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Cougars Open Season With Young Lineup

Nov. 18, 2010

EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. - It's been like this for a couple of years, announced Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Wrestling Head Coach David Ray. SIUE continues to build its wrestling program for the future.

The Cougars open the 2010-11 season with a young lineup that includes three juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen. SIUE faces three matches Friday in Iowa City, Iowa, meeting Coe at 2 p.m., Cornell College at 4 p.m. and Iowa Central at 6 p.m. "From a coaching standpoint, I don't know what to expect," said Ray.

One thing that is clear for the Cougars is that SIUE's first three wrestlers at 125 pounds, 133 pounds and 141 pounds have yet to compete in a college dual match.

John Petrov (Cedar Lake, Ind.), Cameron Vance (Port Byron) and Nick Capozolli (Vernon Hill) all are freshmen in eligibility. Gabe Hocum, at 165 pounds, also hits the match for his first collegiate dual meet.

"It's the first time for them to put on a singlet for a college dual match," Ray said.

The Cougars begin to have some experience in the lineup at 149 pounds when Derrick Pousson wrestles. He sat out last season after posting a 19-17 record as a sophomore transfer. Steve Ross enters his junior season as the quiet leader at 157 pounds. He finished last season with a 16-21 record.

SIUE has newcomers Hocum and Jordan Bakley at 165 and 174 pounds, respectively. Terrence Connors and Deshoun White share time at 184 pounds.

Robert Cooney and David Devine close out the lineup for the Cougars at 197 and 285.

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