A Page -- May 4, 2012 -- AM Edition

Brett Ossola (photo by Lynne Browske)

Ossola Highlights Four Spartan Selections on All-UAA Baseball Team

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Four student-athletes from the Case Western Reserve University baseball team have been named 2012 All-University Athletic Association, announced the league office on Thursday. Senior first baseman Brett Ossola (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) highlighted the selections as a first-team honoree.

In addition to Ossola, the Spartans had three second-team honorees in junior shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge), junior pitcher Jamie Hora (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) and junior centerfielder Paul Pakan (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge).

Ossola, now a three-time All-UAA selection, earned second-team honors in both 2010 and 2011. This season, he tied for the team lead with a .329 batting average while totaling two homeruns, 26 runs batted-in, eight doubles, 14 walks and four stolen bases. Having started all 92 games during the past two seasons, Ossola is now batting .333 in 132 career games with six homers, 110 RBI and 32 doubles.

Keen also becomes a three-time All-UAA pick after earning first-team status during his first two seasons. In 2012, he batted .292 with team-bests of 38 runs scored and nine stolen bases. Also a UAA Championship All-Tournament Team pick, Keen hit a pair of homers with three triples, nine doubles and 24 RBI. He has started all 134 games during the past three seasons with a career .357 average, 38 doubles, nine triples, 10 homers, 102 RBI and 33 steals. The junior ranks second in school history in both triples and runs as well as third in hits. In addition to being a three-time All-UAA pick, he is a three-time UAA Championship All-Tournament Team selection and was the conference's Rookie of the Year in 2010.

Hora, an American Baseball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region selection last year, tied the school record with eight wins (8-0 overall) this season. Ranking second on the team with 62.2 innings pitched, the left-hander posted a career-best 4.16 earned run average and 51 strikeouts. In 38 career appearances, he is 18-5 with a 4.47 ERA, 10 complete games, two saves and 170 strikeouts in 177.1 innings of work.

Pakan, playing his first season as a Spartan after transferring from George Washington University (D.C.), batted .325 with a team-best seven homeruns. He also led the squad with 55 hits while totaling 29 RBI, 10 doubles, 34 runs, 14 walks and six stolen bases.

The Spartans finished the regular season at 27-16-1 overall with the second-highest win total in program history.

'Berg Baseball Ends Regular Season with Capital on Senior 


TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University baseball team will end the 2012
regular season Saturday by hosting Capital University in an Ohio Athletic
Conference doubleheader at Peaceful Valley in Tiffin, Ohio.  A sweep will
clinch a berth in the upcoming OAC Baseball Tournament for the Berg for the
10th straight season.  Seniors Daniel Brannum (Jamestown/Greeneview),
Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo/Start), Sly Nino (Willard), Ross Pruitt
(Elletsville, Ind./Edgewood) and Elvin Williams (Euclid) will play in their
final home game and will be honored following the conclusion of the

Live stats for both games will be available at
http://www.heidelberg.edu/statcrew/bb/xlive.htm.  In addition, both games
will be broadcast live on the 'Berg Athletics Network
<http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/heidelberg.portal> ).  Jeff Garvin
will have the call.

Heidelberg (23-15, 9-7 OAC) is riding a season-long six-game winning streak
following an 8-5 win Tuesday at Defiance, in which Lizcano collected six
total bases on his eighth home run and 12th double of the season, and now
stands alone as the school career leader with 425.

The Berg offense is paced by Pruitt and Lizcano.  Pruitt (.374, 33 RBI, 0
HR, 36 R) is fourth in the OAC in hits, fifth in runs-batted in and runs
scored, and seventh in batting average.  He also leads the team with 18
multi-hit games, including six with three or more safeties.  Lizcano (.331,
43, 8, 35) leads the circuit in home runs, slugging percentage (.669) and
walks (27), is second in RBI, sixth in on-base percentage (.459) and tied
for seventh in runs.  He also leads the team with 13 games with two or more
RBI and needs one triple to break a tie with Jeremy Wentworth (2006-09) for
the school career record.

