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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Bellarmine’s four national champions along with a runner-up and three third-place finishers secured its first team title at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships at the Puerto Rico Convention Center. Devan Hendricks, the Knights’ senior 174-pounder who won his bracket with a third-period pin over Grand Valley State’s Josh Kenny, was named Most Outstanding Wrestler.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Jeff Allen of Liberty became the most decorated men's wrestler in association history Saturday when he won the 235-pound bracket at the NCWA Championships. Allen defeated Zeke Alleman of Utah Tech, 5-4, for his fourth consecutive national title – he is the first male wrestler in NCWA history to win four.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Ottawa Arizona already had command of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships heading into Saturday’s finals matches. The Spirit then cemented their first NCWA title with individual titles in the first three weight classes to pace a 120-point effort.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Bellarmine surged into the lead at the 26th annual National Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships by advancing a tournament-high five wrestlers into the finals with another three still alive in the placing rounds. Bellarmine has 156.5 team points and an 11.5-point cushion over four-time champion Liberty.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Liberty leads the NCWA Championships after the first day, ahead of Apprentice and Grand Valley State at the moment and with the depth of 18 wrestlers still competing in 10 different brackets.
But the day also provided plenty of highlights for other individuals and programs who look to surge up to the medal stand Saturday. Many questions remain. Here is a look at the day’s results broken down by weight class.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Liberty began pursuit of its record fifth consecutive NCWA title in a big way Thursday with a battery of 18 wrestlers that still have a dozen alive in the championship brackets. Already with a cushion over second-place Apprentice and with three more wrestlers in the quarterfinals than the Builders, the title could be the Flames’ to lose.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The 26th annual National Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships are set to begin Thursday at the Puerto Rico Convention Center with more than 100 teams ready to compete for national titles. The tournament is an exciting venture for the association as it brings collegiate wrestling into Puerto Rico for the first time.
The 9 NCWA Conference Tournaments are over and with it comes the anticipation of the National Tournament Bracket.
The brackets have been released and can be viewed in there entirety online on FloArena!
The Men will start the Championships on Thursday, March 9th. #1 seeds for the Men's tournament are:
125 - Jack Parker (Fr, Bellarmine) 24-13 133 - Dillon Messick (Sr, Apprentice) 27-8 141 - Parker Watson (Sr, Ohio State WC) 10-0 149 - Zac Cowan (So, Bellarmine) 24-8 157 - Ian McIlhenny (Sr, Liberty) 10-7 RETURNING NATIONAL CHAMP 165 - Cole Nance (So, Bellarmine) 27-12 174 - Devan Hendricks (Sr, Bellarmine) 21-4 184 - Michael Jackson (Jr, Allen) 27-4 197 - Josiah Murphy (Sr, Liberty) 12-1 RETURNING NATIONAL CHAMP 235 - Jeffrey Allen (Sr, Liberty) 25-2 3x DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMP 285 - Frederick Weaver (Sr, Liberty) 18-1 2X DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMP
Note that two other National Champions are in the brackets with the 2022 141-lb Champion, Thomas McCane (now with Central Florida and the #10 seed at 149) and the 2022 174-lb NJCAA Champion, Josh Kenny (previously of Muskegon CC) as the #2 seed at 174.
The Women start competition on Friday, March 10th. #1 Seeds for the Women's tournament are:
101 - Jasmine Cortez (Fr, Texas State) 7-0 109 - Hermelinda Mendoza (Jr, Ottawa-Arizona) 17-1 2022 NATIONAL CHAMP at 101 116 - LyQualah Kinsey (So, Ottawa-Arizona) 18-5 123 - Lauren Stone (Jr, Florida) 3-2 2022 NATIONAL CHAMP 130 - Viveca Pannell (So, MIT) 16-7 136 - Julie Wilson (So, Washington State) 10-7 143 - Anastasia Fucci (Fr, Colorado State) 16-0 155 - Leilani Frazier (Fr, Santa Rosa JC) 2-1 170 - Maile Ka'ahanui (Jr, Liberty) 4-5 191 - Ranaeh Ureste (So, Grays Harbor College) 18-6 235 - Katie Moore (Jr, Stony Brook) 2022 NATIONAL CHAMP
NCWA Staff, Personnel, and Teams are starting to arrive in Puerto Rico as we speak! See everyone at the tournament!