Mat Mayhem: MU in D3 National Duals field

A frenetic first month of 2018 begins for Manchester University at the National Wrestling Coaches Association's Division III Duals as part of Mat Mayhem Thursday and Friday, Jan. 4 and 5.

Meet details: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne is the host site … Tickets are $40 for an adult all-session pass; $30 for a student all-session pass; $20 for an adult single-day admission and $15 for a student single-day admission … Live match-by-match results and video are accessible at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University. Individuals interested in the video option should be advised there is a fee of $19.95 which covers the entire weekend and all duals. There is no cost to follow the results.

Spartan Shorts: MU, sporting a 1-5 record, faces No. 11-ranked Coe College of Iowa at 9 a.m. Thursday in one of eight first-round match-ups. The winner advances to a second-round winner's bracket clash against Ferrum College of Virginia set for 11 a.m., while the losing team is sent to the backside of the draw … Coach Kevin Lake and his staff have established the following as a probable line-up for the weekend – 125: Josh Stephenson, fr., Yorktown, Ind. (3-10)/Elijuh Weaver, fr., Warren Mich. (1-3); 133: Ben Cauffman, jr., Fort Wayne, Ind. (8-2)/JaVon Phillips, so., Centerville, Ind. (8-5); 141: Chase Wilson, sr., Peru, Ind. (9-2); 149 – Jordan Napier, so., Indianapolis, Ind. (6-6); 157: Stephen Kitko, fr., Noblesville, Ind. (5-9); 165 – Alex Arney, sr., Fort Wayne, Ind. (1-9); 174 – Tristan Wilson, sr., Fort Wayne, Ind. (1-8); 184 – Isaac Ray, jr., Atlanta, Ind. (0-9); 197 – Alex Roberts, sr., Campbelltown, Ind. (5-9); HWT – Tristin Choate, so., Mt. Vernon, Ind. (3-8)/Nik Joyner, sr., Bedford, Ind. (0-2) … Wilson, harboring a nine-match win skein, continues to earn national poll points. He's No. 9 on the NWCA and continues to move up the D3Wrestle.com rankings sitting one spot shy of the first ten as the top contender. Napier is also earning recognition from D3Wrestle.com in the honorable mention section.

Back Home: The Black and Gold host the Spartan Mat Classic Saturday, Jan. 13.