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PREVIEW: SIUE Meets Northern Illinois

SIUE vs. Northern Illinois

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – For the third consecutive season, the SIUE wrestling team travels to Springfield, Illinois, for a neutral site match against Northern Illinois.

The Cougars, 1-7 overall, face the Huskies, 3-3, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. The first match is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Northern Illinois won last year's match 19-18.

The collegiate match takes place at the site of the IKWF (Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation) Jon Davis Kids Open weigh-ins. The IKWF Jon Davis Open takes place Sunday.

"It should be a good match," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. "Northern Illinois is a little tougher than they have been the past few seasons, and I feel like we're a little bit tougher than we have been in past seasons."

SIUE is coming off its first dual match victory of the season with a 39-7 victory over Southern Conference rival VMI.

"I'm excited to see how we come back from our first victory of the season," added Spates.

Expected SIUE Lineup
125 - Freddie Rodriguez (11-5, 1-1)
133 - John Muldoon (5-6, 0-1)
141 - Trevor Feagans (12-11, 1-1)
149 - John Fahy (7-8, 1-1)
157 - Karsten Van Velsor (6-15, 0-2)
165 - Clayton Bass (11-8, 1-1 - 3-2 at 165)
174 - Jake Residori (10-9, 1-1)
184 - Jacob Godinez (3-18, 0-2)
197 - Jake Tindle (13-6, 2-0)
285 - Jake McKiernan (17-6, 1-1)

Expected Northern Illinois Lineup
*Record does not include 1/13 match vs. Ohio
125 Brock Hudkins (12-7, 1-1) or Kirk Johansen (1-0, 0-0)
133 Alijah Jeffery (10-8, 1-1) 
141 Angel Velasquez (8-7, 1-1) or Anthony Rubino (1-3, 0-0)
149 No. 13 Steve Bleise (15-5, 1-1) 
157 Caden McWhirter (14-5, 2-0)
165 Andrew Scott (4-5, 0-1) or Shaun'Qae McMurtry (3-5, 0-2) 
174 Trace Engelkes (8-2, 0-1) or Marco Orlandi (2-2, 0-0)
184 Bryce Gorman (12-7, 0-2) or Michael Aldrich (6-6, 0-0)
197 No. 10 Shawn Scott (13-3, 1-1)
285 Caleb Gossett (9-8, 0-2) 

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