Middle Tennessee State University Team Press Releases
Blue Raiders Place 2nd at Alumni Duals to former NCAA D-1 Liberty
The MT Wrestling team hosted 4 collegiate teams as well as 4 high school teams (Beech, Blackman, Father Ryan, and Rossview) on Saturday, November 5th at Smyrna H.S. The four high schools competed in exhibition duals as the date is considered part of the preseason in Tennessee. All of the schools had connections to MTSU, either past or present with coaching alumni at Father Ryan and Beech and graduates on the MTSU roster from Beech, Blackman, and Rossview. The college event started with a spirited dual between the host Blue Raiders and Spartanburg Methodist College (NJCAA, 2-2). MTSU (2-1, #13 NCWA Coaches’ Poll) got off to a 13-0 lead before the Pioneers scored a point with a forfeit at 125, a tough 8-4 decision by Eric Feuerbacher (Fr, 6-2) at 133 over Brandon Stevens, and a major decision by Trey Thigpen (So, 3-0) over Damian Kennerly 12-4 at 141. At 149, MTSU forfeited due to an injured Kyle Chandler who should be back in time for the Campbellsville Duals (NAIA) on 11/19/11 in Campbellsville, KY. Everett Colbert (So, 6-1) got the Blue Raiders back on the winning track with a 18-8 major decision (5 takedowns) over Jonathan Cloud to make the team score 17-6. Senior Captain Nick Appleby (4-2) then added 6 team points with a fall in 2:44 over Jonathan Dykes to make it 23-6. But that is when the Pioneers of SMC made a run with 4 straight wins to end the match. At 174, Jonathan Roberts (Fr, 3-4) lost a decision by riding time to Michael Clevenger 7-6. 184 pounder Rakim Talley (Fr, 4-2) then lost in overtime 10-8 to Mateo Rojas in a hotly contested match that saw Rojas score a reversal in the waning seconds to take it to overtime. The 197 match also went into overtime with Denzel Caldwell (Fr, 2-4) losing 3-1 to a 4x state placer from SC Keyshon Flores. While losing 3 matches straight the Blue Raiders assured themselves of victory with only 1 match remaining by keeping the Pioneers from scoring bonus points. Tyler Bond wrestled at 285 losing by major decision 16-4 to Preston Pickens leaving the final score at 23-19 in MTSU’s favor. Michael LaBadie (Fr, 3-3) lost an exhibition match at 184 9-6 to Michael Young.
The second match of the day pitted the MTSU-B squad vs. the Liberty-B team with MTSU coming out victorious. Freshmen Shane Shaffner (2-2), Eric Feuerbacher (bumping to 141), Joseph Melson (1-1), Michael LaBadie, Adam Wells (4-3), and Jonathan Taylor (1-0) all recorded victories in the match. For Melson and Taylor it was their first collegiate wins. Next up for the Blue Raiders was the short-sided squad from Arkansas Baptist (NJCAA, 0-3). With only 4 starters on the travel roster due to injuries, the Buffaloes never had a chance and ultimately lost 52-3 to MTSU. In actual matchups, Trey Thigpen bumped to 149 and defeated Hakeem Howard by pinfall in 1:18, Everett Colbert won by major decision 13-3 recording 4 more takedowns over Darius Cosby, and Tyler Bond lost by decision 3-2 to Aaron Robinson.
