By Jason Griffin
Tiffin University Sports Information
Tiffin, Ohio – Tiffin University proudly hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for a brand new wrestling facility located just west of the Heminger Center on Miami Street.
The facility will serve as a “wrestling home” for the 48-man team and will help build the family environment that the young program has been developing. Intercollegiate matches will continue to be held in the Gillmor Student Center on the main campus of Tiffin University.
The new facility includes eight showers, a laundry room, a locker room, a strength/conditioning room, offices, and a large space for wrestling practice with wall-to-wall mats. There are also areas designated for wrestlers to study before or after practice if they wish.
Head Coach Joey Simcoe is in his second full season with Tiffin and is incredibly excited about this addition to campus. “It is a great time to be a Dragon and this facility means everything to the program. The student-athletes now have every resource to be successful and we have a place that we can proudly call home. This is a wonderful recruiting tool and puts Tiffin on a whole new level. We are all about family and sticking together and with this great facility, we can all practice at the same time and that is important.”
According to TU President Paul Marion, “We are proud of our athletic program and the new wrestling practice facility is a great addition and should help our team be competitive in Division II of the NCAA.”
“This facility is a welcome addition to our campus and will be a significant asset to our wrestling program as they grow in stature in the region,” said Athletic Director Lonny Allen. “It shows the continuing commitment of President Marion and the TU administration to provide our student-athletes with exactly what they need to grow both in the classroom and athletically.”
The Tiffin Dragons will begin the 2012-13 wrestling season on November 3 at the Eastern Michigan Open in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Their first home match is scheduled for November 30 versus the University of Findlay.