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SoCon Rivals Face Off With Cougars

SIUE Wrestling

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – An important weekend awaits the SIUE wrestling team with a pair of Southern Conference matchups at the Vadalabene Center.

SIUE, 1-8 overall and 1-1 in the SoCon, meets Chattanooga (3-7, 1-0) Saturday at 5 p.m. and Davidson (3-8, 0-1) Sunday at noon.

"When you look at conference dual meets, it has implications on the seeding for the conference tournament," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. "Right now, we're in a transition period. We've been really close to winning some dual meets, but we have to get those wins."

Spates said the matchups at heavyweight should be interesting. SIUE's Jake McKiernan leads the Cougars in wins with 18. He'll take on Chattanooga's Jared Johnson (19-4), who is ranked No. 11 nationally, and Davidson's Will Cooley (6-8).

"Jake has been wrestling well," said Spates.

Spates said he is pleased that the Cougars have continued to get stronger and healthier as the season has progressed.

"We expect a lot of close matches up and down the lineup," said Spates.

SIUE also is excited for alumni weekend.

"We have a number of alumni who will be coming back to the Vadalabene Center," said Spates. "We're excited to have them back and recognize them Sunday."

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