It's Championship Week in the NCWA

| Scott Farrell

DALLAS - Championship Week begins this weekend at nine locations around the country. The road to earning on of the 490 qualifying spots in the NCWA Men's National Championships starts with the conference qualifiers, as all nine of the NCWA conferences are in action. 

Flames wrestlers roll over Mules to finish 11-1 in dual meets

| Ted Allen/Staff Writer

Liberty University's men's wrestling team got snowed in Allentown, Pa., after Saturday night's dual match at Muhlenberg College when six inches fell on northern Pennsylvania. On the mat, the Flames used the snowball effect to roll over the NCAA Division III Mules, 34-8, improving to 11-1 on the year in dual-meet competition.

Flames 157-pounder Andrew Burgett won his match by 7-0 decision. (Photo by Nathan Spencer)

"We spoiled the party," Liberty Head Coach Jesse Castro said, noting that Muhlenberg had scheduled the NCWA Flames on its Senior Night. 

Ross Graham Named USCAA Wrestler of the Week

| Scott Farrell

Ross Graham of The Apprentice School has been named the USCAA Wrestler of the Week for the week of Feb. 11. At the USCAA Wrestling National Invitational, Graham pinned all three of his opponents to win the 197-pound bracket and help pace the Builders to the tournament title. 

Apprentice Wins USCAA National Invitational

| Jeffrey Engot

The Builder wrestling team had a successful weekend, winning the 2018 USCAA National Invitational held at Penn State University by a wide margin on Sunday.  The 1st place finish was the best for the Builders since last winning the event in 2014.  Apprentice won the 13-team event with 182.5 points, followed by familiar foe Alderson Broaddus with 107.5.

Alfred State takes fifth at USCAA Championships

| Scott Farrell

The Alfred State wrestling team finished fifth out of 13 teams at the USCAA Championships held at Penn State last Sunday. Four Pioneers placed in the top four in the event.

George Van Valen won the 184-pound weight class with a dominating performance. He pinned Devon Meredith in his quarterfinal match, pinned Sam Soloman (Alderson Broadus) in the semifinals, and earned a 16-0 tech fall over Jake Paulson (Penn State-Behrend) in the finals. Van Valen is now 33-1 on the season.

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