Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

SIUE Welcomes Four Teams Sunday

Karsten Van Velsor
Karsten Van Velsor

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE wrestling has a full slate of matches set for the Vadalabene Center Sunday.

The Cougars will compete in three matches with Buffalo at 9 a.m., Eastern Michigan at 10:45 a.m. and Grand Canyon at 12:30 p.m. Two more matches are scheduled: Eastern Michigan vs. Campbellsville at 9 a.m. and Grand Canyon vs. Campbellsville at 10:45 a.m.

"We moved the schedule around to accommodate everybody," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. "I think it has worked out well that everyone has the matches they wanted."

SIUE was idle last week because of winter storms in the Midwest. The Cougars planned to attend the Missouri Valley Open but the tournament was cancelled due to ice and snow. Spates said he was hoping to use the tournament as preparation for the next few weekends.

 "We'll have some fresh faces in the lineup," said Spates. "We need to get those guys some competition."

SIUE enters the matches with a 2-10 dual meet record. Buffalo and Eastern Michigan are both members of the Mid-American Conference. Grand Canyon (Ariz.) is transitioning to the NCAA Division I and is in the same position the Cougars had been in recent years.

Spates said his team has continued to progress and said he is looking forward to the homestand.

"Our young guys are seeing some improvement," Spates said. "Dakota Leach is wrestling well and is starting to figure out the college style. It's the same with Karsten Van Velsor. I think both of them have been getting stronger as the year has moved forward."

Devine Completes NCAA Run
March 20, 2014 Devine Completes NCAA Run
Cougars Close Out Road Trip
February 23, 2014 Cougars Close Out Road Trip
NIU Upends Cougars 33-15
January 4, 2014 NIU Upends Cougars 33-15
Cougars Compete at Midlands
December 29, 2013 Cougars Compete at Midlands
No. 20 Purdue Tops SIUE 30-15
November 24, 2013 No. 20 Purdue Tops SIUE 30-15
Red Team Wins Instrasquad
October 30, 2013 Red Team Wins Instrasquad
FloWrestling Visits SIUE
October 8, 2013 FloWrestling Visits SIUE