A Page -- March 10, 2012 -- AM Edition

Lake Erie's Vandermeer clinches championship 

round in NCAA nationals

PUEBLO,  COLO.  – Freshman Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) won two matches Friday (March 9) at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Pueblo, Colo., clinching him a spot in the top eight at 165-pounds to guarantee him All-American status.  Vandermeer will be the first All-American in Lake Erie College wrestling history. 

Classmate Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area), the other Storm wrestler competing at the national meet, was eliminated from the competition after losing his first two matches.

After losing a 6-4 decision to fourth-ranked Joey Wilson of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Vandermeer rebounded with a 5-1 victory over Gannon University's Robert Blotzer.  He then decisioned Chris Watson of the University of Central Oklahoma 3-0 to earn a spot in the placing rounds.  It was his second win over Watson, who he also defeated at the NCAA Super Regional 2 two weeks ago. 

The victory in the consolation bracket's opening round was Vandermeer's 30th of the season at 165 pounds as he improved to 31-11 at that weight (32-12 overall) with his 2-1 mark Friday.

Gillihan was pinned in both his contests Friday. He fell to the country's top ranked 125-pounder, redshirt senior Corey Ulmer of Minnesota State University-Moorehead 49 seconds into the second round in the opening match and then was defeated by Newberry College's Jon Cronnin at 2:32. 

Following the two losses, Gillihan ends his season with a 19-17 overall record.

Vandermeer, who can finish as high as third at the tournament, will continue the competition on Saturday beginning at noon EST (10 a.m. local time) at Colorado State University-Pueblo's Massari Arena.

West alum Josh Malave

Two Mount wrestlers still alive after day one of 

NCAA nationals

LaCROSSE, Wis. -- Mount Union senior Derick Hesson (Dexter City/Caldwell) and Josh Malave (Rocky River/Lutheran West) are still alive after the first day of the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Hesson, who entered the tournament undefeated and as the No. 1 seed at 285, was upset 2-1 in overtime by George Saliba of York (Pa.).  Hesson came back and survived a scare in the first round of consolations with a 4-3 overtime win over Tom Bouressa of Concordia-Moorhead. He got another win in the consolations, 4-3 over Logan Renas of Olivet (Mich.).

At 141 pounds, Malave started with a 5-2 win over Kyle Windquist of Luther (Iowa).  Malave then suffered a tough 1-0 loss in the quarterfinals to Kodie Silvestri of Wartburg (Iowa) but came back with a 7-4 win to Michael Buhr of Cornell (Iowa) to assure him of All-American honors.

Junior Riki Reynolds (Marion/Pleasant) started his day at 125 pounds with a pin of Sean Ambrocio of Concordia (Wis.) but suffered back-to-back losses to Nathaniel Giorgio of Coast Guard (11-4) and Charlie Frankel of Delaware Valley (4-2).

Seniors Kevin Shadrach (Parma/Parma) at 149 pounds and Andy Jenkins (Stow/Woodridge) at 184 pounds each lost two-straight matches.

Action continues Saturday.

125 - Riki Reynolds
    Champ. Round 1 - Riki Reynolds (Mount Union) 11-4 received a bye () (Bye)
    Champ. Round 2 - Riki Reynolds (Mount Union) 11-4 won by pin over Sean Ambrocio (Concordia (WI)) 35-18 (Pin 3:20)
    Quarterfinal - Nathaniel Giorgio (Coast Guard) 32-5 won by decision over Riki Reynolds (Mount Union) 11-4 (Dec 10-4)
    Cons. Round 4 - Charlie Frankel (Delaware Valley) 26-9 won by decision over Riki Reynolds (Mount Union) 11-4 (Dec 4-2)

141 - Josh Malave
    Champ. Round 1 - Josh Malave (Mount Union) 30-5 won by decision over Kyle Windquist (Luther) 31-11 (Dec 5-2)
    Quarterfinal - Kodie Silvestri (Wartburg) 20-2 won by decision over Josh Malave (Mount Union) 30-5 (Dec 1-0)
    Cons. Round 2 - Josh Malave (Mount Union) 30-5 won by decision over Michael Buhr (Cornell College) 23-14 (Dec 7-4)

