Men’s Wrestling Looks to Make Most of Opportunities at Wheaton College

Sophomore Noah Nieman ranks third on the Bulldogs with 16 victories at 149 pounds. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Sophomore Noah Nieman ranks third on the Bulldogs with 16 victories at 149 pounds. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich. — The Adrian College men's wrestling team will get an idea of where it is on season progress this weekend when the Bulldogs compete at the prestigious Wheaton College Pete Willson Invitational. The tournament starts at noon Friday and runs through Saturday inside King Arena in Wheaton, Ill.

Adrian head coach Bill Schindel said the 39-team event is the second-oldest tournament behind the NCAA Championships.

"This is a big test," he said. "You have about one-third of the teams in the country at one tournament. I believe most of the teams are in our regional.

"I believe we are on the right track," Schindel continued. "We could have done a few things better, but overall we are looking to peak around regionals."

The last time out the Bulldogs took out Case Western, 25-12, during Senior Night.

The performance also led to sophomore Devon Pingel earning his second Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Athlete of the Week honor. He leads the Bulldogs with a 21-3 record and nine pins, and is ranked No. 9 at 184 pounds by D3wrestle.com.

"It is always great to get a home win," Schindel said. "We looked tough in all positions. Everyone is really wrestling well. We are still a very young team, but showing a lot of maturity."

Heading to Illinois, Schindel's message team has been consistent and simple.

"Don't waste opportunities," he concluded.

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