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Middle Tennessee State University Team Press Releases

Bear Invitational Jump Starts Promising 2012-13 Season

10/16/2012 -
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 notched its second 1st place team finish in three seasons.

Juniors Anthony Patnode (3rd at 125) and Everett Colbert (1st at 157), along with Sophomores Eric Feuerbacher (2nd at 141), Rakim Talley (2nd at 184), Jonathan Roberts (4th at 174), Mike LaBadie (4th at 184), Adam Wells (4th at 235), and Tyler Bond (3rd at 285) along with several key new faces look to continue MTSU’s success at the Bear Invitational, as well as improve upon last year’s respective finishes, and build momentum for what looks to be a promising season for the young team.

Following three new dates on the schedule that have the Blue Raiders competing in the Citadel Open (NCAA-D1) in Charleston, SC on November 3rd, hosting the Blue Raider Classic (College open/ High School preseason tournament) on November 10th in Hendersonville, TN, and competing in a very tough NCAA-D2 King College Open in Bristol, TN on November 18th, the successful MTSU Alumni Duals return to the Mid-state on December 1st as 2011 tournament champions Liberty University look to repeat against a very tough field that includes host school, MTSU, alongside other NCWA schools Marion Military Institute, Southern Virginia University, Tennessee Temple, and the University of Tennessee, as well as Arkansas Baptist (NJCAA), and Lebanon, TN’s Cumberland University. MTSU and Cumberland clash for a second time in two weeks on December 15th at 2:45 pm at Beech H.S. before the Blue Raiders travel to Arlington, TN to face-off against NAIA school Central Baptist on January 5th.

MTSU looks to build upon last season’s impressive finish at the National Duals on January 18th and 19th as they co-host the 2013 NCWA National Duals in Dalton, GA. The Blue Raiders’ 8th place finish was the highest in team history and with ten returning starters, MTSU hopes to have another benchmark showing at the NCWA’s premier Team dual event.

Sophomore Shane Shaffner, the returning 2012 125lb Shipbuilder Invitational champion, looks to repeat at The Apprentice School’s annual individual tournament in Newport News, VA. Last season, Shaffner became the first Blue Raider in team history to win the Shipbuilder Invitational, but Eric Feuerbacher (2nd at 133), Everett Colbert (4th at 157), Mike LaBadie (4th at 197), Adam Wells (6th at 235), and Tyler Bond (6th at 285) look to ensure Shaffner’s name won’t be alone as they vie for championships in their respective weight classes.

Truett-McConnell (NAIA) makes a trip to Murfreesboro on February 2nd for a dual before the Blue Raiders travel to Toledo, OH for the Glass City Duals (Toledo University) where MTSU went unbeaten (5-0) and finished with a 1st place finish in 2012 following their 2nd place finish in 2011. The trip to Toledo is a return home for MTSU Head Coach Bryan Knepper, who founded the Toledo NCWA Program.

Last season, MTSU qualified 9 wrestlers for nationals and finished 5th overall at the NCWA Mid-Atlantic tournament held in Lynchberg, VA on the campus of Liberty University. This season, they return 8 of those 9 qualifiers with the lone departure being three-time NCWA National Qualifier Nick Appleby to graduation this past Spring. Last year steeled a young, yet talented team composed mostly of Freshmen, and the now seasoned group has a full season of collegiate competition under their collective belt and look to break through in a tough field at the 2013 NCWA Mid-Atlantic tournament, again held on the campus of Liberty University on March 2nd before heading to Allen, TX for the 2013 NCWA National tournament.

6 Middle Tennessee State wrestlers Qualify for '09 Nationals

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 2010

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 Invitational

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 Boro

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 Roots

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 Duals

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!

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 Preview

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. T....

Middle Tennessee Takes Home the Bear Trophy

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 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....

MTSU Places 9 at the MAC Championship

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 Season

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 Crowd

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 Open

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 Invitational

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. Senior....

Blue Raiders place 2nd at NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference Tournament

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 ....