The Truman State University wrestling team competed among some of the toughest competition in the nation with three nationally ranked opponents last weekend at the Lombardi Duals in St. Louis. The Bulldogs took on No. 4 Maryville University, No. 18 University of Indianapolis and No. 6 McKendree University. The ‘Dogs got off to a rough start with a 45-0 shoutout loss against Maryville and were overpowered from there on out, taking three losses.
Head Coach David Schutter says the ‘Dogs did as well as they could have and ended the weekend with a takeaway of some great experience after seeing some of the best wrestlers and programs in the nation. This was Truman’s first time competing in this annual meet.
The wrestlers are taking the next weekend off in preparation for the upcoming NCAA regional at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Redshirt senior J.J. Dorrell says this week has been restful with a more laid back environment to recover and gear up for Minnesota State.
“Next week we will start getting more serious leading up to Friday, which is the first day of regionals,” Dorrell says. “Our plan is to peak at the right time and get some guys through to Nationals.”
The NCAA Div. II National Wrestling Championships will take place March 10 and 11 in Birmingham, Alabama.