EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The SIUE wrestling team begins the new year with a road contest Saturday against the Huskies of Northern Illinois.
The first match is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Victor E. Court.
"I think it's going to be a good matchup for us," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. "They are tough but there are some winnable matches out there. I'm excited to see our guys go out and scrap."
Connor McMahon, Deshoun White, Patrick Myers and Jake Residori were the lone SIUE wrestlers to compete over the holiday break. SIUE has not had a dual match since Dec. 15, but Spates said he was not concerned about the layoff.
"It's always tough when you are the only ones on campus doing two-a-days. We got a lot of good workouts in. I think we got better over the break," said Spates.
Spates said he has seen a great improvement in the team's technique as the season has progressed.
"Watching guys before the season, our technique was sloppy. We were watching guys over the break, and our technique has tightened up," Spates added.
125: Dakota Leach (SIUE) vs. Braun Marquez OR Nick Harrison (NIU)
133: Patrick Myers (SIUE) vs. Nick Smith (NIU)
141: Drew Vrbenec (SIUE) vs. Tyler Argue OR Kevin Fanta (NIU)
149: Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE) vs. Gabe Morse OR Rob Jillard (NIU)
157: Logun Taylor (SIUE) vs. Andrew Morse (NIU)
165: Connor McMahon (SIUE) vs. Shaun'Qae McMurtry OR Sam Bennett (NIU)
174: Jake Residori (SIUE) vs. Matt Mougin (NIU)
184: Deshoun White (SIUE) vs. Caleb Busson OR Shane Rosenberry (NIU)
197: Chris Johnson (SIUE) vs. Shawn Scott (NIU)
285: David Devine (SIUE) vs. Jared Torrence OR Arthur Bunce (NIU)