Wrestler Trains to Follow Mom's Path to Olympic Judo Team

| MICHELE COFFILL

For someone who got a relatively late start in wrestling, senior Harun Bogdanic took to it quickly and excelled. During the past three years, Bogdanic helped lead Grand Valley’s wrestling team to consistent top finishes at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association championships, won two NCWA Great Lakes Conference individual titles and was named to the association’s All-American list three times. Bogdanic, who is majoring in ...

Former NCWA Champion Geordan Speiller Qualifies for U.S. Greco-Roman World Team

| Scott Farrell

Georgan Speiller, a former NCWA champion at Central Florida and now wrestling with the Florida Jets Wrestling Club, qualified for the 2018 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team over the weekend by winning the 82 kg weight class at the World Team Trials in Tulsa, Okla.

Speiller defeated two-time World Team member Cheney Haight in consecutive matches in the best-of-three finals format, 7-2 in the first match, then with an 8-0 tech in the second match. Speiller will wrestle with the U.S. team in October at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. It is Speiller’s first World Championships at the Senior level after representing the U.S. at two Junior World Championships in 2012 and 2013.

Four Titles Earn North Texas GoGreco Championship Repeat

| Scott Farrell

DALLAS – North Texas wrestlers won four weight classes and posted runner-up finishes in three others to retain its national title at the NCWA's GoGreco National Championships on Saturday. The Eagles, with the tournament's deepest lineup, scored 65 points to outdistance second-place Richland College's 37 points. UNT topped Richland for the 2017 title as well.

Big Bend to return men's wrestling, introduce women's program

| Adam Cichoski

MOSES LAKE- Last time Big Bend had a wrestling program was the 1994-1995 school year. After a 23-year hiatus, Big Bend will return its men’s wrestling program as part of the NCWA and introduce a women’s wrestling program in the WCWA. Big Bend released the news late last week.

Wrestling has been a big deal in

GoGreco Nationals Promises To Boost Collegiate Development

| Timothy Hands

The first step involves a “learning as you go” approach, hence the 2018 NCWA’s GoGreco national tournament and the handful of events that preceded it (the NCWA sanctioned three other tournaments that have already taken place this spring). If it seems a little backwards — wrestlers gaining the brunt of their Greco experience in actual matches rather than through a series of camps — that’s because it is. But if you look, that’s no different than

NCWA Honors 147 Student-Athletes on All-Academic Team

| Scott Farrell

DALLAS - The National Collegiate Wrestling Association announced its All-Academic members for the 2017-18 competition year honoring 147 student-athletes from its men's and women's divisions.

Brigham Young led all schools with eight honorees. The Cougars also won the top spot in the NCWA's All-Academic Team awards announced last month (see related story). Central Florida, second in the team academic listings, tied with Maine for second with six individual honorees. The Apprentice School and Liberty had five honorees each, while the teams at Yale, Utah State, Wayne State College, Florida, Rutgers, Emmanuel College and Clemson each earned four spots on the All-Academic individual list.

NCWA Recognizes 10 Programs as All-Academic Teams

| Scott Farrell

DALLAS – The National Collegiate Wrestling Association has awarded 10 of its Division I programs as All-Academic Teams for the 2017-18 season. The 10 programs honored have the highest composite grade-point averages among the association’s 34 Division I members. Six of the NCWA’s nine conferences had representation on the All-Academic Team, including three from the Mid-Atlantic Conference. The 10 members of the 2017-18 NCWA All-Academic Team are: 

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