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SIUE Welcomes Appalachian State, Purdue

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The start of the Southern Conference season and a fourth Big Ten opponent are scheduled for the SIUE wrestling team at home Sunday and Monday.

SIUE, 0-4, meets No. 21 Appalachian State, 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the SoCon, at the SIUE Fitness Center in a 5 p.m. match Sunday. On Monday, the Cougars welcome Purdue, 4-2, for a 7 p.m. match at the Vadalabene Center.

"There's a number of great matches at these duals up and down the lineup," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. Among those matches are battles at the lowest weight and the highest weight.

The 125-pound match between SIUE's Freddie Rodriguez, ranked No. 8 nationally, and Appalachian State's Vito Pasone is a rematch of the Southern Conference Tournament title match last March.

The heavyweight match between SIUE's Jake McKiernan and Appalachian State's Denzel Dejournette features two ranked wrestlers with McKiernan at No. 25 and Dejournette, an NCAA qualifier last season, at No. 8. McKiernan is the reigning SoCon Wrestler of the Week.

"I think a lot of people are surprised, but we have been telling people for a few years that Jake has potential," said Spates. "I think he's starting to figure out a few things wrestling-wise."

Purdue has been idle since Dec. 3 where it had two placewinners at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. The Boilermakers won their first four dual meets before dropping matches to No. 15 Stanford and No. 3 Iowa.

There will be free admission for the match against Purdue. Additionally, a free clinic for wrestlers ages 12 and younger will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. After the conclusion of the match, the SIUE wrestling team will be available for autographs.

"These matches will be an opportunity to show we can compete with these big-time teams," said Spates.

SIUE Lineup
125 – #8 Freddie Rodriguez (10-2)
133 – John Muldoon (2-2)
141 – Trevor Feagans (10-7)
149 – John Fahy (3-4)
157 – Karsten Van Velsor (6-9)
165 – Clayton Bass (9-4)
174 – Jake Residori (8-5)
184 – Jacob Godinez (3-12)
197 – Jake Tindle (9-3)
HWT – #25 Jake McKiernan (15-4)

No. 21 Appalachian State (6-1, 2-0 SoCon)
125 – Vito Pasone (9-5)
133 – Colby Smith (13-4)
141 – Irvin Enriquez (7-9)
149 – #15 Matt Zovistoski (11-4)
157 – Gavin Londoff (7-8)
165 – #23 Forrest Przybysz (11-6)
174 – #18 Nick Kee (3-0)
184 – David Peters-Logue (9-6)
197 – Randall Diabe (10-7)
285 – #8 Denzel Dejournette (12-2)

Expected Purdue Lineup
125 – Ben Thornton (17-6)
133 – Luke Welch (11-5) or Cody Pae (5-3)
141 – Kyle Ayersman (12-6)
149 – Jeremy Golding (9-4)
157 – #23 Alex Griffin (15-6) or Cole Wysocki (3-2)
165 – Dylan Lydy (10-9)
174 – Jacob Morrissey (4-4)
184 – Tanner Lynde (9-6)
197 – Christian Brunner (14-7)
285 – Tyler Kral (15-6) or Jacob Aven (7-4)

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