A strong field of NCAA Division II, III, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and National Junior College Athletic Association programs are on the team roster for the 2018 Spartan Mat Classic Saturday, Jan. 13.
Meet details: Action begins at 9 a.m. inside Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on MU's campus in North Manchester, Ind. … Admission is $5 for adults while high school age and under and senior citizens are admitted free … Live audio, results and video can be followed at http://www.muspartans.com/sports/wrest/2017-18/2018_Spartan_Mat_Classic, the official web site of the Spartan Mat Classic.
Spartan Shorts: Coach Kevin Lake's 2017-18 team is coming off a 1-2 finish at the 2018 National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Duals. The Spartans (2-7) felled Augustana College of Ilinois after being upended by No. 11-ranked Coe and UW-La Crosse … Senior 141-pounder Chase Wilson (Peru, Ind.) remains on D3Wrestle.com's top contender list with an 11-2 record that features seven bonus-point triumphs. The room wins leader, he's followed closely by junior 133-pounder Ben Cauffman (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (10-2); sophomore 149-pounder Jordan Napier (9-6) (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore 133/141-pounder JaVon Phillips (Centerville, Ind.) (8-6) on the victory ladder. Two other Black and Gold grapplers, freshman 157-pounder Stephen Kitko (Noblesville, Ind.) and senior 197-pounder Alex Roberts (Campbelltown, Ind.) are in five-or-more win territory, too. Napier joins Wilson on the D3Wrestle.com potentials group, listed as honorable mention … Four Spartans return that finished sixth-or-higher at last year's SMC. Wilson was a champion at 141, while Phillips won the consolation title at 149; junior Isaac Ray (Atlanta, Ga.) wound up fourth at 174; and Cauffman took sixth at 133. MU has claimed at least one individual title in each of the past two Spartan Mat Classic events.
Dual Competition: MU is part of the contingent at Wabash College of Crawfordsville, Ind.'s Max Servies Duals Saturday, Jan. 20.