EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – After a two-week layoff, the SIUE wrestling team is set for the Lindenwood Open Saturday.
"It was good to have the time off," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. "We got to watch a lot of film and saw what we needed to work on."
The Cougars have 14 wrestlers competing as well as three more who will be competing as unattached.
Led by Justin Ruffin and Colton McKiernan, who are both 3-0 to start the season, the Cougars will face off against some of the St. Louis area's top talent as well as several top Division I programs in the Midwest like Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Northwestern and Purdue.
"I feel like overall this is our best team," said Spates. "Even though we have taken some losses, we have had a lot of hand raises. I think we're going to continue that trend."
125: Gage Datlovsky, Matt Malavsky, Tommy Dineen*^
133: Honor Nguyen*
141: Saul Ervin
149: Tyshawn Williams, Max Kristoff
157: Justin Ruffin, Coleman Brainard^
165: Chase Diehl
174: Kevin Gschwendtner
184: Ryan Yarnell, Sergio Villalobos^
197: Aric Bohn, Austin Andres, Jake McKiernan
285: Colton McKiernan
*Competing in the Freshman/Sophomore Divison