149 - Kevin Shadrach
    Champ. Round 1 - Anthony Dattolo (Wilkes) 32-0 won by decision over Kevin Shadrach (Mount Union) 36-7 (Dec 10-4)
    Cons. Round 1 - Ryan Warcynksi (Dubuque) 18-8 won by decision over Kevin Shadrach (Mount Union) 36-7 (Dec 5-3)

184 - Andy Jenkins
    Champ. Round 1 - Mike Denver (The College Of New Jersey) 33-0 won by major decision over Andy Jenkins (Mount Union) 25-11 (Maj 9-1)
    Cons. Round 1 - Andy Jenkins (Mount Union) 25-11 received a bye () (Bye)
    Cons. Round 2 - Erik Schott (Merchant Marine) 28-14 won by decision over Andy Jenkins (Mount Union) 25-11 (Dec 9-2)

285 - Derick Hesson
    Champ. Round 1 - George Saliba (York (PA)) 37-4 won in overtime over Derick Hesson (Mount Union) 37-1 (OT 2-1)
    Cons. Round 1 - Derick Hesson (Mount Union) 37-1 won in overtime over Tom Bouressa (Concordia-Moorhead) 6-6 (OT 4-3)
    Cons. Round 2 - Derick Hesson (Mount Union) 37-1 won by decision over Logan Renas (Olivet) 24-12 (Dec 4-3)

Mount Union upset in overtime

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Olivia Lett hit a shot at the buzzer to give Illinois Wesleyan a 70-69 win at Mount Union in the sectional semifinals of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship Friday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance, Ohio.

"It was the biggest shot of her career," stated head coach Mia Smith as Illinois Weslyan (25-5) will play fellow College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin member Carthage (Wis.) -- a 71-61 winner over Centre (Ky.) in the other semifinal -- Saturday night at 7 pm.

Lett had 14 of her game-high 26 points in the second half as she willed her team to a victory in a game that featured 11 ties and 17 lead changes before her last second heroics.

Mount Union (28-2) lost for only the second time this season -- first time since Dec. 3 (a span of 23 games) and first time at home since Dec. 2010 (a span of 25 games).

Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) had 22 points, Rosa LaMattina had 16 while Amanda Rose had 11 for the Purple Raiders who had their third highest turnover total of the year (19) and two costly ones in the final 1:44.

The entire game was played in a six-point margin as Mount Union held five-point leads on three separate occasions with the last time being with just over 14 minutes to play.  

Illinois Wesleyan also had leads of its own including a six-point margin, 64-58, with seven minutes to play.

The Raiders nine-straight from that point on to retake the lead, 67-64, on a LaMattina three with 5:07 to play.

Each teams traded just two more baskets the rest of the way before Lett hit the game winner.

"We did everything we wanted to do," commented Mount Union head coach Suzy Venet. "She (Lett) is a great player and made a play.  I feel for our seniors as they have given so much to our program."

Jurcak Fifth During Prelims, Qualifies for Saturday Finals

GRINNELL, Iowa – Case Western Reserve University senior Matthew Jurcak<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mtrack/2011-12/bios/jurcak%20matthew%20a088> (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) qualified for the national finals in the 60-meter hurdles with a fifth-place finish during the prelims on Friday evening at Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center.

Jurcak placed fifth during Friday's prelim with a time of 8.20 seconds. The senior entered the meet tied for the eighth-fastest time in the nation at 8.19.

Senior Austin Curbow of Otterbein University dashed to the fastest prelim time of 8.03. Finishers two through four joined Curbow ahead of the previous stadium record (8.19) as freshman Mike Judd of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and senior Tyler Jackson of Washington University-St. Louis each crossed the line in 8.07. Senior Sutton Coleman of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology was fourth in 8.09.

The 60m hurdles finals are slated for 3:55 p.m. (CDT) tomorrow afternoon.

