Oct. 31, 2011
EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. - SIUE Head Coach David Ray will give Cougar wrestling fans their first opportunity to see the 2011-12 team Wednesday at the Red and Black Intrasquad.
Ray said he expects to have at least nine matches at the event, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Vadalabene Center. The event lineup has been set, according to Ray, with challenge matches that were completed late last week.
"Our objective as a coaching staff and as a team is to display our talent level," he said. The Cougars will have to make scratch weight for the event. It gives the SIUE coaching staff the opportunity to see how each wrestler reacts to the normal process of making weight and then recovering before the match.
Just one senior, Steve Ross, will be competing Wednesday against sophomore Kyle Lowman at 157 pounds. Ray said two other seniors - Michael Dace and Derrick Pousson - are unable to compete because of injuries.
"There's a lot at stake for some of these guys," said Ray.
The winners of these matches will be the starters for SIUE's first dual meet action Nov. 26 for the Hoosier Duals against Indiana, Campbell, Northern Illinois, and George Mason. The only exception would be if a non-starter places better or directly wins a match against a starter at the team's first official event at the Central Missouri Open Nov. 13. That would trigger a wrestle-off between individuals for a spot in the starting lineup.
Below is a list of the scheduled matches.
125 - Patrick Myers (Fr., Cresson, Pa.) vs. Logun Taylor (So., Russiaville, Ind.)
133 - Brendan Murphy (So., Palos Park, Ill.) vs. Denzel Gay (Fr., Rock Island, Ill.)
141 - Austin Rymarz (Fr., Linden, Mich.) vs. Eric Biehl (Jr., Waynesville, Ill.)
149 - Dillon Pousson (Jr., Round Lake, Ill.) vs. Grant Sullivan (Fr., Chugiak, Alaska)
157 - Kyle Lowman (So., Naplate, Ill.) vs. Steve Ross (Sr., Carlock, Ill.)
165 - Deshoun White (So., Champaign, Ill.) vs. Gabe Hocum (So., Clarkston, Wash.)
174 - Tyler Rice (So., Pinckneyville, Ill.) vs. Alex Davis (So., Linden, Mich.)
184 - Chris Johnson (Fr., Wheeling, Ill.) vs. Cole Brandt (Fr., Avon, Ind.)
197 - Robert Cooney (Jr., East Moline, Ill.) vs. Josh Wood (So, Alturas, Calif.)
285 - David Devine (Jr., Petersburg, Ill.) vs. Cole Rogers (Fr., Warrensburg, Mo.)