Marietta College men, Great Lakes Invitational headed to Wooster next season

The College of Wooster men’s basketball team will host the third annual Great Lakes Invitational during the 2019-20 season, as announced by event founder Ryan Whitnable on Thursday.

The eight-team invitational will be played Dec. 28-29, 2019 at Timken Gymnasium. The field includes five teams from the Great Lakes Region – Alma College, John Carroll University, Marietta College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and Wooster – and Keene State College, Salisbury University, and York College. The field has combined to make 23 appearances in the NCAA Div. III Championships over the last five years, and six of the eight teams have made the national tournament at least three times.

“It’s an honor to be able to bring the 2019 Great Lakes Invitational to The College of Wooster,” said Whitnable. “Wooster has a long and storied basketball history. Combine that with one of the best venues in Div. III basketball and you have a perfect host to some of the most elite programs from across the country.”

“We are very excited and pleased to have the 2019 Great Lakes Invitational serve as the 57th annual E.M. “Mose” Hole/Wooster Kiwanis Classic,” said Wooster head coach Steve Moore. “Ryan has assembled an excellent field of eight teams. We will have two days of highly competitive college basketball with outstanding attendance and great atmosphere. The event will be a very enjoyable experience for the participating teams and fans.”

Game times are set for 1, 3, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. each day, and predetermined matchups will be set at a later date.

Marietta hosted the first Great Lakes Invitational in 2017, while Hope College served as the host this season.

“This event was designed to bring together the best programs from the Great Lakes Region and from the other regions of Div. III basketball for a two-day wall to wall schedule of tournament quality games,” said Whitnable.

“We are excited to play in the Great Lakes Invitational at Wooster,” said Marietta head coach Jon VanderWal. “We were fortunate enough to host the inaugural GLI in Marietta and it was an amazing event. We are looking forward to seeing seven other high caliber teams next year while also getting to test ourselves versus great competition. These types of events have a NCAA Tournament feel to them and we love putting our guys in these types of situations and environments.”