By JOSH PEICK - GRAND RAPIDS : Rick Bolhuis, head coach of the Grand Valley State wrestling team, said early in the wrestling season that he fully expected his team to contend for a national title. Bolhuis' expectation became reality on Jan. 22 and 23, as the Lakers secured a second-place finish at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association national duals in Dalton, Georgia.
DALTON, Ga. – The Central Florida bench was largely quiet during the opening bouts of its championship match, waiting for its strength in the bottom part of its lineup to come through.
There were some nervous moments along the way. But when Chandler Dobler put his opponent on his back early in the 184-pound match, the Knights’ bench erupted as if it knew the match would be in hand. Dobler, top-ranked in his weight class, responded to the surge on cue, pinning Eric Dietz in 1:48 to send UCF on its way to a 32-18 win over Grand Valley State.
Here are the finals results from the placing matches at the National Duals. Also included are the team points awarded based on a team's finish that will carry into the NCWA Championships in March. The results from the Western Regional Duals will be added at a later date.
DALTON, GA. – Seven of the eight top seeds, including top-seed and tournament favorite Central Florida, advanced through their round-robin action Friday into the quarterfinals at the NCWA National Duals. Liberty, the defending champion, also advanced into Saturday’s quarterfinals that begin at noon at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center.
DALTON, GA – The National Collegiate Wrestling Association’s National Duals Tournament, the first leg of the NCWA Championship Series, begins today in Dalton as 300 wrestlers and coaches return to Georgia’s mountains to compete for the favorite’s role toward the national title.
In its first dual meet competition of the season, following six individual tournaments in the fall, Liberty University's wrestling team experienced mixed results at the Virginia Duals, going 2-2 to place fourth in the American College division of the Virginia Duals at the Hampton Coliseum. The Flames opened the tournament with a 30-18 victory over Camden County College, winning > > Read More
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The University of Central Florida rallied twice to overtake Southeastern University and gain its most coveted dual win of the season. The Knights, wrestling its home match Monday at Osceola High School, won the last three matches to come back from a 16-6 deficit to defeat the Fire, 20-16. The Knights' Tyrell Walker capped off the dual with a dramatic tech fall win, 19-3, in the heavyweight match. Southeastern led 16-15 to that point.