EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE wrestling will have nine home dates on the 2019-20 schedule, including the return of the Cougar Clash to open the home schedule Dec. 7.
"Our schedule is probably the best it has been in my time here," said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates. "Once again, we see a number of different conferences which I think is important for when our guys get to the NCAA tournament."
The Cougar Clash features Brown, Little Rock, Michigan State, Missouri and Wisconsin joining the Cougars for a one-day tournament in First Community Arena at the Vadalabene Center.
SIUE's home schedule includes dual matches against Old Dominion (Dec. 18), Purdue (Dec. 19), Cleveland State (Jan. 24), Ohio (Jan. 26), Little Rock (Jan. 30), Northern Illinois (Feb. 1), Missouri (Feb. 13) and Northwestern (Feb. 23).
"Our home schedule is very strong this year," said Spates. "There likely will be a number of nationally-ranked wrestlers and teams coming to First Community Arena at the Vadalabene Center. We have our most talented team coming back so our fans will have a lot of opportunities to see our guys against some of the best competition in the country."
SIUE's schedule officially begins Nov. 1 with a double dual match at Chattanooga where the Cougars face off against Presbyterian and Chattanooga.
The Cougars then travel to Drexel for another double dual Nov. 9 against Drexel and West Liberty. The nonconference schedule also includes a trip to Indiana (Feb. 22).
After the home schedule kicks off in December, SIUE will challenge some of the nation's best wrestlers at the Midlands Championships Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, Illinois.
SIUE, which is participating in the Mid-American Conference for the second season, has a busy league schedule. After the Old Dominion home match, SIUE is on the road for Kent State (Jan. 7), Clarion (Jan. 7) and Buffalo (Jan. 10).
The matches against Cleveland State, Ohio, Northern Illinois and Missouri also are regular season Mid-American duals. The conference season culminates March 7-8 in DeKalb, Illinois, with the MAC Championships.
The NCAA Championships are scheduled for March 19-21 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.