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FIRST RANK­INGS OF THE NEW YEAR RELEASED

| Bryan Knepper

The first NCWA Individual and Team Rankings are finally out! It's probably no surprise that the team title in the Men's Division looks like a 2-team race between Liberty and Apprentice while the Women's Division is up for grabs between 4 teams.
Despite the year off for Covid, the men's division still has 3 returning champions and an additional 3 national finalists amongst the returning 27 All-Americans. Many individuals will look for redemption as they were pulled out of title contention in the Spring of 2020 during the national tournament. The women's division has only 10 returning All-Americans including 6 previous national finalists.
****Rankings for the Men's Division can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hh17...
****The Women's Division rankings can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/azwh...


Lib­er­ty Uni­ver­si­ty Dom­i­nates Car­oli­na Clash Duals fea­tur­ing NCAA Division II field

| Ted Allen / Staff Writer

Wrestling five duals in one day only made Liberty University’s men’s wrestling team stronger by the match, Saturday at the Carolina Clash, hosted by Lander University in Greenwood, S.C.

The Flames, who will host the NCWA National Duals on Jan. 21-22 in search of their sixth title, finished 5-0 in their only dual meet competition of the fall semester, winning all of their matches decisively against an NCAA Division II field of teams.

Liberty brought 20 wrestlers to Saturday’s duals tournament, enough for two in each of the 10 weight classes. The Flames dominated Allen (S.C.) University, 36-15, Mt. Olive (N.C.) University, 33-10, Bluefield (Va.) State, 41-7, Emmanuel (Ga.) College, 33-5, and host Lander’s B team, 36-12.


Appren­tice School Wrestler Makes His­to­ry. She can Weld, too.

| Hugh Lessig, Daily Press

Before working out with the wrestling team last week, Erin Aragon sat down and told a childhood story that was difficult to believe.

She was maybe 10 or 11 years when she forced herself to order a meal in a restaurant — out loud, by herself — for the very first time. “I cried when I did it,” she said. “It was really, really bad.”
A phone interview with her mother >>>

Lib­er­ty lands two cham­pi­ons, fourth-place team finish at Messiah

| Jim Giunta

Liberty University’s men’s wrestling team opened its 2021-22 season in fantastic fashion by earning two individual titles, posting one second-place and two third-place showings, and finishing fourth out of 10 teams overall at Saturday’s Messiah Invitational in Grantham, Pa.

“It was a great starting point for the Flames’ wrestling team,” Liberty Head Coach Jesse Castro said. “We got some

Tem­ple Drops Sea­son Open­er to Rowan College.

| NCWA

Sewell, NJ - The Rowan College Roadrunners proved the better team early in this 2021 wrestling season besting the Temple Owls 32-22 in this NJCAA vs NCWA Dual in their Gloucester county arena.

Rowan led with falls at 125 & 133 to race in front 12-0 but Temple answered with a couple

Women’s Wrestling team started at MIT

| Suleman Thaniana

This upcoming year, MIT will be sponsoring its first-ever Women’s Wrestling team — a step in the right direction, according to Coach Donald McNeil, who said, “I see that there is a clear need to have separate men’s and women’s teams.”

The sport of wrestling dates back to

Grays Har­bor Wrestlers Named to North­west Conference All-Time Team

| Ryan Sparks

Six Grays Harbor wrestlers were named to the National Collegiate Wrestling Association’s All-Time Team, the organization announced last week.

The Chokers have been the dominant program since joining the NCWA Northwest Conference in 2016. Grays Harbor has won the conference title in each of its five seasons and was the NCWA national runner-up with six All-Americans in 2020.

The full list can be viewed at

202122 Wrestling Sea­son Full Speed Ahead

| NCWA

After a year long break due to the pandemic lockdowns, the NCWA 2021-22 season is planned to be at a 100% participation this year. The 2022 Conference Tournaments will be held February 25th with the National Collegiate Wrestling Championships on March 10th, 11th & 12th in Allen, Texas.

At this year's Vision Forum, the Board of Directors cleared a proposal to sponsor both a men's and separate women’s National Duals scheduled for January 21 & 22.

The Men's Championship will be held in Virginia at Liberty University while the Women’s Nationals will be on the West Coast at University of Southern California, along with the Men’s Regional Duals.

Team registrations for the upcoming season are now open and the athlete roster registrations will begin in mid September.

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