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Cougars Set to Face Gardner-Webb, Davidson

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE wrestling heads to the state of North Carolina for the second straight weekend to complete its 2018 Southern Conference road schedule.

The Cougars, 3-11 overall and 1-2 in the SoCon, face off against Gardner-Webb (16-, 1-2) in a 6 p.m. CT match in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, followed by a 6 p.m. CT Saturday match at Davidson (1-7, 0-3).

"We'll have a lot time on the bus, but our guys are real excited about this opportunity to wrestle," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. "We're happy to get two good matches this weekend."

After two SoCon losses to Chattanooga and Appalachian State last weekend, Spates is looking for a turn-around this weekend.

"We've been working on some tactical areas, finishing single-leg takedowns and getting to our feet on bottom," said Spates. "We're really working on the mental aspect of everything like being confident in our technique and being confident in our shape."

SIUE 165-pounder Nate Higgins, the reigning SoCon Wrestler of the Week, will look to extend his five-match winning streak. Higgins and 125-pounder Zach Gentzler both are 3-0 in SoCon matches.

"Any time you wrestle a conference opponent, you want to get a leg up so it helps with seeding at the conference tournament," added Spates.

SIUE Probable Lineup
125: Zac Gentzler (9-12, 3-0 SoCon)
133: John Muldoon (7-4, 1-0) (1-0 at 133)
141: Dakota Leach (5-11, 1-2)
149: Tyshawn Williams (9-10, 2-1)
157: Karsten Van Velsor (7-15, 2-1)
165: Nate Higgins (14-6, 3-0)
174: Forfeit
184: Bryce Shewan (7-10, 0-1 at 184)
197: Christian Dulaney (14-8, 8-6)
285: Tommy Helton (3-13, 0-2)

Gardner-Webb Probable Lineup
125: Forfeit
133: Philip Anderson (8-10, 1-0 SoCon)
141: Denton Spencer (16-5, 1-0)
149: Joby Armenta (6-10, 1-0)
157: No. 27 Tyler Marinelli (15-2, 1-0)
165: Brett Stein (6-4, 0-0)
174: Christian Maroni (5-9, 1-0)
184: Cole Graves (6-9, 1-0)
197: Anthony Perrine (9-8, 1-0)
285: Lathan Bumgarner (4-7, 0-0)

Davidson Probable Lineup
125: Michael McClelland (0-14, 0-3 SoCon)
133: Zamir Ode (0-12, 0-3)
141 - Dustin Runzo (4-13, 0-3)
149: Aidan Conroy (10-9, 1-1)
157: Tony Palumbo (8-8, 0-2) 
165: Hunter Costa (4-7, 0-3)
174: Noah Satterfield (7-12, 0-3)
184: Conor Fenn (8-9, 1-1)
197: Konner Pritchard (8-7, 1-1)
285: Will Cooley (4-7, 1-1)

 

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