NCWA's LeRoy Gardner III Named Head Coach at the University of the Ozarks

- Jim Giunta

Clarksville, Ark: Collegiate Hall of Fame wrestler LeRoy Gardner III has been named the new head men's wrestling coach at the University of the Ozarks, it was announced Thursday by Athletics Director Jimmy Clark.

Gardner, a native of Golden Valley, Minn., has been the head coach at University of Houston-Downtown since 2014, where he was named the 2016 National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Southwest Conference Coach of the Year. There, he coached the university's first All-American and Academic All-American. Prior to UH-Downtown, Gardner coached at the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School and Wartburg College. He wrestled at >> READ MORE

2016 Vision Forum Registration NOW Open

- Jim Giunta

The NCWA Vision Forum, held annually in Ft. Lauderdale, and NWCA National Coaches Convention are the perfect marriage of Professional Development and Administrative leadership within the National Collegiate Wrestling Association. The NCWA is the most coach centered governing body within the wrestling community. The Annual Vision Forum, this year scheduled for July 28th - July 30th is one of the ways the association can take relevant coaches input and develop comprehensive, wrestling friendly rules, best practices, scheduling and a long term direction. All NCWA Coaches Invited ....Don't Miss it !!   ...VISION FORUM PAGE

Liberty University to Host 2017 National Duals

- Jesse Castro

Lynchburg, VA:  Liberty University's wrestling team, which has won two National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) National Duals tournament titles in the past five seasons and placed second or third the other three years, has been awarded a one-year bid to host next season's championships, set for Jan. 27-28.

The event has been held at the Dalton (Ga.) Convention Center for the past five seasons. Other cities have put in bids to host it, but ..Read More

Emmanuel Wins Four of Five Finals Matches, Wins Collegiate Cup

- Scott Farrell

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Emmanuel College put a championship stamp on the end of its first season, winning the NCWA Collegiate Cup as the association’s overall champion. The Lions won four of their five finals matches to pull away from Central Florida and Grand Valley State, taking the title with 213 points.

Emmanuel Places Five Into Finals, Takes Slim Lead over UCF

- Scott Farrell

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Emmanuel College raced past Central Florida and Grand Valley State into first place Friday, but there’s plenty of work ahead for the Lions as they aim for their first NCWA title.

First up for Emmanuel will be two title clashes against the UCF team it leads by 5.5 points in the team standings, and they come at the start of the finals rounds in the 125- and 133-pound championship matches. The Lions, who led the field with eight semifinalists, will be pressured to win those two matches because they face UCF one more time in the 174 final, where the Knights’ Geordan Speiller, a U.S. Open Greco champion and Pan Am Olympic qualifier, is a heavy favorite.

Grand Valley Has Slim Lead over UCF After Day One

- Scott Farrell

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Grand Valley State leads the NCWA Championships after the first day of competition, but second-place Central Florida and perhaps even third-place Emmanuel College may sit in a better position as the tournament reaches its quarterfinal stage on Friday.

The Lakers stormed out of the opening rounds with plenty of bonus points to go along with wins up and down their roster. Grand Valley scored 16 pins as a team Thursday with two other tech falls, giving it close to 30 bonus points and a big part of its Division I-high 82.5 points. Their slim two-point lead over Central Florida (80.5 points) might have been greater had GVSU not missed a handful of opportunities turning in a 1-4 record in head-to-head meetings with the Knights.