13 Spartan Recruiting Class:

Christopher Krimbrill (Scottsdale, Ariz.) ***

Viswajit Simhadri (Saratoga, Calif.) ***

Santiago Guerra (Midland, Mich.) **

Nicolas Erturkuner (Richardson, Texas) **

Peter Smetona (Hinckley, Ohio) **

Kishore Damodaran (Mahtomedi, Minn.) **

Louie Stuerke (Overland Park, Kan.) *

Crushers look to get out the brooms tonight

Written and Researched by Evan Meyer – Sports Vault

FIRST ‘UPS’-Former Cleveland Browns head coach Sam Rutgiliano once said to his team when they were in the midst of a losing streak in his first year “Lets just go out there today and just have fun” The Lake Erie Crushers could have said that as well as over the last two games they have had their way with the Washington Wild Things.

Tuesday night at All Pro Freight Stadium,the Red Black and White built an 8-0 lead and went onto win consecutive games at home for the first time this season allowing two runs in the top of the ninth en route to the 8-2 victory.Tonight they look for their first three-game sweep at the intersection of Interstate 90 & Ohio Route 611 in 2012 as LHP PAUL FAGAN takes to the middle of the diamond looking for his second win.The visitors from Western Pennsylvania counter with RBI Chris Smith who beat the Crushers late last year at All Pro 1-0







Vs East

Vs West

















CRUSHERS-WASHINGTON LIFETIME:Tonight’s game is the third of twelve regular-season meetings against the Wild Things…Washington’s other visit to Avon comes on July 28-30 while the Crushers two visits to CONSOL Energy Park come  on June 23-25 and August 3-5…LAST SEASON Lake Erie won the season series 6-4 and lead in the All-Time Series 24-12









June 11

All Pro

LEC 9 – WAS 4




June 12


LEC 8 – WAS 2





LAST NIGHT-RHP TREVOR LONGFELLOW has his best start as a Crusher with eight strong innings allowing just two runs and seven strikeouts improving his record to 2-0 as the Crushers won their first home series of 2012 with a 8-2 win over the Wild Things.2B BRANDON DECKER had two hits and two RBI his first hits since May 29th while CF ADRIAN ORTIZ extended his hitting streak to five games with his first homer in Red,Black,and White marking the third consecutive game the Crushers have homered. LF KELLEN KULBACKI also extended his hitting skein to five games while 1B RUSSELL MOLDENHAUER’s safety marked three straight games for him.RHP TRAVIS RISSER made his first appearance since coming off the DL and was a bit rusty allowing the two runs in the ninth but the game had already been decided




WHERE THE CRUSHERS ARE IN 2012:Lake Erie is 9-14 currently in seventh place in the Eastern Division…they are 3-11 at All Pro Freight Stadium…are 4-1 against the Eastern Division…Are beginning a stretch of 15 straight against the East… Seven games below  (7-14) has been the farthest the Crushers have been away from the .500 mark so far this season


THREE…THAT’S A MAGIC NUMBER-The Crushers have homered in three consecutive games thanks to CF ADRIAN ORTIZ’s solo homer in the fifth inning last night


DOMINATION AT HOME-The win last night marked the Crushers has won 16 of the last 17 over Washington at All Pro along with winning seven of the eight series against the Wild Things in their history in Avon…In addition,the Crushers have won the last four series overall against the ‘Wild Ones’


THE NEWEST CRUSHER-Before Monday’s game the Crushers released RHP MIKE INSELMAN and signed RHP ALEX LOFTIN who recently completed his collegiate career at the University of Akron..Loftin is 23 years old…native of Stow,Ohio (Stow High School)..was 3-4 this past spring for the Zips with a 3.12 ERA with a save…(15APP-11ST-75IP-75H-34R-26ER028BB-50SO)…In his career in Akron Blue and Gold he was 8-19 with a 5.27 EWRA (42APP-32ST-215IP-367H-159R-126ER-88BB-31SO)…His last start was a loss to Kent State on May 19th 2-1 had UA won that game they would have qualified for the 2012 MAC Tournament at All Pro


THAT SECOND FRAME-Going into tonight’s game with the Wild Things the Crushers have been outscored 23-5 in the second inning so far this season


THE LEADOFF MAN-CF ADRIAN ORTIZ went 1x4 last night extending his hitting streak to five games which included his first homer as a Crusher in the fifth inning.So far this season,he has been the only Crusher to play in the middle of the outfield and has been the leadoff hitter in the last sixteen games The native of Bayamon,Puerto Rico came to the Crushers  after spending last season with the Road Warriors team in the Atlantic League (IND) prior to that he spent four seasons in the Kansas City Royals organization after being drafted by them in the fifth round of the June,2007 draft


RETURN FROM THE DL-RHP TRAVIS RISSER came off the 14-day dsabled list last night pitching the ninth inning allowing the two runs on two hits with a walk…LAST YEAR Risser was 3-5 (3.72 ERA (35APP-6ST-76IP-77H-41R-28ER-20BB-51SO)…In 2010 Risser was 8-4 with a 2.70 ERA (20APP-19ST-113.1IP-98H-37R-34ER-30BB-58SO)…was unbeaten in his last nine starts (5-0 4ND) and he has not lost since June 2nd at home to River City 2-1… was one of five Crushers (three pitchers) at the 2010 FL All-Star Game in Marion.He came into the game in the fourth inning setting down the West All-Stars 1-2-3 (the only perfect inning of the game)… 26-years old…native of Palmyra, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia area)…played for John Massarelli in 2007 with the Washington Wild Things posting a 1.09 ERA in 25 appearances with six saves in 42IP…He did not pitch in 2009 due to a back injury…Signed by Tampa Bay after that season playing 2008 in their organization (Hudson Valley & Columbus)



