Toledo Earns Two Finalists, First National Champ since 2008

| Bryan Knepper

The NCAA-D1 Wrestling Championships just wrapped up this past weekend at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.  Penn State won their 7th National Championship in the last 8 years besting The Ohio State by single digits for the crown.  The crowds were huge, the matches were hyped and lived up to expectations, but there was a lesser known tournament that proceeded it the weekend before at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas…home of the D1 Most Outstanding Wrestler, Bo Nickal.

Ithaca's Van Valen Wins National Title for Alfred State

| Scott Farrell

Ithaca High School graduate Ian Van Valen finished his wrestling career at Alfred State last week with a national title at 184 pounds at the NCWA Championships in Allen, Texas.

Van Valen finished the tournament with a 5-0 record, outscored his opponents 74-2 and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament for his dominating performance. 

Maine woman claims her fourth collegiate wrestling title

| Steve Craig

For three years the background image on Samantha Frank’s phone has been a photo taken moments after she won her first women’s collegiate wrestling national championship as a freshman.

“I had upset the two-time defending champ. She was on the ground with her hands over her head and I was jumping in the air with

Ripley, Merrifield, Fonger secure All-American mat status

| Mark Haskell

ALLEN, TEXAS — Three former Midcoast high school wrestlers — who now shine on the collegiate level —  experienced stellar success on the mats at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) women's national championships on Thursday, March 8 at the Allen Event Center. The talented trio — Husson University’s Shannon

Apprentice Pushes Through to Take Second-Day Lead

| Scott Farrell

ALLEN, Texas – The last time The Apprentice School had a finalist on the Saturday night finals stage, three of its four current coaches were still in their singlets. Builders assistant coaches Marcus Chevres and Ty Holley split their finals matches in 2010, but with a semifinal blast from three wrestlers along with some scoring help in consolations, they and fellow alum and head coach Micah Amrozowicz, have their alma mater in the lead after the second day at the Allen Event Center.

NCWA Championships - Thursday Recap 285

| Scott Farrell

We have broken down our first-day coverage into separate stories on each weight class on our site. Full coverage of the NCWA Championships is available to watch and follow along at www.arena.flowrestling.org.

Wrestling begins again at 9 a.m. Friday with the championship quarterfinals and the two rounds of 16 consolation matches. The championship semifinals are at 7 p.m.

The top two seeds in this class could make for a great championship bout between two two-time All-Americans. But there's another prospective matchup that could be even more appealing with two heavyweights battling each other in the tournament's final match with the team title on the line.

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