SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates said both Williams and Higgins wrestled well.
"It was nice to see both of them rebound from last week," said Spates. "I think wrestling a lot of matches today really helped their shape."
Williams won three matches for the day at 149 pounds, including a consolation semifinal win over Illinois' Mousa Jodeh 6-2. He opened the day with a convincing 13-4 victory over Baker's Juan Rivera.
Higgins also three matches for the Cougars at 165 pounds, including a 13-2 major decision over Illinois' Colin Carr.
"There were a lot of positive about the event," said Spates.
"We wrestled a lot of matches up and down the lineup," Spates said. "I feel like we have a whole list of things we can get better at, and once we get back on the mat we'll get a chance to work on them."
More than 40 schools and nearly 400 wrestlers participated in the event.
SIUE's next action is the Cougar Clash, a seven-team tournament to be held at the Vadalabene Center Dec. 2. SIUE will entertain Arizona State, Army, Kent State, Chattanooga, Cleveland State and Wisconsin will attend the event. Tickets for the event are available by calling the SIUE Ticket Office (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) at 855-SIUE-TIX.