EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – It will be teacher vs. the student Saturday when Missouri comes to the Vadalabene Center to take on SIUE wrestling.
Missouri Head Coach Brian Smith, in his 16th season with the Tigers, mentored SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates who is leading the Cougars in his first season.
"Coach Smith was my coach and one of my mentors so I talk to him all the time. I'm excited to have a chance to wrestle against him," said Spates.
The Cougars, 3-8, will face off against a Missouri squad which is ranked No. 7 nationally in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I coaches poll.
Missouri, 2-0, is coming off a fifth-place finish at the Southern Scuffle that included several nationally-ranked teams. Six Missouri wrestlers placed in the top eight.
SIUE begins the 2014 home schedule looking to improve from last week's 33-15 loss at Northern Illinois. Jake Residori leads the Cougars at 174 pounds with a 10-8 record.
"We had a lull over Christmas. I think we're getting back on the right track right now and will have a good finish to the year," Spates said.
125: Dakota Leach (SIUE) vs. Barlow McGhee /Zach Synon (MU)
133: Patrick Myers (SIUE) vs. Matt Manley/Eric Wilson (MU)
141: Drew Vrbenec (SIUE) vs. Lavion Mayes (MU)
149: Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE) vs. Drake Houdashelt (MU)
157: Logun Taylor (SIUE) vs. Matthew Lemanowicz (MU)
165: Connor McMahon (SIUE) vs. Zach Toal (MU)
174: Jake Residori (SIUE) vs. Mikey England (MU)
184: Deshoun White (SIUE) vs. Johnny Eblen (MU)
197: Chris Johnson (SIUE) vs. J'den Cox (MU)
285: David Devine (SIUE) vs. Devin Mellon/ Justin Heberlie (MU)