NCWA Championships - Session III recap
By Scott Farrell
HAMPTON, Va. The Apprentice School advanced five wrestlers through the consolation bracket and earned bonus points off three pins to vault into the lead after three sessions of the NCWA Championships. The Builders, the defending NCWA champion, have 42 points and a half-point lead over Central Florida, which won three consolation matches but lost four to elimination.
Apprentice's Ricky Anderson (149 pounds), Stuart Roes (197) and Kevin Gray (285) each won by fall. The Builders avoided a pitfall when their heavyweight, Kevin Gray, pinned Central Floridas Jacob Powell in the second consolation round. The fall gave Apprentice the two bonus points that moved them into the lead.
Grand Valley State moved past Southern Illinois-Edwardsville into third with 38.5 points with seven wins in the second round of consolations. SIUE is still in striking range of the top with 36.5 points.
Among the top four teams, Apprentice has six wrestlers in Friday nights quarterfinals, compared to seven for Central Florida, five for SIUE and four for Grand Valley.
The feature weight class continues to be 157 pounds, where four returning All-Americans including defending champion Peter Rose join unseeded Matt Perry of Apprentice and Jeremy Edward of Illinois State in Friday nights quarterfinals. A win by Rose will guarantee him becoming a four-time NCWA All-American.
Two of the returning All-Americans, Perry and Eric Powell of Williamson School of Trade, meet in the quarterfinals.
At 235 pounds, five of the eight quarterfinalists hail from the NCWAs Southeastern Conference, led by Michael Dominguez of Central Florida. Two of them Derryl Cloer of Kennesaw State and Brooks Pendleton of Georgia Southern were unseeded.
Penn State-Dubois moved into the lead among the Division II clubs with 17.5 points. Massachusetts (16) and MIT (15) are just behind.
Team Scores following Session III:
Division I Teams
1. The Apprentice School (Va.) 42
2. Central Florida 41.5
3. Grand Valley State (Mich.) 38.5
4. So. Illinois-Edwardsville 36.5
5. Marion Military Institute (Ala.) 29
6. Md.-Baltimore County 27.5
7. U.S. Naval Academy Prep 23
8. Colorado State 22.5
9. West Chester (Pa.) 19.5
10t. U.S. Air Force Academy Prep 17.5
10t. U.S. Military Academy Prep 17.5
12. Northwest Missouri State 16.5
13. Winona State (Minn.) 13.5
14. San Jose State 12
15t. Rensselaer Polytechnic (R.I.) - 9
15t. New Hampshire 9
9 other teams in Division I
Division II Clubs
1. Penn State-Dubois 17.5
2. Massachusetts 16
3. MIT 15
4t. Georgia 14.5
4t. Northampton CC (Pa.) 14.5
6. Kennesaw State (Ga.) 13
7. Texas A&M 11
8t. Douglas College (B.C.) 10.5
8t. Northeastern 10.5
8t. Georgia Southern 10.5
8t. South Carolina 10.5