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SIUE Wrestling Faces Chattanooga, No. 7 Missouri

Jan. 14, 2011

EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. - The 2-9 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville wrestling team has a pair of tough matches Saturday in Columbia, Mo.

The Cougars take on Chattanooga, 5-8, which is coming off a pair of losses at the Virginia Duals. The first match starts at noon. SIUE then has a break before taking on seventh-ranked Missouri at 3:45 p.m.

SIUE head Coach David Ray said Missouri is coming off a fifth-place finish at the National Duals, including a win over then second-ranked Oklahoma State.

"We can compete with Chattanooga. If guys wrestle to their potential, we should be successful," said Ray.

The Cougars have had to continue to juggle the lineups because of injuries. Kris Treat is filling in at 125 pounds for Paul Myers. Nick Capozzoli is replacing the injured Lawrence Blackful III at 141 pounds.

Ray also has had to make other adjustments to fill the lineup. Deshoun White, who holds a 2-9 record, is certified at 165 pounds but gives up some weight to compete.

"He's wrestling up at 184 to fill the weight class," said Ray.

Ray said Gabe Hocum and Michael Dace continue to improve as both earned key victories in the recent win over Gardner-Webb.

"When he battles for seven minutes, he does well," Ray said of Hocum. Dace is 2-2 this season and just needs more experience on the mat, noted Ray.

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