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SIUE Clashes With Northwestern

SIUE Clashes With Northwestern

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Looking for its first win of the season, the SIUE wrestling team heads to Evanston, Illinois, for an 8 p.m. matchup against the Northwestern Wildcats.

Northwestern will be the third consecutive Big Ten Conference opponent for the Cougars. SIUE dropped matches to Indiana 21-16 and Illinois 30-10.

SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates said he wants to see a big effort out of the Cougars.

"That's the biggest thing that we have been preaching," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. "It doesn't matter who you wrestle, just go out and compete."

Jake McKiernan, Jake Tindle and Freddie Rodriguez all won their matches Wednesday against Illinois. McKiernan bested the No. 6 heavyweight in the nation and improved to 14-4 this season. Tindle is 9-3 at 197 pounds. Rodriguez, ranked No. 12 nationally, is 10-1 at 125 pounds.

Northwestern enters the match with a 4-1 record. The Wildcats' first four wrestlers are freshmen. Mitch Sliga, a 184-pounder, is the lone Northwestern opponent ranked in his weight class. Sliga, Johnny Sebastian (174) and Jacob Berkowitz (197) are undefeated in their five dual matches this season.

SIUE Projected Lineup
125 #12 Freddie Rodriguez (10-1)
133 John Muldoon (2-1)
141 Trevor Feagans (10-6)
149 Tyshawn Williams (9-9)
157 Karsten Van Velsor (5-9)
165 Sam Zimmerman (0-11)
174 Jake Residori (8-4)
184 Jacob Godinez (3-11)
197 Jake Tindle (9-3)
285 Jake McKiernan (14-4)

Northwestern Projected Lineup
125 Anthony Rubinetti (6-3)
133 Jason Ipsarides (5-3)
141 Alec McKenna (5-5)
149 Shayne Oster (6-3)
157 Anthony Petrone (0-4)
165 Ben Sullivan (4-5)
174 Johnny Sebastian (8-1)
184 Mitch Sliga (8-1)
197 Jacob Berkowitz (9-1)
285 Conan Jennings (6-3)

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