Here are the results from all of the finals matches at the 2016 NCWA Championships, with each wrestler's place listed first followed by the scores of the placing matches. The final team standings are at the bottom of the file.
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.
Here are a few notes on the national finalists at the NCWA Champioinships. Their records are current through the tournament.
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.
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.
The NCWA has released it's qualifiers for the 2016 National Championships. The List of qualifying athletes includes those that placed high enough in their respective Conferences to earn a spot at the Championships as well as the wildcards chosen by their conferences to represent them at a given weight.
This years field of qualifiers is the largest ever at the NCWA nationals and again represents the largest college National Championship in the country with over 500 male and 65 female athletes compared to NCAA DI Qualifying wrestlers at just under 350.
|1||University of Central Florida||1347.10|
|2||Grand Valley State University||1238.90|
|4||The Apprentice School||1153.30|
|6||Penn State - DuBois||1052.95|
|7||Middle Tennessee State University||935.35|
|8||Penn State University WC||798.35|
|9||Grays Harbor College||792.05|
|10||University of Maine||764.85|
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|10||Trace Thome||190.90||View Athlete Rankings|