Jan. 6, 2011
EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville wrestling Head Coach David Ray simply wants his squad to compete for a full seven minutes in their matches Friday at Iowa.
SIUE takes on No. 7-ranked and three-time defending national champion Iowa in a 7 p.m. match at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Ray said he expects 6,000 to 8,000 fans to be on hand for the dual meet.
"It's going to be an exciting event for our kids," said Ray.
Iowa, 7-0 in dual meets this season, is coming off a fourth-place finish last week at the Midlands. The Cougars, meanwhile, have been idle since Dec. 19. Ray said the Cougars have had 10 straight days of hard competition in the practice room and hopes for a strong showing out of his team.
After the Iowa match, the Cougars travel to Indiana for another Big Ten clash on Sunday. SIUE faces off against Indiana at 5 p.m. ET in the final match of the day. The Cougars also take on Gardner-Webb and Cleveland State at 1 p.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET, respectively. Ray said if his team competes up to its abilities, the team could win a couple of the dual matches.
"Our whole goal is to get exposure, get some experience and to have our guys competing in each match," said Ray.