On the mound, freshman right-hander Ryan Minteer (Venetia, Pa./Peters
Township) and junior righty Tyler Fruhwirth (Beavercreek) lead the starting
rotation.  Minteer (3.31 ERA, 31 K, 49.0 IP) is 3-2 in 10 appearances (seven
starts) with two complete games and one shutout.  He scattered four hits and
allowed one run while striking out six batters in a complete game effort in
his last outing.  Fruhwirth (4.31 ERA, 33 K, 56.1 IP) is 4-3 in 11
appearances (nine starts) with two complete games and one shutout.  He is
tied for sixth in the league in innings pitched. 

Brannum and junior right-hander Teddy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) have
combined to account for nearly 60 percent of the team's appearances out of
the bullpen.  Brannum (4.09, 37, 44.0) has made 21 appearances and is tied
for fourth in the OAC in wins (7-0) and tied for eighth in strikeouts.  Lowe
(5.04, 18, 30.1) is 3-2 with one save in a team-high 22 appearances.

Capital (15-20, 4-11 OAC) has won three of its last five games following a
doubleheader split Sunday with Columbus cross-town rival Otterbein
University.  The Crusader attack is led by Ryan Pearson (.330, 16 RBI, 0 HR,
22 R) and Patrick Jackson (.326, 33 RBI, 1 HR, 31 R).  Jackson is tied with
Pruitt for fifth in the OAC in RBI and leads the team with 16 stolen bases
in 16 attempts.

Robert Fravel and Garrett Griffin anchor the pitching staff.  Fravel (4.78,
14, 49.0) is 3-1 in 12 appearances (eight starts) with two complete games,
while Griffin (5.53, 22, 53.2) is 3-4 in 12 appearances (11 starts) with one
shutout and is 10th in the league in innings pitched.  Jeremy Finchum (4.99,
19, 52.1) has made nine appearances out of the bullpen and is 4-4, while
Michael Flegal (11.22, 27, 25.2) is 1-4 in 14 appearances.

The 2012 OAC Baseball Tournament will be held Thursday-Saturday, May 10-12
at either Marietta College or the University of Mount Union, each of which
has clinched no worse than the No. 2 seed.

Kline Named UAA Most Outstanding Field Events Performer

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – After winning three titles at this past weekend's conference championship meet, Case Western Reserve University senior thrower Amanda Kline (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) has been named the 2012 University Athletic Association Women's Track & Field Most Outstanding Performer in field events, announced the league office on Thursday.

Amanda Kline (middle) won three individual championships in Pittsburgh this past weekend. (photo by Marty Santek)

Kline capped off her final UAA Championship Meet in impressive fashion, notching individual event victories in the hammer throw and shot put on Saturday, as well as the discus throw on Sunday.

In the hammer, Kline won with a throw of 153 feet, one inch – exactly 19 feet better than the second-place finisher in the event. In the shot put, Kline out-distanced the competition with a career-best mark of 43'0.5," ranking 22nd in the nation this spring. She then made it a clean sweep in the discus with a personal-record toss of 143'1" to rank 13th in all of NCAA Division III this spring.

Combined between the indoor and outdoor championships this season, Kline posted five first-place finishes and one runner-up showing, giving her six league titles during her career.

Kline and several other Spartans will look to improve on their national rankings next Friday, May 11 at the Allegheny College (Pa.) Gator Invitational in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Kline looks to qualify for her first national meet with the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship set for May 25-27 in Claremont, California.

Debeljak Announces Second Wave of Spartan Football Recruits


CLEVELAND, Ohio – Case Western Reserve University Head Football Coach Greg Debeljak has announced the second wave of the Spartans' 2012 recruiting class. The 24 additions include players from 11 different states around the nation as well as one international recruit, increasing the team's incoming player total to 45 for the upcoming season.

"We are very excited to welcome 45 new players into our program," said Debeljak. "The 2012 recruiting class is our second largest in the last 10 years and is one of our most talented classes ever. We will have great competition in our pre-season practices and this can only help us towards our goal of winning our fifth UAA title in the last six years."

Head Coach Greg Debeljak (photo by Lynne Browske)

The Spartans (9-1 in 2011) have won four of the past five University Athletic Association Championships with three-consecutive NCAA Playoff appearances from 2007 to 2009. Over the last five seasons, the Spartans boast an overall record of 48-6.

View more information on CWRU's first 21 recruits by clicking HERE.

