2011-12 Olivet College Wrestling News

June 20, 2012
Wrestling camps underway
The 2012 Olivet College wrestling camps are underway inside The Cutler Event Center in Olivet. This week, eight teams with more than 100 wrestlers are participating in a team camp. Next week, approximately 75 children between the ages of six and 18 will participate in an individual camp.

March 10, 2012
Myers finishes in sixth-place at NCAA DIII Wrestling Championships
Olivet College junior James Myers (Indian Creek, Ohio/Monroe) finished in sixth-place at the 2012 NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championships. With the finish, he earned All-American honors for a second straight season, equaling his finish in 2011.

March 9, 2012
Myers secures All-American honors for second straight year
The first day of the 2012 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships is in the books at the LaCrosse Center in La Crosse, Wis. Olivet College junior James Myers (Indian Creek, Ohio/Monroe) posted a 2-1 record today and has secured All-American honors for a second straight year, while the other four Comet wrestlers have dropped out of the tournament.

March 9, 2012
Wrestling team receives NWCA Scholar Team Award, follow Comets at NCAA DIII National Championships
The success for Olivet College wrestling team on the mat has carried over to the classroom. The Comets have finished second in the annual academic championship in collegiate wrestling, which is sponsored by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). Olivet’s team grade point average (GPA) was 3.539.

March 5, 2012
Brackets released for the 2012 NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championships
The brackets for the 2012 NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championships March 9-10 at the La Crosse Center in LaCrosse, Wis. have been released. Three Olivet College wrestlers have received a seed.

February 25, 2012
Wrestling team wins Midwest Regional title, qualifies five for DIII National Championships
Bolstered by five weight-class champions, the Olivet College wrestling team won the 2012 NCAA Division III Midwest Regional, which was hosted by Case Western Reserve University and inside the Horsburgh Gymnasium in University Circle, Ohio. All five of the champions have advanced to the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championships March 9-10 at the University of Wis.-LaCrosse.

February 13, 2012
Brissette and Therrian named Mid-States Conference Coaches of the Year
At the conclusion of the Mid-States Conference Tournament Feb. 11, it was announced Olivet Head Wrestling Coach Brandon Brissette was named the conference’s Co-Coach of the Year, and his assistant Jeff Therrian was selected as the Assistant Coach of the Year.

February 11, 2012
Wrestling team finishes in second-place at Mid-States Conference Tournament
The Olivet College wrestling team crowned five champions but still finished in second-place at the 2012 Mid-States Conference Tournament, hosted by College of Mount St. Joseph in Cinicinnati, Ohio.

February 7, 2012
Rivalry renewed: Wrestling team shuts out Alma, 49-0
The Olivet College wrestling team hosted Alma College in Olivet tonight for the first time since Jan. 18, 1984. The Scots may want to forget tonight’s trip, as the Comets won all 10 matches, including half by fall, en route to a 49-0 shutout win. The shutout is the first for Olivet since Jan. 19, 2005, when it beat Tri-State (Ind.) University by the same score.

February 2, 2012
Wrestling team wins 26-13 at Trine
The Olivet College wrestling team won 7-of-10 bouts and rolled to a 26-13 win over Trine (Ind.) University tonight at Hershey Hall in Angola, Ind. The Comets, ranked No. 7 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) poll, improve their dual match record to 17-5, with the 17 wins being the most for a season since 1999-2000 when they won 20 matches.

January 28, 2012
Wrestling team finishes in fifth-place at Pete Willson Invitational
The Olivet College wrestling team finished in fifth-place (out of 31 teams) at the two-day Pete Willson Invitational, hosted by Wheaton College and inside King Arena in Wheaton, Ill.

January 27, 2012
Wrestling team sits in fourth-place after day one of Pete Willson Invitational
Robbie Bidlingmaier, Gage Pederson and Trevor Tyler have advanced to the semifinals, as the Olivet College wrestling team sits in fourth-place after the first day of the Pete Willson Invitational, hosted by Wheaton (Ill.) College.

January 21, 2012
Wrestling team wins Wis.-Whitewater Border Brawl
With a perfect 4-0 record, the Olivet College wrestling team won the team title today at the University of Wis-Whitewater Border Brawl. The Comets defeated Lakeland (Wis.) College, 34-13, Wis.-Stevens Point, 30-6, Wis.-Oshkosh, 28-8, and Wis.-Eau Claire, 36-10.

January 19, 2012
Wrestling team loses to Eastern Michigan, 29-9
The Olivet College wrestling team fell to NCAA Division I foe Eastern Michigan University, 29-9, tonight at The Cutler Event Center in Olivet.

