Raider Preview (Feb. 19): Bellile Hits the Ground Running in Lead Up to Regionals

Raider Preview (Feb. 19): Bellile Hits the Ground Running in Lead Up to Regionals

MILWAUKEE – The MSOE wrestling team forfeited its match at 285 pounds during its dual meet with UW-Oshkosh Jan. 18. The team had not had featured a wrestler at that weight all season, so it was not unusual.

The only thing that makes it notable today is that it was the team's last date of competition without a heavyweight entrant.

Senior Austin Bellile rejoined the team the next day in a dual meet the next day, quickly scored 10 points and secured a fall in just 1:05. Since then, Bellile has pushed his record to 7-0 this season and repeated as CCIW Champion at 285 pounds.

How quickly things change.

Last season, Bellile qualified for the NCAA Championships and won a match at the national tournament. He posted 25 wins last season and did not lose to a wrestler that did not qualify for the national championships.

Bellile's season was just his third for the Raiders, missing the 2014-15 season with an injury. Despite graduating with his degree in biomedical engineering, he had one more year of eligibility remaining. After careful consideration, he decided to forgo that season of competition to focus on graduate school.

The siren call of the mat loomed and head coach Matt Zwaschka welcomed him back to the team with open arms in January. After some practices, he was ready to go and Zwaschka got Bellile into his lineup to face Lakeland Jan. 19. He followed that up with four wins at the Pete Willson Invitational before taking a pair of medical forfeits with a minor injury.

Two weeks later, he was on the mats at the CCIW Championships and proved he was 100% with a pair of wins to repeat as champion.

Now, Bellile has turned his sights to the NCAA Regional Championships where he could face favorable seeding. He has unfinished business with the NCAA Championships and hopes to return in order to advance to day two and earn All-America honors…

Maybe more.

Around MSOE Athletics…

  • Women's Basketball beat Alverno on Tuesday clinch a program-best fifth-straight 10-win season. It then capped the campaign with a loss to Wisconsin Lutheran Saturday.
  • Men's Basketball won a pair of games next week to end the regular season and prepare for the NACC Tournament which starts this week. The Raiders beat future NACC opponent Illinois Tech Wednesday and WLC Saturday.
  • Hockey saw its season come to an end with a pair of hard-fought losses to #1 Adrian in the Harris Cup Quarterfinals.
  • Track & Field competed at its last meet before the NACC Championships, breaking three women's records at the UWM Panther Tune-Up.
  • Men's Tennis is still in search of its first win of the season after falling to Carroll.
  • Lacrosse had its season and home-opener, originally scheduled for last Saturday, canceled due to field conditions.

Coming Up This Week...

  • Men's Basketball (16-9 / W2) is the #3 seed for the NACC Tournament and opens play Tuesday, hosting #6 Edgewood.
  • Men's Volleyball (3-3, 2-1 NACC / L2) takes on a third-straight ranked opponent in Benedictine Thursday. The team then hosts Aurora Saturday.
  • Wrestling heads to the NCAA Regional Championships Friday and Saturday at Augsburg.
  • Track & Field competes at the NACC Championships Sunday.
  • Baseball opens the 2018 season in Florida Sunday against Alma. Check for a season preview later this week.
Tuesday Men's Basketball Edgewood 7:00 PM Live stats  |  Video
Thursday Men's Volleyball @ Benedictine* 7:00 PM Video  |  Live stats
Friday Wrestling @ NCAA Regional Championships 11:00 AM Video $$ |  Live stats
Saturday Wrestling @ NCAA Regional Championships 10:00 AM Video $$ |  Live stats
Saturday Men's Volleyball Aurora* 6:00 PM Video  |  Live stats
Sunday Track & Field (M/W) @ NACC Championships 11:00 AM  
Sunday Baseball vs. Alma 2:30 PM Live stats  |  Audio
* Conference Contest | Home Contests in BOLD