Crusaders News
Wrestling - Mon, Mar. 1, 2010

Crusader Wrestlers battle tough at Conference competing against several highly ranked teams in the nation. Two to the top five teams in the nation are in our conference say Coach Harris, but we went head to head with them. We got beat in some matches but we beat them in matches as well. I'm proud of everyone of our guys for fighting hard.

TTU Wrestlers compete hard against a tough conference field this past weekend. The Crusaders are sending three to Nationals in Hampton, VA March 11-13. Ian Stephens dominated his opponents beating the nationally ranked number one and three opponents in the nation. The top ranked opponent was from Joe Eassa from University of Maryland in Baltimore County. Ian was overpowering his opponent the entire match and then pinned him late in the second period to win the conference championship at 184 pounds.

Coach Guy Harris says "Ian is a beast. He works out about two times daily. He's explosive, very technical, and mentally very tough. I expect him to have a great nation tournament." 

"Big Hurricane" Sidney Garrett from Polk County Florida wrestled an outstanding tournament. He beat the #2 and #4 conference ranked opponents soundly. Pinning one and beating the other by eight points.  Coach Guy Harris says "Sidney has worked really hard this semester. He lifts and runs extra. Leading up to the tournament he was very disciplined about his weight management. He wrestled like a champion this weekend. We had a plan and he stuck to it and was tough. I think he could do very well at Nationals if he prepares and competes like he did this weekend."

Freshman, Matt Montgomery, wrestled very well and placed sixth earning him a spot to go Nationals. Coach Guy Harris says "Matt was really a surprise because he just started wrestling for us this semester. He suffered a rib injury during the first tournament and hasn't had that many matches, so I really haven't had a good look at him in live competition. I glad he qualified and hope to see him to do good things. He's a good wrestler and has been coached very well in high school."