SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference has picked SIUE to place sixth in its preseason rankings released Thursday.
The league's eight coaches selected defending regular-season and SoCon tournament champion Chattanooga to win the league title again in 2013-14. The coaches also selected a 10-member preseason all-conference team.
Chattanooga picked up four first-place votes and 46 total points to top second-place Appalachian State by four points. The Mocs will be seeking their ninth regular-season and tournament titles in the last 10 years.
SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates begins his first season at the helm of Cougar wrestling. SIUE fans can get their first look at the Cougars at the Red and Black Intrasquad next Wednesday (Oct. 30) at the Vadalabene Center. The first match is set for 7 p.m.
Appalachian State and The Citadel each picked up two first-place votes and were picked to finish second and third, respectively. Gardner-Webb was fourth in the poll and was followed by Campbell, SIUE, Davidson, and VMI.
2013-14 SoCon Wrestling Preseason Coaches Poll
|School (First-place votes)||Points|
|1. Chattanooga (4)||46|
|2. Appalachian State (2)||42|
|3. The Citadel (2)||41|
2013-14 SoCon Wrestling Preseason All-Conference Team
125 Dominic Parisi, Appalachian State
133 Nick Soto, Chattanooga^
141 Ryan Mosley, Gardner-Webb
149 Dylan Cottrell, Appalachian State
157 Matt Frisch, The Citadel@
165 Zack Strickland, Appalachian State
174 Turtogtokh Luvsandorj, The Citadel*
184 Scott Patrick, Davidson
197 Paul Weiss, Appalachian State
HWT Kevin Malone, Chattanooga
^ - 2012 SoCon champion at 133, 2013 SoCon champion at 125
@ 2013 SoCon champion at 157
* - 2012 SoCon champion at 174, 2010 SoCon champion at 157