Feb 03, 2003
The SIUE wrestling team will travel to Warrensburg, Mo., Saturday for duals against Barcome (Okla.) Junior College, Fort Hays State and Southwest State before playing host to Northern Illinois on Sunday.
The dual meet against Northern Illinois is slated for 1 p.m. at the Vadalabene Center.
Citing injuries, the team will go without wrestlers in the 125- and 133-pound weight classes.
"Individuals will start representing us instead of the team as a whole," Coach Booker Benford said. "We will start to fine-tune the wrestlers and get them into shape for regionals and nationals."
Senior Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.) will be wrestling in his final home match Sunday against Northern Illinois. The 174-pounder is ranked fourth in the nation in the weight class.
"It should be emotional for Zach wrestling on the home mat for the final time," Benford said. "He has a tough opponent which is good for him. His goal is to win it all so he needs to wrestle tough opponents."