Top-flight competition on docket for Black and Gold

Three schools ranked among the fourth D3Wrestle.com team poll are on the schedule for Manchester University at Luther College of Iowa's Gator Boot Duals Saturday, Dec. 16.

Meet details: The Spartans (1-2) take on No. 28 Ferrum College of Virginia at 8 a.m.; No. 9 Baldwin-Wallace College of Ohio at 11:30 a.m.; and No. 3-ranked Loras College of Iowa at 3 p.m. … All match-ups are set at McGavock High School in Nashville, Tenn.

Spartan Shorts: Coach Kevin Lake and his staff have named the following as a probable line-up: 125 – Josh Stephenson, fr., Yorktown, Ind., 3-7/Zac Galvan, fr., Lowell, Ind. (0-2); 133 – Ben Cauffman, jr., Fort Wayne, Ind., (6-1); 141 – Chase Wilson, sr., Peru, Ind. (7-2)/JaVon Phillips, so., Centerville, Ind. (6-4); 149 – Jordan Napier, so., Indianapolis, Ind. (5-4); 157 – Stephen Kitko, fr., Noblesville, Ind. (5-6)/Patrick Waugh, fr., Indianapolis, Ind. (0-6); 165 – Alex Arney, sr., Fort Wayne, Ind. (1-7)/Tyler Leonhard, fr., Portland, Ind. (3-8); 174 – Tristan Wilson, sr., Fort Wayne, Ind. (1-5); 184 – Isaac Ray, so., Atlanta, Ind. (0-6); 197 – Alex Roberts, sr., Campbelltown, Ind. (5-6); HWT – Tristin Choate, so., Mt. Vernon, Ind. (3-6)/Jon Brann, sr., Orland Park, Ill. (0-0) … Chase Wilson, who made his season debut on the National Wrestling Coaches Association/Intermat Division III rankings this week at No. 9, has a string of seven consecutive wins in tow. Four of the triumphs in the span have occurred in bonus-point territory … Wilson hasn't cracked the D3Wrestle.com top 10, as he's the second-leading contender at 141. Napier, part of the honorable mention section at 149, also finds himself on the website lists … While Wilson's seven wins lead the room, Cauffman and Phillips are close behind (six apiece), and Stephen Kitko, Napier, and Roberts have compiled five each.

On The Horizon: Manchester University continues dual competition Thursday and Friday, Jan. 4 and 5, at the 2018 National Wrestling Coaches Association's Division III Duals. Fort Wayne's Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is the host venue.