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Men’s Rank­ings Lead­ing up to Conference Championships

| Bryan Knepper

Now it's time for the Men's Rankings!

The Men's team race is not as close as the women's but the race for a top-5 team trophy may be tight!

The top-10 men's teams are as follows:

#1 Bellarmine University (GLC - NCAA-D1) - 82
#2 Liberty University (MAC) - 68
#3 The Apprentice School (MAC) - 51
#4 Thomas More University (GLC - NCAA-D2) - 45
#5 Lindenwood University (SWC - NCAA-D1) - 38
#6 University of Toledo (GLC) - 26
#7 University of Florida (SEC) - 22
#8 Allen University (MAC - NCAA-D2) - 20
#8 University of Central Florida (SEC) - 20
#10 Springfield Tech CC (NEC) - 14

The #1 ranked men at each weight class are as follows:

125 - Damion Ryan (Fr, Bellarmine) 21-11
133 - Caiden Pelc (So, Lindenwood) 10-15
141 - Alfonso Vargas (Sr, Florida) 16-6
149 - Zac Cowan (Jr, Bellarmine) 22-10
157 - Gray Ortis (Fr, Bellarmine) 17-9
165 - Grant O'Dell (So, Bellarmine) 25-6
174 - Cole Nance (Jr, Bellarmine) 22-9
184 - Ben Liss (Sr, Rutgers WC) 16-1
197 - Josiah Murphy (Sr, Liberty) 18-1
235 - Jacob Meek (Sr, Toledo) 17-6
285 - Frederick Weaver (Sr, Liberty) 1-1

For a full list of rankings, click HERE

Wom­en’s Rank­ings Lead­ing up to Conference Championships

| Bryan Knepper

The Conference Championships area one week away. But before we get there how about some new rankings!

The Women's team race looks to be between Grays Harbor College and Ottawa University - Arizona, just like last season and during the NCWA National Duals.

The top-5 women's teams are as follows:

#1 Grays Harbor College (NWC) - 73
#2 Ottawa University - Arizona (WCC) - 64
#3 Utah Tech University (WCC) - 46
#4 Washington State University (NWC) - 41
#5 Santa Rosa Junior College (WCC) - 37

The #1 ranked women at each weight class are as follows:

101 - Olivia Atkins (Fr, Ottawa-Arizona) 26-7
109 - Hermelinda Mendoza (Sr, Ottawa-Arizona) 5-0
116 - Mia Armstrong (Sr, Texas-Arlington) 2-0
123 - Lauren Mills (Fr, Utah Tech) 30-1
130 - Viveca Pannell (Jr, M.I.T.) 14-6
136 - Samantha Tuttle (Sr, Grand Canyon) 3-0
143 - Veloria Pannell (So, M.I.T.) 16-4
155 - Leilani Frazer (So, Santa Rosa JC) 3-1
170 - Maile Ka-ahanui (Sr, Liberty) 7-4
191 - Renaeh Ureste (Jr, Grays Harbor) 29-3
235 - Kali Hood (So, Grays Harbor) 4-1

For a full list of rankings, click HERE

Nation­al Wrestling Hall of Fame Part­ners with Nation­al Collegiate Wrestling Association

| NWHOF

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame has taken a significant step forward in its mission to honor and recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of wrestling.

In a recent development, the Hall of Fame's State Chapter program has proudly announced a strategic partnership with the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA).

This collaboration is set to enrich the Hall of Fame's efforts in identifying and celebrating deserving individuals across various levels of the sport. The partnership with NCWA, an organization deeply rooted in collegiate wrestling, opens new avenues to acknowledge the achievements and dedication of coaches, officials, and contributors in the collegiate wrestling community.

"We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the National Collegiate Wrestling Association, a key player in

2024 NCWA Men’s Nation­als Qualifying Bids Announced!

| Bryan Knepper

The NCWA experienced a 14% growth in the Men's division this year to 1,651 athletes while the Women's division grew by a 40% margin up to 290 athletes total. With this growth, the NCWA expects the 2024 NCWA National Championship to be the largest in history, surpassing the 2023 National Championship held in Puerto Rico. Both the Men's and Women's divisions require qualification at one of nine conference tournaments. The men have to place top-2 to top-6 for auto-bids depending on conference (plus wild cards) while the women all move on to the Nationals with Conference placement used as seeding criteria.