Second Wave of Recruits:

Danny Admire (Miami, Fla.) – Quarterback – Highlight Video
Bio to come...

Ben Allen (Gladstone, Mo.) – Inside Linebacker – Highlight Video
Earned four varsity letters at Winnetonka High School…named 2011 second-team All-Missouri at linebacker…also selected as first-team All-Suburban Small Seven Conference at both linebacker and tight end…two-year captain (2010-11) and WHS Defensive MVP (2010-11)…four-year academic letterwinner and honor roll student…son of Eric Allen.

Torin Colchagoff (Chester, Md.) – Defensive Lineman
Bio to come...

Everett Dishong (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) – Safety - Highlight Video
Earned three varsity letters in football as well as two in lacrosse at nearby Chagrin Falls High School…named Chagrin Valley Conference Defensive MVP in 2011…also an All-Ohio selection in both 2010 and 2011…chosen as second-team all-region in lacrosse in 2010…Chagrin Falls Cum Laude Society…Academic All-Ohio in football as a senior…AP Scholar with Distinction…son of John and Margaret Dishong.

Jordan Esteban (Miami, Fla.) - Defensive Back – Highlight Video
Bio to come...

Peter Francis (Hartland, Wis.) – Linebacker – Highlight Video
Earned three varsity letters in football and four in tennis at Brookfield Academy…football team captain and two-time Defensive MVP…two-time first-team All-Midwest Classic Conference North at linebacker…also a 2010 second-team All-MCCN pick at running back…qualified for tennis state tournament in doubles as a junior…AP Scholar…son of Michael and Marcella Francis.

Austin Haden (Oakton, Va.) – Outside Linebacker – Highlight Video
Earned three varsity letters in football as well as four in track at Culver Military Academy…named Indiana Football Coaches Association Academic All-State as a senior…posted highest grade point average on team in 2011…son of Fred and Cissy Haden.

Ezra Kim (Dublin, Ohio) - Running Back - Highlight Video
Earned two varsity letters in football and three in track at Dublin Coffman High School…named All-Ohio Capital Conference Honorable Mention in football…also tabbed all-conference in track…member of the National Honor Society…graduated Cum Laude…son of Dokyung and Suki Kim.

Mario Manacci (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) – Defensive Lineman
Earned two varsity letters in both football and track at nearby Kenston High School…served as a football team captain as a senior…named KHS Student of the Year in Social Studies and World Languages…son of Christopher and Patricia Manacci.

Connor Martinuzzi (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) – Outside Linebacker – Highlight Video
Earned two varsity letters at Grosse Pointe South High School…named All-Michigan Athletic Conference-Blue Division Honorable Mention…three-year scholar-athlete and all-academic team honoree…son of Randy and Dori Martinuzzi.

Logan Matt (Valley View, Ohio) – Wide Receiver
Bio to come...

Nate Nachazel (Wexford, Pa.) - Linebacker - Highlight Video
Earned two varsity letters in football and one in wrestling at North Allegheny High School…named a 2011 first-team All-Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Northern Seven selection…selected twice to the WPIAL Big School All-Star Team…also an honorable-mention All-PA honoree…Scholar-Athlete…son of Bob and Kathleen Nachazel.

Michael O'Donnell (Imperial, Pa.) – Defensive Back - Highlight Video
Earned three varsity letters in both football and baseball at West Allegheny High School…named to All-Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Honorable Mention team for both offense and defense…team captain for WPIAL Championship team…selected to the Penn/Ohio All-Star Game...recipient of the Guy Ripple Award...member of the National Honor Society…son of Mark and Cheryl O'Donnell.

Alex Ojeda (Sarasota, Fla.) – Kicker/Punter - Highlight Video
Bio to come...

Won Kun Park (Daejon, South Korea) – Kicker - Highlight Video
Competed in varsity football, soccer and tennis at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire…three-time first-team All-Evergreen League as a kicker…honor roll student from 2010-12…son of Yound Duk Park and Kyung Hee Kim.

KJ Pederson (Lancaster, Pa.) – Outside Linebacker – Highlight Video
Bio to come...

