Drexel Defeats Cougars in Home Opener

John Muldoon
John Muldoon

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - John Muldoon, Nate Higgins and Jake McKiernan each won their respective matches at SIUE's home opener Friday, but the Cougars were defeated by Drexel 28-9.

"A majority of the matches we were pushing the pace and being offensive," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. "But at the same time we weren't finishing those shots. There were a lot of mental errors in there."

After dropping the first two matches of the night, Muldoon put the Cougars on the scoreboard with a 9-3 victory over Chandler Olson. Muldoon improved to 4-0 overall.

"John won the tournament last weekend in Ames and came out and was offensive," said Spates. "He wrestled hard so it was nice to see him continue to the win streak."

Higgins continued his win streak as well at 165 pounds with a 13-7 win over Ebed Jarrell. Higgins is now 5-0, including his title last weekend at the Harold Nichols Cyclone Open.

"Nate came out and wrestled hard. He got close to getting some back points," added Spates.

Drexel then took the next three matches after Higgins' win before McKiernan blanked Sean O'Malley 3-0 at heavyweight.

"He (McKiernan) didn't have a great first weekend so it was nice to see Jake come out with a win," said Spates.

SIUE returns to the mat next Saturday at the Lindenwood Open.

Drexel 28 SIUE 9

125 Zachary Fuentes (Drexel) over Zach Gentzler (SIUE) (TB-1 2-1)
133 Austin DeSanto (Drexel) over Lucas Bernal (SIUE) (TF 24-7 2:02)
141 John Muldoon (SIUE) over Chandler Olson (Drexel) (Dec 9-3)
149 Trevor Elfvin (Drexel) over Tyshawn Williams (SIUE) (SV-1 11-7)
157 Evan Barczak (Drexel) over Erik Travers (SIUE) (Inj. 1:07)
165 Nate Higgins (SIUE) over Ebed Jarrell (Drexel) (Dec 13-7)
174 Austin Rose (Drexel) over Karsten Van Velsor (SIUE) (TF 23-5 3:27)
184 Owen Brooks (Drexel) over Bryce Shewan (SIUE) (Dec 9-6)
197 Stephen Loiseau (Drexel) over Christian Dulaney (SIUE) (Dec 7-3)
285 Jake McKiernan (SIUE) over Sean O`Malley (Drexel) (Dec 3-0)
Records: Drexel 3-0, SIUE 0-1

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