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SIU Edwardsville Adds Three

Postby Allen Brown » Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:30 am

Nov 24, 2015

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE wrestling Head Coach Jeremy Spates announced the addition of Kyle Hostetter (Neosho, Misouri), Logan Gruszka (Schaumburg, Illinois) and Thomas Helton (Elmhurst, Illinois). All three will join the Cougars next fall.

"We have hard workers in this class," said Spates. "All three are upper weights. We have a few seniors at those weights so this will add some depth to the lineup and give us a chance to compete at a high level in the upcoming years."

Hostetter, who figures to be a 174-pounder for the Cougars, is a three-time state place winner at Neosho High School. He placed sixth as a freshman, second as a sophomore and fourth as a junior.

"He's a really tough kid and works hard," said Spates. "He's the first one in the wrestling room and the last one to leave. He is going to continue to get better once he gets into the college environment."

Hostetter is competing in his fourth season of high school wrestling and also has earned three letters for football. A projected engineering or education major, he is the son of Mike and Laura Hostetter.

Gruszka is going for his fourth consecutive conference title at Schaumburg High School and a second appearance in the state championships.

A 174-pounder, Gruszka has extensive experience away from the high school level. He placed second at the 2015 UWW Cadet & University Nationals at 170 pounds and was a World Team member (Cadet 76kg). Gruszka placed third in October at the Cliff Keen USAW Preseason Nationals.

"If you are competing at the world level, that's exciting," said Spates. "I think he is going to get bigger and stronger in college. With his work ethic, that's going to pay off for him. His dad wrestled in college so he already has a good idea of what is expected."

He is the son of Matthew and JulieAnn Gruszka.

Helton, a 6-foot, 1-inch heavyweight, qualified for the state championships last season at York Community High School.

"He has placed at the tournaments in Fargo, and that's a good indication that he will do well in college," said Spates. "We're looking for him to do well this year in the state."

He completed a busy and successful offseason with a seventh-place finish at the USA Wrestling Freestyle Junior Nationals and eighth at the Greco Junior Nationals. He took second at the Fila Cadet Greco Nationals and was a member of Team Illinois at the Greco National Championships dual match.

"He has done well in freestyle and Greco but will have to transition into college wrestling," said Spates. "His best wrestling is still ahead of him."

He is the son of Scott Helton and Marilyn Rice.
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