Official MAC Brackets
NORFOLK, Va. – SIUE wrestling is headed to its first-ever Mid-American Conference Wrestling Championships set for Friday and Saturday at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
The eight-team tournament features teams from SIUE, defending champion Missouri, Northern Illinois, Central Michigan, Ohio, Buffalo, Kent State and host Old Dominion.
--Williams (149) and Nate Higgins (165) qualified for the NCAA Championships last season as champions at their respective weight classes at last season's Southern Conference Championships.
--Ruffin (157) is a true freshman and is ranked 25th in the RPI.
--Colton McKiernan (285) is a true freshman and led the team in victories with 19.
--McKiernan's older brother Jake is a senior on this year's team in the same weight class. Jake was battling back from injuries and won his final collegiate match with a pin at Wisconsin.
--SIUE recorded its first-ever MAC dual victory Jan. 11 with a 20-16 home win over Buffalo.
--Head Coach Jeremy Spates is in his sixth season at SIUE. He coached Division I All-American Jake Residori (174/2016-17) at SIUE.
--Spates previously coached as an assistant at Cornell, where he was instrumental in development of four-time national champion Kyle Dake
--Spates was a 2004 All-American at Missouri under Coach Brian Smith
--Spates' father is former Oklahoma Head Coach Jack Spates