Wrestling individuals win, but team loses

In the 149 weight class, Tyshawn Williams wins 5-2 against Northern Illinois University’s McCoy Kent.

Wrestling fell to Northern Illinois University on Feb. 1, with a final score of 29-9. 

In the final match of the night, sophomore heavyweight Colton McKiernan went into a triple overtime match against Northern Illinois’ Max Ihry. Through a drawn out fight, McKiernan managed to score a takedown with two seconds left in overtime, ending the night with an individual win for SIUE.

McKiernan said the most important thing for him going into overtime was keeping the momentum.

“When I go into overtime matches like that, it’s just keeping a steady pace, keeping the pressure on the guy,” McKiernan said. “If you keep going hard, you’re going to break him, so that’s basically my mindset.”

Tyshawn Williams, a senior in the 149 weight class, also managed to score an individual win during the meet, entering into the third round up on points, and finally beating McCoy Kent 5-2 in a heated match.

Williams said that being up on points didn’t stop him from doing his best.

“I definitely went into the third point thinking that I wanted to score more points than I did,” Williams said. “And that’s something I can take and work on for next time.”

Sophomore Justin Ruffin in the 157 weight class scored the only other win of the meet for SIUE, winning 4-0 against Northern Illinois’ Mason Kauffman. 

Saturday brought wrestling to a record of 1-7 for this season. Their last win was Jan. 30 against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Head Coach Jeremy Spates said they’re hoping to win more matches going forward, but he is happy about the individual wins they have been scoring.

“We’ve not won a lot of dual-meets, but we’ve had individual guys winning,” Spates said. “We were really close in some of them, but we found a way to win some of the individual ones.”

In Men’s Wrestling’s next match, the Cougars will face the University of Missouri at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Vadalabene Center.

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