EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE wrestling hits the road for two key Southern Conference matchups at Chattanooga and Appalachian State.
The Cougars, 3-9 overall and 1-0 in SoCon action, take on Chattanooga (4-6, 2-0 SoCon) in a 5 p.m. CT match Friday. SIUE matches up with Appalachian State (4-3, 2-0 SoCon) at 2 p.m. CT Sunday.
"We're excited to get out there and have some good matchups and see where we are at," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates.
The Cougars are coming off their first SoCon win of the season, a 37-9 decision over The Citadel. Heading east to face two of the top teams in the SoCon should help the Cougars gel as a team.
Spates said SIUE's trip to Florida in late December for the South Beach Duals was the start of team learning to excel on the road.
"We had some good team bonding and figured out some things," added Spates.
Several SIUE wrestlers have experienced success to open 2018, most notably Nate Higgins who won his first three matches of the new year.
"Nate wrestled well," said Spates. "He's coming off some injuries from earlier in the year so he hasn't been at his peak performance."
Below are projected lineups for the weekend.
SIUE Probable Lineup
125: Zac Gentzler (R-Sr.)
133: Joe Antonelli (Jr.)
141: Dakota Leach (R-Sr.)/John Muldoon (R-Jr.)
149: Tyshawn Williams (R-So.)
157: Karsten Van Velsor (R-Sr.)
165: Nate Higgins (R-Jr.)
174: Mason McDaniel (R-Fr.)
184: Bryce Shewan (Fr.)
197: Christian Dulaney (Jr.)
285: Tommy Helton (R-Fr.)
Chattanooga Probable Lineup
125: Alonzo Allen (Jr.)
133: Chris Debien (Jr.)
141: Michael Pongracz (Sr.)
149: Roman Boylen (Jr.)
157: Dylan Forzani (Jr.)
165: Chad Pyke (Sr.)
174: Justin Lampe (Sr.)
184: No. 15 Bryce Carr (Sr.)
197: No. 15 Scottie Boykin (Sr.)
285: Ben Stacey (So.)
Appalachian State Probable Lineup
125: De'Andre Swinson-Barr (Fr.)
133: Codi Russell (R-Fr.)
141: Irvin Enriquez (Jr.)
149: Gavin Londoff (So.)
157: Laken Cook (Jr.)
165: Angel Najar (Jr.)/Thomas Flitz (R-Fr.)/Michael Elliott (Jr.)
174: Forrest Przybysz (Sr.)
184: Alan Clothier (R-Fr.)
197: Randall Diabe (Jr.)
Hwt: Cary Miller (R-So.)