Eastern and Central Michigan in MAC 

championship here today

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The FirstEnergy Mid-American Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament concludes Saturday as #2 Eastern Michigan will tip-off against #5 Central Michigan just after 1 PM at Quicken Loans Arena, for the conference tournament championship, and the right to represent the MAC in the 2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. 


Eastern Michigan enters the game following a dramatic, 59-57, win over Toledo in the semifinals.  The Eagles will be looking to senior guard and MAC Player of the Year, Tavelyn James, to lead them into their third championship appearance and second consecutive.  James will look to repeat her performance from a year ago as she carried her team with 19 of their 46 points, in the five-point championship game defeat.   For Eastern they will be in search of their first title since 2004.


Central Michigan enters the finals as the five-seed, and as a team on a mission.  Central Michigan is riding a seven-game winning streak into Saturday’s title game, having defeated Ball State, Ohio, Miami and Bowling Green, in a six-day span.  Central Michigan will be returning to their first MAC Championship game appearance since 1991, and in-search of their first title since they won back-to-back titles in the ’83 and ’84 tournaments.  Central Michigan will look to the All-MAC Freshman Team trio of Jas’Mine Bracey, Jessica Green, and Crystal Bradford to lead the Chippewas.


Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan split the regular season series as both teams took advantage of being on their home courts.  This will be the first ever meeting of the in-state rivals in the Mid-American Conference Tournament.


The MAC Championship game will tip-off at 1 PM Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena and can be seen on SportsTime Ohio, Comcast Michigan (900), ESPN Full Court, ESPN3 and www.mac-sports.com.

Martorella Finishes Twelfth Overall

Grinnell, Iowa- Oberlin Sophomore Molly Martorella placed 12th overall in the preliminaries on Friday evening. Her time on the night was 5:02.77.
Martorella did not place high enough to run in the finals, which are held tomorrow. The Winchendon, Massachusetts native has nothing to hang her head about, as she wraps up a very successful 2011-12 indoor season. She won the mile and 3,000 meter races to help the Yeowomen finish second in the NCAC, and was the only member of the Oberlin track and field team to qualify for the national meet. At the NCAC indoor meet she became the first woman to ever run the mile in under 5 minutes, with a time of 4:58.32
Head coach Ray Appenheimer mentions that it is an honor to make it as far as Molly did, and is very excited for her next two years running for the Crimson and Gold.
The track teams will have a slight break as they prepare for the outdoor season. Their first official outdoor meet is on March 30st at Emory, and will start at 11 a.m.


Hollinger Earns Third High Jump All-American Honor with 

Career-Best Finish in Iowa

GRINNELL, Iowa – Case Western Reserve University senior Erin Hollinger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wtrack/2011-12/bios/hollinger%20erin%207jfo> (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) earned her third career high jump All-American award with a career-best third-place national finish on Friday evening at the 2012 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship at Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center.

Hollinger cleared a height of five feet, five inches to tie Theresa Ford of rival Emory University (Ga.). However, Hollinger's mark came in one less attempt, giving the two-sport standout possession of third place. Hollinger entered the meet in a tie for seventh place in the nation with a height of 5'6.5."

Elizabeth Evans of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won the National Championship in the event with a mark of 5'10.50." Shelby Demos of University of Wisconswin-Whitewater hit the same height but was runner-up with one more attempt.

A four-time Capital One Academic All-American® between basketball and track & field, Hollinger is now a three-time All-American. Her two previous All-American performances in the high jump came via fifth-place finishes outdoors in 2009 and 2011.

Two Raider S/A's advance to finals

GRINNELL, Iowa -- Three Mount Union track and field Student/Athletes made the finals in their respective events on the first day of the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

In the 400 meters, junior Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) was second overall and won her qualifying heat with a time of 56.20.

Sophomore Taylor Kring (Salem/West Branch) made the finals in the 60 meter hurdles as she was seventh overall with a time of 8.91, while fellow sophomore Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak) got in the finals as she is seventh overall in the prelims of the 800 meters as she posted a time of 2:13.43.

The trio will run in finals of all those events along with the 4x400 meter relay with junior  Daryn Herman (Fairview Park/Fairview) on Saturday.