CLEVELAND – Wrestling in the Mid-American Conference just got more competitive Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was named today as an affiliate member.
SIU Edwardsville will begin as an affiliate member for the 2018-19 wrestling season. SIUE also will join the MAC as an affiliate member in men’s soccer in 2018.
The MAC will consist of nine wrestling programs – six from full MAC membership (Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Northern Illinois and Ohio) and three affiliate members (Missouri, Old Dominion and SIUE). “After significant study and discussion by our member institution’s coaches and administrators the Mid-American Conference has made a move to strengthen the Conference with the addition of SIU Edwardsville as an affiliate member in both men’s soccer and wrestling,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. “Both programs will add quality and depth to the Conference. I am pleased to welcome SIU Edwardsville, their student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans to the Mid-American Conference.” “Joining the Mid-American Conference as an affiliate member in these two sports is not only a compliment, but also a recognition and validation of each program’s recent success,” SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt said.
SIUE wrestling is fresh from one of its best seasons since the move to Division I. Three SIUE wrestlers won their respective weight classes at the Southern Conference championship and advanced to the 2017 NCAA championships. Senior Jake Residori finished in eighth place, becoming SIUE’s first All-American in 30 years. The Cougars enjoyed their most successful season in the Southern Conference, collecting 69.5 points to finish third at the championship. The third-place finish followed the Cougars’ best-ever regular-season finish at 4-3.
Last season, CMU sent nine wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, the second-most in program history.