The finals of the tournament pitted the host Blue Raiders against the Liberty Flames. Liberty University was reclassified in the offseason after winning 3 NCAA East Regional Championships under Coach Jesse Castro. Liberty (6-0, #5 NCWA Coaches’ Poll) beat Spartanburg 33-10 and Arkansas Baptist 51-6. While Liberty would end up defeating MTSU by a wide margin, by closer inspection the match was much closer. At 125, Anthony Patnode got a well-fought decision victory over Jeremy Beale 7-4 to go 3-0 on the day for the Blue Raiders and solidify his spot amongst the top of the NCWA as he is currently ranked #3 in the country in points. The 133 pound contest was a tale of two matches with Ryan Miller of Liberty getting off to a 6-0 lead after the first period over former TN state champ and NCWA Preseason All-American Eric Feuerbacher. Eric then fought back to make the score 8-3 after the second period. Choosing neutral in the third, he then scored a takedown and 2 pt nearfall but came up short losing 8-7. The team score was equal at 3-3. Trey Thigpen earned the lead back for MTSU with a 15-5 major decision over Aaron Beverly. During this match, Trey who is a 2x NCWA Preseason All-American became the all-time leader in takedowns for the modern era (2007-2011) with 84 overall, passing Anthony Pierce (07-09). That means that the career leaders for takedowns, falls, nearfalls, wins, and quickest pin are all currently on the MTSU roster. After a forfeit at 149, Liberty jumped back in the lead 9-7 and would not relinquish it again. Everett Colbert would lose his first match of the season 8-4 against Robert Clymer at 157 making the team score 12-7 Liberty. A quick pin for the Flames by preseason NCWA All-American Gabriel Bird at 165 over Captain Nick Appleby in 2:00 made the team score 18-7. At 174, Jonathan Roberts lost a close 4-3 decision to Keyshawn Ward, which made it 21-7. In order for the Blue Raiders to win this match, they would need 3 victories by fall and a decision loss from the next 4 grapplers, all Freshmen. This seemed possible after Rakim Talley pinned his opponent, Brandon McKee, in 6:19 to close the gap to 21-13. The decision loss came at 197 with Aaron Thompson of Liberty winning 7-2 over Denzel Caldwell. At 235, Adam Wells fought hard but lost by major decision 13-5 to Brandon Lawrence earning an assured victory for the Flames. Replacing Tyler Bond at 285 was Senior Miles Taylor bumping up from 235 to face an experienced Andrew Wilson of Liberty. Unfortunately the move didn’t pay off with Wilson recording a pinfall in 1:26 ending the match at 34-13 Liberty.
The Blue Raiders next head to Shorter University in Rome, GA for the Roman Open on 11/12/11 at the Winthrop-King Centre. Several MTSU wrestlers have a chance of placing in the 16-man bracket with Anthony Patnode (125), Eric Feuerbacher (133), Everett Colbert (157), and Michael LaBadie (184) getting consideration for seeds.
6 Middle Tennessee State wrestlers Qualify for '09 Nationals03/03/2009
|In its second year of the current wrestling program, MTSU has twice as many National Qualifiers (6) as in the first year (3). The Mid Atlantic Conference Championship was held on February 28, 2009 at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, VA. 19 teams competed for the conference ch....|
Middle Tennessee aims for elite status in 201010/24/2009
|After a 21st place finish at the 2009 NCWA National Tournament and an 11th place finish at the inaugural NCWA National Duals, MTSU looks to vastly improve its status within both the Mid-Atlantic Conference and the NCWA. MTSU will be led by returners Cory Watson (125, Sr-2x National Qualif....|
Middle Tennessee State wins '09 Bear Invitational11/04/2009
|Fifteen MTSU wrestlers competed at the Bear Invitational hosted by Mercer University in Macon, GA on 10/31/09. The Blue Raiders took the team title with a total score (based on 1st thru 3rd placement points) of 54 pts. Mercer was runner-up at 48 pts followed by Georgia Southern (41) and ....|
Marion Military Dominates the Brawl in the Boro11/17/2009
|Seven NCWA institutions gathered at the site of the 2009 NCWA National Duals for the annual MTSU Brawl in the Boro on November 14th, 2009. The tournament featured top seeded Marion Military Institute and Middle Tennessee State University in Pool Round-Robin matches. Pool A consisted of M....|
MTSU travels back to Coach's Roots02/11/2010
|The Middle Tennessee State University wrestling team will head to Toledo, Ohio for a quad match this weekend (2/13) with the University of Toledo, Ohio University, and The Ohio State University. This may seem like a minor event except that it will mark the first time since 2002 that Coach....|
Middle Tennessee to Co-Host NCWA National Duals10/17/2010
|Middle Tennessee State University will host the NCWA National Duals for the third consecutive season. Along with co-host Mercer University, MTSU is set to descend on Dalton, GA from January 28th to 29th of 2011 for this spectacular 10-mat event. 24 NCWA teams will compete for the Collegi....|
Middle Tennessee Wrestling Announces the 2011-2012 Signing Class!05/03/2011
|Murfreesboro, TN. April 16, 2011 by Bryan Knepper
This MTSU Signing Class Had a Senior Record of 466-85 and a combined 3.35 GPA!
