University of Tennessee at Knoxville 18 v University of Memphis 24       MTSU Alumni Duals       Cumberland University 21 v Middle Tennessee State University 18       Huntingdon College (AL) 49 v University of Memphis 6       Middle Tennessee State University 53 v Huntingdon College (AL) 0       Ramapo College of New Jersey 24 v Rutgers - The State University of NJ 18       University of Memphis 24 v University of Tennessee at Knoxville 18       Rowan University 46 v Ramapo College of New Jersey 16       Middle Tennessee State University 53 v University of Tennessee at Knoxville 9       Montclair State University 41 v Ramapo College of New Jersey 18       

Lakers wrestle tough at EMU Open & MSU Open

11/20/2008 -

GRAND RAPIDS MI - To kick off the official season Grand Valley sent wrestlers to the Eastern Michigan University. Each wrestler had tough matches against the likes of DI, II and III wrestlers. Overall Grand Valley had 3 placers. Joe Kuzmicz bumped up to wrestle at the 285lbs weight class and took third losing a close match in the semifinals in the 3rd overtime 4-2. Other placers included Derek Marshall (184lbs) 5th and TJ Sobeck (133lbs) 5th. TJ made an impressive outing after losing his opening match and then fighting back and revenging the loss against John Herbert (MSU) in his final match 11-4.

Overall these were Grand Valley's first matches against other opponents and they showed great toughness and grit. Wrestlers returned to the mat again at Michigan State this past Sunday for the MSU Open.

The young GV wrestlers faced stiffer competition this time. It was a long day, but the Laker wresters showed perseverance. The results were not as glamorous as the EMU Open but it was a great learning opportunity. The Lakers were able to put there skills against some of the best up and coming talent in DI wrestling. From these matches, GV wrestlers will be able to see how they need to improve in the future.

A top performer of the day was again TJ Sobeck. Though no one stood on the medal stand for the Lakers, TJ stood toe-to-toe with some of the best. He showed resiliency and great skill. He will be interesting to watch the rest of the year and looks to be a contender in the 133lbs weight class in Virginia this coming March for NCWA National Tournament.