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Siena Heights University in Michigan to reinstate men's wrestling in 2020 and start women wrestling in 2021

By Siena Heights University | Sept. 27, 2019, 10:15 a.m. (ET)

ADRIAN, Mich. – Siena Heights University is proud to announce the addition of men's wrestling that will begin competition in fall 2020 with a women's wrestling program scheduled to follow in 2021.

"We are excited to bring wrestling back to the campus of Siena Heights University," said Interim Athletic Director Sue Syljebeck. "The addition of wrestling will be great for the university as well as the region as the sport has a great tradition in Lenawee County. This will propel the program at SHU to a tradition of long-term student success.

SHU sponsored wrestling in the early 1970s for three seasons before putting the program on hiatus until the late 70s. The second stint of wrestling lasted until 1988 when it was ended indefinitely.

During that time, the Saints had success as Jerry Frebes was crowned a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Regional Champion and competed in the 1985 NAIA Wrestling National Championships in Jamestown, N.D. Frebes is also the lone SHU wrestler inducted into the Siena Heights Athletics Hall of Fame (Class of 2013).

Syljebeck will begin the search for a head coach immediately.