EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – For the second straight season, SIUE wrestling is headed to Florida for the South Beach Duals.
SIUE is set for two days of competition and four dual matches in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On Saturday, the Cougars meet Michigan State at 10 a.m. CT followed by Kent State at noon CT. On Sunday, SIUE matches up against Virginia at 10 a.m. CT and Wyoming at noon CT.
The Kent State match is a Mid-American Conference matchup agreed upon as Kent State came to SIUE earlier this season for the Cougar Clash. The other three teams are from the Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC.
"Mentally our guys are in a good spot," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. "It's been tough because we've had some tough competition and have taken some losses, but I think they understand that is part if the process. I think the younger guys are figuring out there are more ways to win."
After completing this event last year, Spates believes the Cougars have learned from the 2017 South Beach Duals.
"We'll have a little better training this year than last year," said Spates. "I think we'll be ready to wrestle."
125 – Austin Macias, Matt Malavsky and Gage Datlovsky
133 – Jacob Blaha, Lucas Bernal
141 – Jacob Blaha, Lucas Bernal
149 – Tyshawn Williams
157 – Justin Ruffin, Trent Rakers
165 – Nate Higgins
174 – Kevin Gschwendtner
184 – Sergio Villalobos
197 – Christian Dulaney
285 – Colton McKiernan, Tommy Helton