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SIUE Exits From NCAA Championships

SIUE Wrestling at NCAA Division I Championships
SIUE Wrestling at NCAA Division I Championships

Final Brackets

CLEVELAND, Ohio – SIUE wrestling Head Coach Jeremy Spates sees his program rising.

The Cougars' season, however, ended after SIUE wrestlers faced three ranked opponents on day one and came up empty. All three SIUE wrestlers were eliminated on day one of the NCAA Championships at Quicken Loans Arena.

"I think a good thing is that we have three national qualifiers coming back for next season," said Spates. "We've never had that before so I think that will be great for our leadership. We have a lot of other guys who have proved they should be good next year. We're looking to build off this national championship and be better next year.

"It was a season of ups and downs," said Spates. "We had six dual meet wins, and at the same time we came out with three national qualifiers from the Southern Conference Championships."

Spates was excited to have three qualifiers making their first appearance at the national tournament.

"It's tough your first time out here to nationals," said Spates.

Nate Higgins, a redshirt junior, was the final Cougar to leave the mat at 165 pounds after a 5-4 loss to Navy's Drew Daniels. Higgins also loss his opening-round match 16-5 to seventh-seeded Logan Massa, of Michigan.

Tyshawn Williams, a redshirt sophomore, faced two ranked opponents at 149 pounds, dropping a 9-0 decision to North Carolina's fourth-seeded Troy Heilmann and then a 5-2 loss to 13th-ranked Colton McChrystal of Nebraska.

"Unfortunately we had a medical forfeit with John Muldoon, and he was unable to wrestle," said Spates. Higgins is a redshirt junior at 133 pounds.

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