LHP PAUL FAGAN (1-3 2.91 ERA)…Paul will be sixth his third start of 2012…His 50th lifetime appearance and 48th lifetime start as a Crusher

HIS LAST START was Friday night at All Pro going the distance falling to the Grizzlies 3-2 (9IP-7H-3R-3ER-1BB-4SO)

AGAINST WASHINGTON…Paul was 0-2 last year against the Wild Things with a 4.00 ERA (20IP-16H-12R-10ER-6BB-9SO)

IN 2011...Paul was 7-11 with a 4.30 ERA in 20 starts (127.2IP-117H-71R-61ER-41BB-89SO).The seven wins was second on the club to Josh Roberts’ 10…IN THE POST-SEASON Paul pitched game one of the series in Joliet losing to the Jammers 5-2 (42IP-7H-4R-4ER-1BB-3SO)

AT HOME…Paul is 0-3 with a 4.71 ERA (21IP-19H-12R-11ER-6BB-10SO)

PRIOR TO HIS RETURN TO THE CRUSHERS…Paul pitched for three teams in 2010.After he was traded by the Crushers to the South Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League,he did not make the team and started the campaign with the New Jersey Jackals in the Canadian-American Association where he was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (3ST-16IP-29H-18R-16ER-6BB-6SO). From there he went to the Joliet Jackhammers of the Northern League where he was 1-0 with a 5.19 ERA (6GP-4ST-26IP-30H-15R-15ER-15BB-13SO) and then finished 2010 with the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League going 3-8 with a 5.38 ERA (17GP-13ST-85.1IP-109H-65R-51ER-13BB-42SO)

IN THE 2009 POST SEASON…Paul was 2-1 with a 4.34 ERA (4APP-3ST-18.2 IP-22H-10R-9ER-6BB-7SO-5HR) the two wins coming against River City in the Championship Series

HOW PAUL CAME BACK TO THE CRUSHERS…Paul signed and made the Windy City Thunderbirds and was supposed to pitch against the Crushers on May 20,2011 (against Travis Risser) at Standard Bank Stadium but that did not happen

WITH THE CRUSHERS IN 2009…Paul came from Sioux City in the American Association and had a brilliant season going 14-3 with a 2.70 ERA (22GP-20ST-140IP-114H-50R-42ER-33BB-83SO)…Paul also went 2-1 in the 2009 Frontier League Playoffs as the Crushers defeated River City in five games to win the FL Championship and for Paul he was named the winner of the 2009 Brian Tollberg Award as the league’s top pitcher

SOME QUICK NOTES ON PAUL…He is 27 years old…native of Jacksonville,Fla…was a fourth round selection of Seattle in the 2003 June draft.,..played in the Mariners system with Everett Silvertips (A-Northwest League) and High Desert Mavericks (A-California League) from 2005-07

Mark Hawald becomes just the third head coach in CWRU wrestling history. (photo by Ryan Baker) 

Mark Hawald Named Head Wrestling Coach at Case Western Reserve

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Case Western Reserve University Director of Athletics Dave Diles has announced the hiring of Mark Hawald as the Spartans' new head wrestling coach. A former National Coach of the Year, Hawald spent the last five seasons as head coach at the University of Mount Union, where he built one of the top Division III programs in the nation.

Hawald is only the third head wrestling coach at CWRU since The University Federation in 1967. The late Bob Del Rosa coached the team from its origin through the 2010-11 season, and 2002 graduate Chris Nader led the program as interim coach in 2011-12.

"Mark Hawald brings unprecedented qualifications to our wrestling program," said Diles. "He was a highly decorated wrestler at John Carroll University, and his coaching credentials are remarkable. As a three-time Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and as the Division III National Coach of the Year, he has the experience and track record to lead the Spartan wrestling program. Moreover, I am particularly impressed with his international coaching experience and his overall vision for the advancement of our program. We are thrilled to welcome him to our department and university."

Hawald brings with him to University Circle an outstanding resume that includes back-to-back OAC Championships in 2011 and 2012, seven NCAA All-Americans, 11 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-Americans and one NCAA Top-10 finish.

A three-time OAC Coach of the Year, Hawald led the Purple Raiders to a 42-25 dual match record over the past five seasons and a program-best eighth-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championship Tournament in 2011. Also during the 2010-11 campaign, the Solon, Ohio-native was tabbed as the D3wrestle.com National Coach of the Year in Division III.

"I am excited to lead a program that is rich in history and tradition," said Hawald. "The world-class academic reputation and the resources at Case Western Reserve will allow us to recruit outstanding student-athletes who will help lead this program to a level of national prominence."

Prior to his time at Mount Union, Hawald served as an assistant coach at Notre Dame College (Ohio) for one season following his time as a student-athlete then volunteer assistant at John Carroll. While at JCU, Hawald was a standout wrestler as a four-time OAC Champion and 2004 All-American at 174 pounds. The Blue Streaks' all-time leader in career wins (122), Hawald was tabbed as the Clyde Lamb Award winner in 2005, in recognition as the institution's top male student-athlete.

Also a three-time Academic All-American, Hawald earned his Bachelor's Degree in accounting from JCU in 2005 and his Master's in Business Administration in 2007. In addition to his coaching duties at Mount Union, Hawald served an instructor in the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration.

The Spartan wrestling program has a long history of success both on the mat and in the classroom. Overall, Case Western Reserve has produced 19 All-Americans, four NCAA National Champions and 36 NWCA Scholar All-Americans. The program has also ranked in the top-10 in the nation for team grade point average four times, including posting the No. 1 ranking in Division III in 2007.