January 14, 2012
Wrestling team places fourth at Spartan Mat Classic
The Olivet College wrestling team placed fourth of 10 teams today at the Manchester (Ind.) College Spartan Mat Classic. The Comets collected 142 total points, which was one point behind third-place Manchester, 23 behind second-place College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) and 53.5 points behind team champion University of Cumberlands (Ky.).

January 12, 2012
Wrestling team beats Manchester, 38-8, in "Throwback Match"
The Olivet College wrestling team won 8-of-10 bouts, including scoring bonus points in six wins, and the Comets defeated Manchester (Ind.) College, 38-8, tonight in a “Throwback Match” at MacKay Gymnasium in Olivet. Olivet, ranked No. 8 in this week’s National Wrestling Coaches Association poll, improved its dual match record to 12-4.

January 8, 2012
Wrestling team finishes in fifth-place at NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals;
The Olivet College wrestling team finished in fifth-place at the 2012 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 7-8 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Ill. The finish was the best-ever for the Comets at the NWCA National Duals.

January 7, 2012
Wrestling team has 2-1 record at NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals
The Olivet College wrestling team had a 2-1 record today at the 2012 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA)/Cliff Keen National Duals. The Comets opened the day with a 19-13 win over Wis.-Whitewater. Olivet then fell to Augsburg (Minn.), 30-13, and ended the day with an 18-15 win over Dubuque (Iowa).

January 3, 2012
Wrestling team flattens Mount St. Joseph, 48-3
Behind six pins, including five in the first period, the Olivet College wrestling team got the 2012 portion of its schedule off to a great start with a dominating 48-3 win over College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) tonight at The Cutler Event Center in Olivet.

December 18, 2011
Wrestling team splits four matches at Desert Duals
The Olivet College wrestling team split its four matches today at the Desert Duals in Las Vegas. The Comets, who are ranked No. 9 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll, started the day with a tough 33-3 loss to No. 3 Coe (Iowa) and came back to beat Washington & Lee (Va.), 34-10. Olivet then fell to No. 1 Wartburg (Iowa), 27-6 and ended the day with a 26-7 win over No. 13 Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.).

December 15, 2011
Bidlingmaier named d3wrestle.com Wrestler of the Week
Olivet College sophomore Robbie Bidlingmaier (Chesterfield Twp./Anchor Bay) has been named the d3wrestle.com/WWSport.com Wrestler of the Week.

December 10, 2011
Wrestling team wins championship at North Central Invitational
The Olivet College wrestling team had four individual champions, and the Comets won the team championship at the 48th Annual North Central (Ill.) Invitational today at the Merner Field House in Naperville, Ill. Olivet, No. 13 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association poll, to beat second-place and No. 9 Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) by 28.5 points, 189-160.5. Wabash (Ind.) was third with 123 points.

December 3, 2011
Wrestling team captures team title at ONU Invitational
The Olivet College wrestling team captured the team title at the 2011 Ohio Northern University Polar Bear Invitational today at the ONU Sports Center in Ada, Ohio. The Comets scored 147 points to beat second-place and NAIA foe Campbellsville (Ky.) University by nine points. The rest of top five teams were Mercyhurst (Pa.) College in third, 135.5 points; Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) University in fourth, 125.5; and West Liberty (W.Va.) University, 120.

November 19, 2011
Wrestling team posts 3-1 record at Comet Duals, with wins against two ranked teams
Against some of the top programs at the NCAA Division III level, the Olivet College wrestling team posted a 3-1 record at the 2011 Comet Duals today inside The Cutler Event Center in Olivet. The Comets, ranked No. 23 in the recent National Wrestling Coaches Association poll, opened the day with a 35-6 win against Bridgewater State (Mass.). They then beat No. 11 North Central (Ill.), 33-11; and fell to No. 2 Wis.-La Crosse, 33-12; and ended the day with a 32-10 win over No. 19 Ohio Northern.

November 12, 2011
Wrestling team participates in MSU Open
The Olivet College wrestling team participated in the 2011 Michigan State University Open today at the Jenison Field House in East Lansing. There was both an open division and freshman/sophomore division at the meet, which is one of the largest tournaments in the nation.

November 8, 2011
Wrestling team opens 2011-12 season with 31-12 win at Heidelberg
The Olivet College wrestling team kicked off its 2011-12 season with a 31-12 win against Heidelberg (Ohio) University tonight at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio. Olivet won 7-of-10 matches, including scoring bonus points in five with two pins, one technical fall and two major decisions.