SIUE Wrestling Heads to Missouri Valley Open

Missouri Valley

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – More than 80 schools will send wrestlers to the Missouri Valley Open Saturday in Marshall, Missouri.

SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates said he intends to use this week as a way to give some of his wrestlers an opportunity to get some much-needed matches late in the season.

"Some of these wrestlers going to Missouri Valley haven't been in the lineup," said Spates. "It's a chance for them to wrestle. Some guys just need to get more mat time. We have a good mix of wrestlers headed there."

Much of SIUE's regular lineup will not be in competition as it is time away from the mat to heal minor injuries.

"It's also a good opportunity for those competing to go out and try some of things we've been working on in practice whether it's technically or mentality-wise," added Spates.

Some of the other NCAA Division I programs expected to send wrestlers to the Missouri Valley Open include Chattanooga, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, South Dakota State, and Stanford.

SIUE Lineup
Nick Bleise
Coleman Brainard
Jake Godinez
Tommy Helton
Austin Macias
Matt Malavsky
Colton McKiernan
Trent Rakers
Cameron Kelly
Ryan Yarnell