OREM — The Utah Valley State wrestling team is holding its intrasquad "Wrestle-off" today in the Activity Center. The "Wrestle-off" is free to the public and is a chance for fans to get their first glimpse of this year's squad.
"This sort of competition is the best way for us to prepare for our upcoming matches," said head coach Cody Sanderson. "It will simulate an actual dual meet experience as much as possible."
Not only will every Wolverine wrestler have his chance on the mat, but four of the matches will be a competition for a starting position.
One wrestler that Wolverine fans will be able to see for the first time since 2003-04 will be Erkin Tadzhimetov. The star senior returns after redshirting in 2004-05, and just his presence has already been a big boost for the team.
"The whole team has had a surge of confidence having him back," said Sanderson. "I think it's going to bring up the performance of everybody."
Tadzhimetov, at 133 pounds, will go head-to-head with 125-pound wrestler Talon Vickers in one of the highlight matches of the evening.
"I'm most excited to see those two go at it," said Sanderson. "Erkin has the size advantage, but Talon has made so much progress."
The Wolverines will open the season on Nov. 11 when they travel to take on national powerhouse Iowa State. Their first home meet will be on Saturday, December 10th vs. Western State.