Jackrabbit wrestlers prepare for endowment meet

David Michaud

David MichaudSportswriter

The first home duals of the season for the Jackrabbits also marks the Jackrabbit Wrestling Endowment meet, with all proceeds directly benefiting the SDSU wrestling team.

“This endowment match shows how much (SDSU) is behind us and supports us,” said head wrestling coach Jason Liles. “Other wrestling teams have done this and now it’s our turn.”

The endowment match will feature three duals on Sunday, Dec. 12. SDSU will start the day by taking on Northern State at noon, which will be followed by Northern State going against Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville at 2 p.m. The final match of the day will feature the Jackrabbits facing SIU-Edwardsville at 4 p.m.

Liles has high hopes for the day and would like to see the program set a new record for attendance.

Everyone who attends the meet will not only be treated to a great day of Jackrabbit wrestling, there will also be other perks for all the fans. The first 500 people through the door are set to receive an official SDSU “Get Jacked” t-shirt. Fans are also welcomed to attend a meet and greet with all Jackrabbit wrestlers along with an autograph session. The SDSU drumline will also be performing the entertainment during the matches.

“This match is really going to go a long way to helping ensure the future of SDSU wrestling,” said coach Liles. “We get 100 percent of all the money and that is going to go right back to us (the wrestling program). The money is going to help us with scholarships, travel costs, everything really.”

The day is not all about fun and games for the Jacks though; they still have winning on their minds.

“The endowment meet is a good thing for us and the fans, but we still have to go out there and win to make the fans want to come back,” said assistant coach Zach Schafer. “If we don’t perform up to our abilities then the fans will not have a very good time.”

“They are coming to see high level wrestling and that’s what we plan on giving them.”

With two teams looking to pick up their first wins of the season in Brookings, Dec. 12 is looking like a good day to see quality wrestling matches at Frost Arena.

Doors open at 11 a.m. and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children K-12. The Jacks would like anyone who can attend to come and join in on a exciting day with the SDSU wrestlers.

“We are hoping to get as many people into the arena as possible,” said Liles, “the more fans we have, the harder our guys compete on the mat.”

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