The NCWA has released the automatic bids and wild cards for each conference as follows:

Grays Har­bor Places First at NCWA Women’s National Duals

| Ryan Sparks

Grays Harbor College won 5 of 7 head-to-head matches against Ottawa University (Arizona) to win the 2024 National Collegiate Wrestling Association Women’s National Duals on Saturday at Hoquiam High School.

The Lady Chokers opened the dual meet by defeating Fresno State 48-18 in Round 1 followed by a 36-30 win over Washington State in the second round.

After falling to Utah Tech University 39-24, GHC was paired up against Ottawa University (Arizona) in the final round.

The Lady Chokers defeated Ottawa 39-24, led by wins from Aliya Hammons (116 pounds), Elizabeth Patana (136 pounds), Courtney Jones (143), Hailee Stoken (155) and Reneah Ureste (235).

The head-to-head victories turned out to be the tie-breaking factor as both the

Thriv­ing at Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­si­ty, wrestling becomes a varsity sport club

| Steve Nakata

When Washington State University senior James Cox became president of the WSU wrestling team three years ago, he and coach Phil Burnett had a vision of building the team into one of the best club teams in the nation.

It was a tall order, considering the world was in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and WSU’s wrestling team, like others across the country, could not practice or compete. The pandemic was hard on Cox, who enjoys the camaraderie and competition the sport offers, but it motivated him to think about what the wrestling program at WSU could look like once restrictions loosened.

Lib­er­ty 6th, Appren­tice 10th at 43rd Annual Virginia Duals!

| Bryan Knepper

After finishing 2nd and 3rd, respectively, at the NWCA Multi-Divisional Duals, long-time Mid-Atlantic Conference rivals, Liberty and Apprentice headed back home to take on some of the top teams from NCAA-D2, NCAA-D3, and NJCAA in the 43rd Annual Virginia Duals in Hampton, VA.

Day 1 Results

Liberty got the #8 seed in the 16-team American Division field and promptly defeated #9 seed Frostburg State (NCAA-D2) 28-13. Winning matches for the Flames were Scheeringa (125), Brown (141), Stewart (157), Over (165), Kaminski (174), Goddard (184), and Miller (197). The next round saw Liberty take on the #1 seed and eventual champion Alvernia University (NCAA-D3). This match ended in a 36-11 defeat with wins by Hayes (184) and Wheeler (285). Garrett Good lost a close 4-1 match in sudden victory to Brandon Flores-Salazar at 149 and 2x defending NCWA Champion Josiah Murphy lost 6-3 to Mauro Pellott at 197.

The Apprentice School received the #10 seed and had to face #7 Belmont Abbey (NCAA-D2) in a rematch from an earlier dual at the Averett Cougar Duals. The Builders won that previous match, but on this day Belmont came out on top 23-16. Winning for Apprentice were Olgers (125), Messick (133), Robins (141), and Uribes (285). Next up, the Builders took on Rowan College of South Jersey (NJCAA) where everyone in the Apprentice lineup won in an convincing 59-0 matchup. Pinning for the Builders was Robins (141), Alves (149), Norris (157), Seaton (174), Henson (197), and Uribes (285).

A full box score can be seen HERE.

Day 2 Results

Liberty would once again get in the win column facing off against a tough Centenary University (NCAA-D3) with a 29-22 victory. Winning for the Flames were Good (149), Stewart (157), Over (165), Goddard (184), Murphy (197), and Wheeler (285). In the 5th place match, Liberty would come up just short to King University (NCAA-D2) 29-18. Winning in defeat were Scheeringa (125), Stewart (157), Kaminski (174), and Murphy (197.

Apprentice won 6 matches out of 10 against former NCWA Penn College of Technology (NCAA-D3). Winning for the Builders were Olgers (125), Robins (141), Alves (149), Kissell (165), Seaton (184), and Henson (197). In the 9th place match, the Builders would come up short against Frostburg State (NCAA-D2) needing only 1 decision to flip in order to win the dual, losing 25-21. Winning for the Builders were Robins (141), Kissell (165), Seaton (184), and Uribes (285). Close losses included Dillon Messick to Thierno Diallo 13-9 at 133, David Norris to Mason Buckler 2-0 at 157, and Matthew Henson to William Applegarth 14-10 at 197.

A full box score can be seen HERE.

