OLIVET, Michigan- The Mount St. Joseph wrestling team has officially risen from the ashes under Head Coach Elliott Spence. The Lions had not taken the mat as a team since 2015 prior to Coach Spence being hired. After their second weekend of competition on the 2017-18 season, Coach Spence has posted his first victory to his resume'.
The Lions traveled north to Olivet College to take part in a dual event. Where they would square off with host Olivet, Adrian College, Millikin and St. Clair Community College. The Lions faced very stiff competition in their first three matches of the day. Falling to Olivet, Adrian and Millikin before their final match of the day against St. Clair. Jahday Daniels (Cincinnati, OH/Elder) was a bright spot for the Lions in the early matches, wrestling at 133 lbs. Daniels won all four of his matches, winning three matches by decision and one by pitfall.
During the match against St. Clair, Daniels got some help from his friends. Nathan McClanahan (Cincinnati, OH/Elder), Nick Rose (Hamilton, OH/Badin) and Jake Peters (Independence, KY/Dixie) all joined Daniels in the win column. Helping the Lions to secure their first dual win since 2014. Also competing for the Lions in this matchup were Patrick Sledge (Louisville, KY/Robert D Edgren), Taishi Okamoto (Mason, OH/Mason), Noah Curtner (Hamilton, OH/Badin) and Andre Anderson (Newport, KY/Newport).
Daniels has been a true bright spot for the Lions in the early going of this season. He went 4-0 at Olivet to move his season record to 6-2.
Coach Spence was very excited to talk about his team saying, "I am excited with how far we've come as a team. Three months ago we had a roster of only six guys, and today we have fifteen. The guys have been working their tails off in our room, and it shows with how hard they battled today." He continued, "The results weren't exactly what we were looking for, we got a win and never stopped competing. Myself, the coaching staff and the team are extremely excited for what the future holds for wrestling at The Mount!"
The Lions have a couple of weekends off before heading to Ada, Ohio for the Ohio Northern invitational on Dec. 2nd.