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The Lakeland Muskies finished ninth out of 14 teams at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships that were held on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18. Junior Mark Vanden Hoogen took fourth place in the heavyweight division, while sophomore Paul Hartt finished fourth in the 184 weight class.
Hartt, the number seven seed, started his regional bracket by defeating John Lemmer of MSOE 11-5. The Port Charllotte, Fla., native fell to the number two seed Brad Tupa of Augsburg in the next round. The sophomore went on to defeat Martin Dertz of Knox College 15-6 and Taylor Ames of Wheaton before falling in the third place match, 7-3, to the third seed Adil Kolovic of Elmhurst.
In the heavyweight division Vanden Hoogen was the number five seed and he opened his regional bracket with a pin at 2:53 over Chase Campbell of Wheaton. The Green Bay native would record his second of three pins on the day against Jason Finley of St. Johns at 1:32. In the semifinal match the junior would fall to the number one seed at 3:30. Vanden Hoogen would pin Jordan Hepp of Concordia, Minn., 2:46 seconds into their match, before falling to the third seed Jaran Rutledge of Knox College in the third place match at 3:41.
Also wrestling in the regional for the Muskies was freshman David Copp (125), junior Noe DeLeon (133), freshman Kory Theil (141), freshman Jonas Flok (157), freshman Cody Klopp (165), senior Tim Vallier (174) and senior Lee Sparks (197).