Men's Wrestling Back in Action This Week for Two Events in Ohio

Sophomore Noah Nieman and the Adrian Bulldogs will wrestle a dual tonight at Lourdes and a tournament at Ohio Northern two days later. (Photo provided)
Sophomore Noah Nieman and the Adrian Bulldogs will wrestle a dual tonight at Lourdes and a tournament at Ohio Northern two days later. (Photo provided)

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The Adrian College men's wrestling team looks to get back to its winning ways with a dual Thursday at Lourdes University. The match with the Gray Wolves starts at 7 p.m. in the Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center.

Thursday's dual is Adrian College's first action since the team was off last week for Thanksgiving break. The Bulldogs come in with a 3-1 record while Lourdes, an NAIA-scholarship program, sits at 3-2.

The Bulldogs then have a quick turnaround with a tournament at Ohio Northern University on Saturday, Dec. 1.

"Right now is a fun time because guys get to come back after they got a little bit of a break and spend some time with their family," said Bulldogs head coach Bill Schindel. "You get to see how mentally tough the kids are."

The Black and Gold have dropped two close duals to Lourdes the last two seasons: 24-18 in Adrian on Nov. 30, 2017, and 27-19 in Sylvania, Ohio, on Dec. 1, 2016.

"Obviously, we want to go in and win the dual against Lourdes," Schindel said. "We've kind of battled really well on the road. We want to see if we can continue that momentum against a pretty good opponent. It's a good test for us. It's been a really competitive dual the last two years."

After the two competitions this week, the Bulldogs only have one other competition before idling for winter break.

"This is a fun time to see if we can get that last push before we get to the second half of the season," Schindel said.

The past week has been a little different for the Bulldogs. Schindel and his wife Krista welcomed an addition to their family with the birth of their second daughter Avery.

"I think the guys have done a good job. The staff has done a great job. I am excited to rejoin the team," Schindel said. "This week was just as slow and awkward for me as it was for the guys."

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--Dominic Adams, Special to AdrianBulldogs.com