Gavin Sandidge (Pittsburgh, Pa.) – Linebacker – Highlight Video
Lettered in football and track at Central Catholic High School…named to 2011 All-Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Team…earned the CCHS Sean McSteen Award in addition to winning the Kyle B. Wilson Lift-a-Thon…honor roll student…recipient of an Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Scholarship…son of Gerald and Adria Sandidge.

Brendan Scheel (Lakewood, Ohio) – Outside Linebacker – Highlight Video
Bio to come...

Dayton Snyder (West Lafayette, Ind.) - Defensive End - Highlight Video
Bio to come...

Colton Sullivan (Washougal, Wash.) - Quarterback/Punter - Highlight Video
Earned three varsity letters in football as well as four in soccer at Washougal High School…served as a football team captain during both junior and senior seasons…named first-team All-Greater Saint Helen's League at both quarterback and punter as a senior…also tabbed second-team All-GSHL at kicker and honorable mention at quarterback as a junior…WHS Offensive MVP in 2011…National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete…four-year starter in soccer and team captain during final two years…three-time All-GSHL selection at defender with a first-team nod in 2012…three-time soccer team Defensive MVP…AP Scholar with Honors…National Merit Scholarship Program Letter of Commendation…GSHL All-Academic 10 times…senior class salutatorian…son of Matt and Laura Sullivan.

Scott Suren (Brunwick, Ohio) - Safety
Earned three varsity letters in football as well as two in basketball and track & field at nearby Brunswick High School…named first-team All-Ohio as a junior as well as first-team All-Inland District, first-team All-Northeast Ohio Conference  and first-team All-Medina County…also selected Medina County Defensive Player of the Year after tying a school record with eight interceptions…repeated as first-team All-NOC and All-Medina County as a senior…NOC Scholar-Athlete Team Captain…served as a team captain in basketball with an All-NOC Honorable Mention nod and team Defensive MVP honors…four-time NOC Scholar-Athlete…son of Dan and Connie Suren.

Justin Williams (Irwin, Pa.) – Defensive End – Highlight Video
Earned three varsity letters in both football and hockey as well as one in track & field at Penn-Trafford High School…team captain in football…named first-team All-Foothills Conference at defensive lineman in 2011 and offensive tackle in 2010…named to Tribune Review Terrific 25…member of the National Honor Society…son of Mark and Jennifer Williams.

Logan Treece (Winter Park, Fla.) - Center - Highlight Video
Earned two varsity letters at Winter Park High School…named All-Metro Conference as well as Offensive Line MVP…member of the National Honor Society and International Baccalaureate…AP Scholar with Honors…son of Todd and Kimberly Treece.

Ryan Zeccola (Bernardsville, N.J.) – Wide Receiver – Highlight Video
Earned three varsity letters in football, baseball and basketball at Bernards High School…named first-team All-New Jersey (Group Two), first-team All-Mid State 39 and first-team all-county in football…also tabbed second-team all-area…selected as a Mini Maxwell Award Winner…holds school records for receptions and yards in a season…named to NJFCA Super 100 as both a junior and a senior…two-time first-team All-Mid State 39 in basketball as the team's leading scorer…three-time first-team all-conference in baseball…Skyland Conference Scholar-Athlete…four-time BHS Scholar-Athlete (3.5 GPA or higher)…son of Glenn and Beth Zeccola.

Meek Earns Honorable Mention All-GLIAC

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – In his first year at Lake Erie College, junior Cory Meek (Madison, Ohio/Madison/Notre Dame College) was named to the 2012 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men's Tennis Team as an honorable mention selection. The league office announced the team, along with annual award winners, on Wednesday, May 3.
Cory Meek 

Meek played in the first singles and first doubles positions for the Storm in every match after transferring to Lake Erie from Notre Dame College.

Raiders take six-game winning streak into the tournament

The Mount Union softball team plays in the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament this weekend at Ohio Northern University in Ada. The Purple Raiders will play top-seeded regular season champion Ohio Northern at 1 pm in their opening game of the double-elimination tournament.

Mount Union Assistant to the Athletic Director for Communications and Marketing Lenny Reich will be providing a LIVE AUDIO BROADCAST of Friday's games and LIVE STATS will be available online as well.

