EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE wrestling will meet the Fighting Illini of Illinois Wednesday in a match being contested at the Jon Davis Center in Edwardsville.
Match time is 7 p.m. at Edwardsville High School's home wrestling facility.
"It's going to be a good environment because it's a smaller gym," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. "Everybody will be right there on top of the mat. We're expecting to have a big crowd so we're expecting a loud environment."
SIUE, 0-2, is coming off its first two dual matches of the season. The Cougars lost to North Dakota State 25-13 and Indiana 21-16.
SIUE and Indiana split the 10 matches with the Hoosiers gaining the edge on bonus team points.
"I felt like there were a couple more matches that we could have won that we didn't," said Spates. "It's a team effort when you win and a team effort when you lose."
Spates said he expects the same lineup for the match against Illinois.
Freddie Rodriguez, the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month, will anchor the Cougars at 125 pounds. He enters the match with a 9-1 record. John Muldoon opened his 2016-17 season with a pair of dual meet wins at 133 pounds. Jake Residori and Jake Tindle also recorded a pair of wins this past weekend.
"If you're not excited for a match like this, you probably shouldn't be wrestling at this level," added Spates.
Expected SIUE Lineup
125 #12 Freddie Rodriguez (9-1)
133 John Muldoon (2-0)
141 Trevor Feagans (10-5)
149 Tyshawn Williams (9-8)
157 Karsten Van Velsor (5-8)
165 Sam Zimmerman (0-10)
174 Jake Residori (8-3)
184 Jacob Godinez (3-10)
197 Jake Tindle (8-3)
285 Jake McKiernan (13-4)
Expected Illinois Lineup
125 Travis Piotrowski (6-3)
133 #2 Zane Richards (7-0)
141 Mousa Jodeh (6-6)
149 Brock Ervin (12-3)
157 Kyle Langenderfer (8-1) or Carver James (2-2)
165 #1 Isaiah Martinez (5-0)
174 #12 Zac Brunson (12-2)
184 #12 Emery Parker (13-1)
197 Andre Lee (7-2) or Danny Hicks (3-2)
285 #6 Brooks Black (4-0)