Bel­larmine dom­i­nates on Day 2 of NCWA Nation­al Duals — Repeats as National Dual Champions

| Bryan Knepper

Bellarmine University had a mission to complete on Day 2 of the NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa (UNI Dome): dominate the competition and repeat as NCWA National Dual Champions. Buffered by a lineup with 5 #1 ranked wrestlers, the Knights took out the other top schools in successive order with wins over #4 seed Dubuque WC 54-6, #3 seed Liberty 44-12, and #2 seed Apprentice 49-6. In all, only 2 actual matches were lost by the Knights with soon-to-be #1 ranked wrestler Jahleel Armstrong of Liberty out-pacing soon-to-be #2 ranked Trayce Eckman at 133 and Josiah Murphy of Liberty defeating Kalob Johnstone at 197. Bellarmine will head into both the Great Lakes Conference and NCWA National Championships as favorites to win. Last year, Bellarmine was runner-up to Grand Valley State at the GLC but came out victorious at the NCWA Championship in Puerto Rico. The top-4 teams at the duals ended up being Bellarmine, Liberty, Apprentice, and Washington State.

Day 2 Dual Results
:


#1 Bellarmine 54 #4 Dubuque WC 6 [highlight matches: 125 - #1 Damion Ryan (BELL) dec #3 Tanner Higa (DUB) 14-8 / 285 - #13 Will Muckler (BELL) mdec #7 Franco Fontela (DUB) 12-4]
#3 Liberty 37 #2 Apprentice 18 [highlight matches: 125 - #2 Caleb Olgers (APPR) dec #18 Aiden Scheeringa (LIB) 15-12 / 133 - #5 Jahleel Armstrong (LIB) fall #1 Dillon Messick (APPR) 4:14 / 165 - #9 David Over (LIB) mdec #6 Landon Kissell (APPR) 12-2 / 285 - #5 Wade Wheeler (LIB) fall #6 Dustin Uribes (APPR) 2:39
#5 Washington State 48 #7 Colorado State 12 [highlight match: 157 - #6 Mitchell Helgert (WSU) fall #18 Fernando Luna (CSU) 1:17]
#6 Central Florida 41 #7 Colorado State 18
#6 Central Florida 34 #5 Washington State 18 [highlight matches: 133 - #12 Kevin Kerns (UCF) fall #13 Kobe Bui (WSU) 2:14 / 174 - Noel Fuentes (UCF) dec Alex Ford (WSU) 15-12 SV1]
#3 Liberty 42 #4 Dubuque WC 10 [highlight matches: 125 - #3 Tanner Higa (DUB) mdec #18 Aiden Scheeringa (LIB) 8-0 / 285 - #5 Wade Wheeler (LIB) dec #2 at 235 Joseph Pineda (DUB) 4-1 SV1]
#1 Bellarmine 49 #2 Apprentice 6 [highlight matches: 125 - #1 Damion Ryan (BELL) fall #2 Caleb Olgers (APPR) 4:13 / 133 - #4 Trayce Eckman (BELL) mdec #1 Dillon Messick (APPR) 17-6 / 174 - #2 at 165 Cole Nance (BELL) dec unranked Josh Seaton (APPR) 11-7 / #13 Will Muckler (BELL) dec #6 Dustin Uribes (APPR) 7-2
#2 Apprentice 46 #4 Dubuque WC 14 [highlight matches: 125 - #3 Tanner Higa (DUB) mdec #7 Nathan Gipson (APPR) 11-0 / 285 - #2 at 235 Joseph Pineda (DUB) default #5 at 197 Caleb Hartung (APPR)

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:
#1 Bellarmine 44 #3 Liberty 12 [highlight matches: 125 - #1 Damion Ryan (BELL) tech #18 Aiden Scheeringa (LIB) 19-2 / 133 - #5 Jahleel Armstrong (LIB) dec #4 Trayce Eckman (BELL) 9-3 / 197 - #1 Josiah Murphy (LIB) dec #14 Kalob Johnstone (BELL) 9-2 / 285 - #13 Will Muckler (BELL) fall #5 Wade Wheeler (LIB) 5:42

TEAM PLACEMENT:

CHAMPION: Bellarmine University (6-0)

RUNNERS-UP: Liberty University (5-1)
3rd: The Apprentice School (4-2)
4th: Washington State University (3-3)
5th: University of Central Florida (3-3)
6th: University of Dubuque WC (3-3)
7th: Colorado State University (0-6)

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