Pictured: (front, l to r): Kendall Kermick, Shane Shaffner, Joey Tamburello, Eric Feuerbacher, Zach Pickney, Joseph Melson; (back, l to r): Jonathan Rob....|
Middle Tennessee State University Wrestling Preview08/19/2011
|The Middle Tennessee State University wrestling squad (www.blueraiderwrestling.com) will look for a top-10 finish this season in the ultra-competitive National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA, www.ncwa.net) with multiple additions to the team from within the state of Tennessee.
Middle Tennessee Takes Home the Bear Trophy11/01/2011
|Macon, GA. October 29, 2011 ~ submitted by Bryan Knepper
The inaugural event of the 2011-2012 NCWA season saw the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders edge out host Mercer University to win the Bear Invitational on 10/29/11 in Macon, GA (site of the 2011 NCWA Championships). ....|
Blue Raiders Place 2nd at Alumni Duals to former NCAA D-1 Liberty11/13/2011
|The MT Wrestling team hosted 4 collegiate teams as well as 4 high school teams (Beech, Blackman, Father Ryan, and Rossview) on Saturday, November 5th at Smyrna H.S. The four high schools competed in exhibition duals as the date is considered part of the preseason in Tennessee. All of the....|
MTSU Places 9 at the MAC Championship02/28/2012
|In a field that featured NCAA Division 2 school St. Andrews University, which is transitioning to the NAIA, former NCAA Division 1 school Liberty University, NAIA school West Virginia Tech, which is transitioning to NCAA Division 2, as well as NCWA powerhouses The Apprentice School and the....|
Bear Invitational Jump Starts Promising 2012-13 Season10/16/2012
|On October 27th, 2012 the Middle Tennessee State wrestlers return to Macon, GA for the 2012 Mercer University Bear Invitational that will jump start the 2012-13 campaign. The Blue Raiders hope to repeat last year’s successful start to the season with 8 wrestler returning from a team that n....|
MTSU 34 Cumberland 17…Roberts Gets Big Pin in Front of Home Crowd12/16/2012
|The MTSU Wrestling team defeated in-state rival Cumberland University with big wins at 184, 197, and 285 and with the help of lower weight forfeits by a score of 34-17 in front of a captive audience prior to the finals of the Beech Invitational in Hendersonville, TN on Dec 15th, 2012. High....|
2 Blue Raiders Finish 4th in Tough Patriot Open11/09/2013
|Junior Eric Feuerbacher and Sophomore Carlos Garcia both emerged from last weekend’s Patriot Open with 4th place finishes in their respective weight classes (133 and 141), setting the water mark for the highest finish in team history at the University of the Cumberland’s annual open tourna....|
Blue Raiders Dominate Bear Invitational11/15/2013
|The Blue Raiders were at the top of the food chain at the Bear Invitational at Mercer University this last weekend. The tournament hosted seven universities and MTSU showed no mercy. Along with eight placers, the team as a whole brought home the gold in the trophy form of a bear.
Blue Raiders place 2nd at NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference Tournament03/05/2014
|When the smoke cleared at this weekend’s NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference tournament in Johnson City, TN on the campus of ETSU, the story wasn’t the same as it had always been. Perennial MAC powers Liberty University and The Apprentice School had placed in the top 2 since Liberty’s entry into ....|