Mount Union (20-18, 10-18 OAC) makes its 21st appearance in the OAC Tournament, which is second only to the 26 trips made by Muskingum. The Raiders have a 27-37 record in the OAC Tournament with a title in 2008 and a record 10 second-place finishes.

A year ago, the Raiders defeated the top-seeded Polar Bears in their opener before falling to Baldwin-Wallace in eight innings and then being eliminated by the Polar Bears. They hold a 7-4 advantage all-time in OAC Tournament games against Ohio Northern.

The Purple Raiders are the No. 4 seed but enter the tournament as the conference's hottest team, winning six consecutive games and eight out of nine overall. Their last loss came at Ohio Northern, 9-5, on April 15.


Mount Union's Sandy Douglas is in her 27th season as head coach and enters the tournament with a career record of 618-379 (.620). She became only the second coach in OAC history to win 600 games when the Raiders defeated Emmanuel (Mass.), 8-3, on March 6. Douglas guided Mount Union to its only OAC Tournament Championship in 2008 and has a 26-36 record in the tournament.


Mount Union uses a two-pitcher rotation and has a team ERA of 3.16 on the season and 3.33 in OAC games. The Raiders rank third in the conference in strikeouts (194) and fourth in ERA.

Senior Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) found her rhythm over the final month of the season. Willis (10-8) is 6-1 with a 0.93 ERA and 49 strikeouts in her last seven appearances and 6-3 with a 1.62 ERA and 55 strikeouts in OAC games. One of her conference-best five shutouts came in a 5-0 win at Ohio Northern last month. In that game, Willis had nine strikeouts and surrendered just four hits to the Polar Bears.

Willis is the lone member of just the second senior class in program history to qualify for the OAC Tournament all four years. Last year's seniors were the first class to accomplish that feat. A two-time All-OAC honoree, she ranks second with 14 career shutouts and is tied for fourth with 40 wins.

Junior Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) leads the team in strikeouts (93), complete games (16), and innings pitched (129). McAninch is 8-10 with a 3.69 ERA on the season, but has won her last three starts while allowing just six earned runs. Her last loss came last month at Ohio Northern. The Polar Bears exploded for 16 hits and 9 runs (3 unearned) off McAninch, who recorded eight strikeouts. She went 2-1 in three starts with a pair of shutouts against Ohio Northern last season.


Mount Union's bats have come to life in recent weeks. The Raiders rank ninth in the conference in runs (161) and last in batting average (.266). Over the final 12 games of the season, however, the Raiders hit .333 with 10 home runs and averaged 5.5 runs per game. That stretch began with a sweep of Case Western Reserve in which the Raiders had 18 runs, 26 hits, eight doubles and three home runs.

Junior outfielder Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) sets the table for the Raider offense from the leadoff spot in the lineup. Gromes is second on the team with a .336 batting average and is tied for the conference lead with six triples. She leads the Raiders in eight other offensive categories, including runs (33), hits (37), doubles (6), walks (19), and on-base percentage (.455). Her trio of three-hit games lead the team and her nine multi-hit games are tied for third.

Junior outfielder Marissa Earl (Massillon/Washington) has a team-best 28 RBI, is tied for the lead with five home runs, and is hitting .324 on the season. Earl's emergence over the last 12 games has been vital to the Raiders' run to claim the final spot in the OAC Tournament. She hit .442 with three doubles, one triple, three home runs, and 14 RBI during that time and has hit safely in six consecutive games. Earl leads the Raiders with nine multi-RBI games and is second with 10 multi-hit games.

First baseman Leigh Siedlak (Westerville/Westerville South) is among the top freshmen in the OAC. Siedlak leads the Raiders with a .364 batting average, is tied for first in doubles (6) and home runs (5), and is second in RBI (24). She leads the team with 11 multi-hit games and is second with six multi-RBI games.

Sophomore second baseman Shelby Carmichael (Dalton/Dalton) has a .286 batting average, is tied for the team lead with six doubles, and is tied for third on the team with 18 RBI. Carmichael, who had her 10-game hitting streak ended over the weekend, enters the OAC Tournament as one of the Raiders' hottest hitters. She is hitting .447 with four doubles, a home run, and eight RBI over the last 12 games.

Sophomore catcher Brittany Papp (Uniontown/Green) is hitting .291 with 18 RBI and is tied for the team lead with six doubles. Papp hit .389 with four RBI and her only home run of the season in six games against the other three participants in Ada this weekend.

