SPARTANBURG, S.C.– Coming off its best-ever finish in the Southern Conference, the SIUE wrestling team has been picked to finish fourth during the 2017-18 season.
The league's eight coaches voted in the preseason poll.
SIUE placed third at the SoCon Championships last season and took fourth during the regular season.
Campbell edged out Chattanooga as the top team in the preseason poll. The rest of the poll included Appalachian State in third, SIUE in fourth, Gardner-Webb in fifth, The Citadel in sixth, VMI in seventh and Davidson in eight.
The 2017-18 wrestling season gets underway Nov. 4 for the Cougars at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open in Ames, Iowa. The Southern Conference Wrestling Championship will take place March 3, 2018, on the campus of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.
2017-18 SoCon Wrestling Preseason Coaches Poll
School (First-place votes) Points
1. Campbell (4) 46
2. Chattanooga (4) 45
3. Appalachian State 35
4. SIUE 31
5. Gardner-Webb 28
6. The Citadel 19
7. VMI 11
8. Davidson 9
2017-18 SoCon Wrestling Preseason All-Conference Team
125 Alonzo Allen, Chattanooga
133 Chris Debien, Chattanooga*
141 Josh Heil, Campbell*
149 Matt Zovistoski, Appalachian State*
157 Austin Kraisser, Campbell
165 Quentin Perez, Campbell*
174 Forrest Przybysz, Appalachian State
184 Bryce Carr, Chattanooga*
197 Scottie Boykin, Chattanooga^
HWT Jere Heino, Campbell
* - 2017 SoCon champion at that weight class
^ - 2016 SoCon champion at that weight class