February 9, 2011

#8 Wrestling Travels to Heidelberg For Key OAC Dual; LIVE VIDEO

No. 8 in the nation Mount Union travels to defending Ohio Athletic Conference champ Heidelberg in a key conference dual in Tiffin. 

The match was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 1.

Heidelberg will have LIVE VIDEO of the match which you can access by clicking the link above (You need to register for FREE before match then link will be active). 

Mount Union is a perfect 11-0 on the season and in first place in the OAC with a 3-0 record, while Heidelberg is 9-8-2 overall and 2-1 in the OAC.

Projected Mount Union Lineup
125 Riki Reynolds
133 Colin Dennis
141 Josh Malave
149 Kevin Shadrach
157 Joe Spooner
165 John Piechuta
174 Jeremy Hathaway
184 Andy Jenkins
197 Bill Schindel
285 Derick Hesson

History
Heidelberg has won the last five duals and seven of the last 10.  Mount Union's last win was a 21-9 win in Tiffin during the 2004-05 season.

Schindel, Reynolds and Malave Nationally Ranked
Mount Union senior Bill Schindel at 197, sophomore Riki Reynolds at 125 and junior Josh Malave at 141 are all nationally ranked this week. 

Schindel, a two-time All-American, is ranked No. 4 at 197 and is 22-1 this season after taking his first loss of the season in the title match of the Pete Willson/Wheaton Invite.   

Reynolds, who won the 125 pound OAC title and advanced to the NCAA Championships, is ranked No. 4 and is 18-6 on the season and he finished second at this past weekend's Pete Willson/Wheaton Invite.

Malave, who enters the rankings for the first time this week, has a team-best 30 wins on the season (30-8 record) at 141 and placed second at the OAC Championships in 2010. 

Scouting the Student Prince
Matt Curley is No. 8 in the nation at 165 and leads Heidelberg with a 26-4 record.  Jerry Knapp is 21-9 at 285 and Andrew Lovins is 16-5 at 197.

Nathan Shearer is in his first year as head coach at Heidelberg after serving as an assistant coach last year. 

Heidelberg has won the last five OAC Tournament titles and regular season titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

Training Facility To Be Dedicated to Gorman
The athletic training facility within the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex at Mount Union will be named in honor of director of the athletic training program Dan Gorman.  Gorman was tragically killed in an accident involving the bus bringing the wrestling team back from Ohio Northern on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Up Next
Mount Union is off until Saturday, Feb. 12 when they host Wilmington in an OAC dual at 2 pm in The MAAC. 

Brute/Adidas National Wrestling Coaches Association National Poll (Feb. 8)

1. Wartburg (Iowa)
2. Wis.-LaCrosse
3. Augsburg (Minn.)
4. Ithaca (N.Y.)
5. Coe (Iowa)
6. Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.)
7. St. John's (Minn.)
8. Mount Union
9. Olivet (Mich.)
10. Centenary (N.J.)
11. US Merchant Marine (N.Y.)
12. New Jersey
13. Wilkes (Pa.)
14. Ohio Northern
15. York (Pa.)
16. Wabash (Ind.)
17. Wis.-Whitewater
18. Wis.-Stevens Point
19. Cornell (Iowa)
20. Cortland State (N.Y.)
21. Delaware Valley (Pa.)
22. North Central (Ill.)
23. Elmhurst (Ill.)
24. Elizabethtown (Pa.)
25. Springfield (Mass.)
26. Dubuque (Iowa)
27. Waynesburg (Pa.)
28. Brockport State (N.Y.)
29. Wesleyan (Conn.)
30. Oneonta State (N.Y.)

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