Sophomore designated player Brenna Longo (Moon, Pa./Moon) was inserted into the pitcher's spot in batting lineup 12 games ago and Mount Union has lost just twice since. During that span, Longo is hitting .333 with five doubles.

Scouting Ohio Northern

The Polar Bears (24-9, 14-3 OAC) won their fourth consecutive regular season title and are ranked 24th in the final NFCA Division III Coaches Poll. Ohio Northern lost just twice at home this season, but one of those losses was to Mount Union. They swept John Carroll and Otterbein by a combined score of 34-7.

Ohio Northern's lineup hits .357, which is 13th in the nation, and is led by senior catcher Kimi Blewett. Blewett leads the OAC with 10 home runs to go with two doubles, 34 RBI, and a .371 batting average. Freshman outfielder Kelly Sheridan has a team-best 37 RBI to go with five home runs and a .364 batting average while sophomore outfielder Christin Miller is hitting a conference-best .473 from the plate. Senior second baseman Jackie Mangola, a two-time Gayle Lauth OAC Player-of-the-Year selection, is batting .304 with 19 RBI.

Junior Abbey Bensing has been the top pitcher for the Polar Bears. Bensing is 11-4 with 81 strikeouts and a 2.14 ERA, which is the second-lowest in the OAC. She allowed five earned runs on 13 hits in a loss to Mount Union earlier this season, but has a 4-0 record since.

Scouting John Carroll

The Blue Streaks (27-13, 12-6 OAC) clinched the No. 2 seed by winning eight of its final nine OAC games, including a sweep of first round opponent Otterbein. Runner-up last year, John Carroll won its first OAC Tournament in 2010. They split their six games against the other participants this weekend.

Senior Brittany Danilov followed last season's John Wells OAC Pitcher-of-the-Year selection with a 19-5 record and 2.33 ERA. Danilov leads the OAC in wins, innings pitched (159.1), strikeouts (177), saves (3), and is tied for the lead in shutouts (5). She threw a no-hitter against Otterbein on April 15th.

At the plate, the Blue Streaks hit .306 and have scored 219 runs to rank second in the OAC. Sophomore shortstop Samantha Becker hits a team-best .353 at leadoff and has five home runs and 24 RBI. Senior third baseman Erin Riccardi leads the Streaks with 27 RBI and is hitting .323 from the plate.

Scouting Otterbein

The Cardinals (26-14, 11-7 OAC) have won three straight games, but are just 6-4 in their last 10 games. Otterbein is making its fifth OAC Tournament appearance and first since 2006. They swept Mount Union and were swept by Ohio Northern and John Carroll.

Outfielders Laura Basford and Casey Clarridge lead a Cardinal lineup with the second-best batting average in the OAC at .321. A sophomore, Basford hits .461 while leading the conference in runs (45), hits (65), stolen bases (31), and triples (6). She also has 18 extra-base hits and 22 RBI. A senior, Clarridge is hitting .406 and is second in the OAC in runs (42) and stolen bases (29) to go with 17 extra-base hits and 32 RBI. Junior catcher Erin Carpenter is hitting .320 and ranks second in the conference with 39 RBI.

Sophomore Kelsey Long leads a pitching staff with a 2.53 ERA. Long is 10-4 with a 3.27 ERA and has recorded 46 strikeouts. Sophomore Maggie McMahan (7-5) has an OAC-best 1.96 ERA and leads the Cardinals with 66 strikeouts and two saves.

Mount Union vs. the Field

The Purple Raiders went 2-4 against the other three teams in the OAC Tournament this season. They split road series with John Carroll and Ohio Northern while being swept at home by Otterbein.

OAC Tournament History vs. the Field

Mount Union is 7-4 in OAC Tournament games against Ohio Northern. The two teams met twice last year. The Raiders won their first round matchup, 1-0, and lost in the semifinals, 14-7.

Mount Union is 1-2 in OAC Tournament games against John Carroll. After splitting in 2009, the Blue Streaks defeated the Raiders, 5-3, in the opening round in 2010.

Mount Union defeated Otterbein in their only meeting, 11-5, at the first OAC Tournament in 1985.

