By SIUE Athletics

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE wrestling won half of the matches at Friday’s opener but fell to bonus points, giving Indiana a 21-15 victory at the Jon Davis Center.

“I thought overall we wrestled well but not good enough to win,” said SIUE Head Coach Jeremy Spates.

Tyshawn Williams picked up SIUE’s first win of the night at 149 pounds after the Cougars fell behind 15-0. Williams earned a takedown in the final period for a 5-3 victory over Indiana’s Tristan Sellmer.

SIUE’s Justin Ruffin and Sergio Villalobos enjoyed successful collegiate debuts with wins at 157 pounds and 184 pounds, respectively. Ruffin downed Jake Danishek 4-1. Villalobos edged Jakob Hinz 6-2.

Christian Dulaney followed Villalobos with his first win of the season, a 7-6 victory at 197 pounds. Tommy Helton closed out the match for the Cougars with a 6-2 decision over Brandon Streck.

SIUE continues a busy weekend with Maryville Kaufman Brand Open Saturday followed by a road dual meet Sunday at Iowa State.

Indiana 21 SIUE 15
125 Elijah Oliver (Indiana) over Austin Macias (SIUE) (Dec 6-4)
133 Garrett Pepple (Indiana) over Gage Datlovsky (SIUE) (Fall 3:25)
141 Paul Konrath (Indiana) over Jacob Blaha (SIUE) (Fall 1:30)
149 Tyshawn Williams (SIUE) over Tristan Sellmer (Indiana) (Dec 5-3)
157 Justin Ruffin (SIUE) over Jake Danishek (Indiana) (Dec 4-1)
165 Bryce Martin (Indiana) over Nate Higgins (SIUE) (Dec 11-5)
174 Dillion Hoey (Indiana) over Ryan Yarnell (SIUE) (Dec 7-5)
184 Sergio Villalobos (SIUE) over Jakob Hinz (Indiana) (Dec 3-2)
197 Christian Dulaney (SIUE) over Jake Kleimola (Indiana) (Dec 7-6)
285 Tommy Helton (SIUE) over Brandon Streck (Indiana) (Dec 6-2)