2012 OAC Softball Tournament

Ohio Northern University – Ada, Ohio

Friday, May 4
Game 1 - #3 Otterbein v #2 John Carroll, 11 a.m. | Live Stats |
Game 2 - #4 Mount Union at #1 Ohio Northern, 1 p.m. | Live Stats |
Game 3 - Game 1 winner v Game 2 winner, 3 p.m. | Live Stats |
Game 4 - Game 1 loser v Game 2 loser, 5 p.m. - Elimination Game | Live Stats |

Finals - Saturday, May 5
Game 5 - Game 3 loser v Game 4 winner, 11 a.m. - Elimination Game | Live Stats |
Game 6 - Game 3 winner v Game 5 winner, 1 p.m. | Live Stats |
Game 7 - Game 6 winner v Game 6 loser, 3 p.m. - If Necessary | Live Stats |

Storm Wrestling Announces 2012-13 Spring Signing Class

Lake Erie adds eight for upcoming season


PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The third Lake Erie College wrestling recruiting class got off to a strong start with the announcement of eight student-athletes signing letters of intent during the spring signing period. 


“With each year, as our program becomes more established, we attract a larger and higher quality pool of prospective student-athletes,” said Head Coach Kevin Hoogenboom.  “I am really please with how this year’s class is shaping up.  Our first eight signees are all quality students and strong wrestlers and several of them can make a major impact very early in their careers.”


The initial signing class is balanced throughout the 10 weight classes with a strong focus in the lower half, an area where the Storm has lacked depth in its first two seasons. 


Lake Erie posted an 8-11 dual meet record in 2011-12, its second varsity season, including a third-place finish in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and a pair of wins over nationally-ranked teams.  The Storm also had its first All-American in freshman 165-pounder Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) and two national qualifiers.


“Our program is definitely trending upwards and I think that the quality of the student-athletes we are recruiting is really starting to show,” Hoogenboom added. “There is a lot of potential within this group and we are excited to add these guys to our current roster.  We have been developing a culture here and we believe we have the ability now to take our program to the next level.”


2012 Lake Erie College Wrestling Signing Class 


Wt. Class


Hometown/High School/Previous School

Christian Baughman



Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth

Nick Bloch



West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West

Cobey Fehr



Barberton, Ohio/Barberton

Jacob McAdams



Xenia, Ohio/Greeneview

Almonte Patrick



Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights

BJ Rhodes



Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls

Devin Smith



Salem, Va./Salem

Jacob White



Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley


Below is information on each of the Storm’s eight 2012 signees, as well as comments from Hoogenboom.

Christian Baughman

141/149 lbs. | Fr./Fr.

Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth

PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner at Wadsworth High School… two-time state qualifier… placed seventh in state at 145 pounds as a senior and was also a first-team all-county and Suburban League individual champion… member of 2010 Division I state championship team… Academic All-Ohio selection.

PERSONAL: Born Nov. 5, 1993… parents are Todd and Alison Baughman… plans to major in business and entrepreneurship.

Coach’s Comments: “Christian has a very physical style to which we were drawn.  He has a superior work ethic and comes from a Northeast Ohio wrestling powerhouse at Wadsworth.  We feel that with his effort and dedication, his best wrestling is ahead of him.”


Nick Bloch
141/149 lbs. | Fr./Fr.
West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West

PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: A four-time letter winner and two-time state qualifier at Lakota West High School… twice was a sectional and Greater Miami Conference individual champion and was league’s most valuable wrestler as a senior… named second-team All-City Cincinnati in 2012… state runner-up in free style competition… two-time Ohio national team member… finished his high school career with over 100 victories.

PERSONAL: Born July 16, 1993… parents are Brian and Tomiko Bloch… plans to major in biology.

Coach’s Comments: “Nick has only been wrestling since seventh grade and he has tremendous upside. In limited exposure to the sport he became a two-time state qualifier and Ohio national team member.  He showed a lot by battling through injuries this past season and still making it to the state tournament.”


Cobey Fehr
133/141 lbs. | Fr./Fr.
Barberton, Ohio/Barberton

PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE:  Was a two-time state qualifier at Barberton High School… placed third at the state meet at 126 pounds in 2012… posted over 130 career high school victories.

PERSONAL: Parents are Cobey and Shelly Fehr.

Coach’s Comments: “Cobey is solid in every position and his relentless attacks and scrambling ability together make him an immediate threat.  He was only defeated twice during his senior season, and both times by nationally ranked opponents. We expect him to make a smooth transition to college wrestling and be a big part of our program.”


Jacob McAdams
157/165 lbs. | Fr./Fr.
Xenia, Ohio/Greenview

PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner and three-year team captain at Greeneview High School… was a state qualifier and first-team All-Ohio Heritage Conference selection… finished his career with over 100 victories and was a second-team all-area pick… also played two seasons of football and baseball for the Rams.

PERSONAL: Born Nov. 3, 1993… parents are Melissa and Rudy Brown… undecided on a major.

Coach’s Comments: “Jacob was a three-sport standout in high school, displaying his athleticism and versatility. He is also a strong student in the classroom and will add depth to the middle of our lineup.”

Almonte Patrick
Heavyweight | Fr./Fr.
Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights

PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: A four-year letterwinner in wrestling at Maple Heights High School who also excelled at football and in track and field… two-time state qualifier and two-time team most valuable wrestler for the Mustangs… currently holds three school records for most pins in a season and career and most wins in a single season (47)… posted 93 career pins and had a career-record of 158-16… lettered three times in football and started on the offensive line for team that won 2010 state championship and was runner-up in 2009… was an all-league thrower in track.

PERSONAL: Born Oct. 30, 1993… son of Michelle Patrick… plans to major in physical therapy and physical education… a two-sport signee for the Storm, will also play football at Lake Erie.

Coach’s Comments: “Almonte has exceptional speed and strength which allows him to make up for some weight he may be giving up to larger heavyweights.  But he will be faster and more athletic than most of his opponents which will make him competitive.  He is a big addition for us with only one returning heavyweight and we expect him to compete for a starting role right away.”


BJ Rhodes
133/141 lbs. | Fr./Fr.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls

PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterman at Cuyahoga Falls High School where he also lettered twice in soccer and once in football… was named All-Northeast Ohio Conference honorable mention as a senior… was a member of three conference championship teams.

PERSONAL: Born Nov. 2, 1993… parents are Bob and Carla McMasters… plans to major in physical therapy… has three cousins who play soccer collegiately. 

Coach’s Comments: “BJ was a three-sport letterwinner in high school, but he has chosen to focus on wrestling in college.  He was a captain multiple seasons and was a strong leader on his team.  We expect him to compete at the lower weights and add depth there.”


Devin Smith
184 lbs. | Fr./Fr.
Salem, Va./Salem

PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: A four-year letterwinner in wrestling and three-year letterwinner in football at Salem High School… qualified for the Virginia state tournament four times and placed three times, including a runner-up finish his senior year… a two-time team captain and regional champion who posted 139 career victories… twice named an All-Times Land Wrestler… was an overtime match away from earning All-American honors at 2012 NHSCA Senior Nationals… was named second-team all-district in football as a senior and helped team to district and regional titles.

PERSONAL: Born July 4, 1993… parents are Asa and April Smith… plans to major in biology.

Coach’s Comments: “Devin has wrestled all over the country and had success. He attacks well in the neutral position, which translates well to the collegiate wrestling style.  He is outstanding on the mat and in the classroom and can come in right away and compete for time at 184 pounds.”


Jacob White
184/197 lbs. | Fr./Fr.
Zanesville, Ohio/Tri-Valley

PRIOR TO LAKE ERIE: Four-year letterwinner at Tri-Valley High School… twice qualified for district tournament and was named the team’s most improved wrestler… served as a team captain two times and helped Scotties to 2012 Muskingum Valley League title… also lettered twice in football and was first-team All-MVL and honorable mention All-District 12… served as National Honor Society president and was a 4-year honors letter recipient. 

PERSONAL: Born Oct. 2, 1993… parents are Clint and Cindy White… plans to study pre-veterinary medicine… is an Eagle Scout.

Coach’s Comments: “Jacob spent most of his senior season rehabbing an injury, but still came back to compete at the district tournament, showing a lot of heart and determination.  He is a true scholar-athlete and will compete at the higher weights for our team.”