January Rankings Released for NCWA

| Bryan Knepper

There is a new sheriff in town and it turns out it's the old sheriff as well.  Two-time defending National Champion Emmanuel College (SEC) has taken over the #1 spot from perennial contender UCF.  Ten of the eleven weight classes remain stable at the top with the same #1 wrestlers as in late November.  The only new #1 is at 149 where Freshman standout Zach Blevins of the University of Toledo took over but is followed closely by another Freshman, Nick Puliti of Temple University.

Hokies, Apprentice, advance to semifinals at Virginia Duals

| Jim McGrath, Correspondent

Now in its 38th year, the Virginia Duals, one of the nation’s premier wrestling events, got underway Friday at Hampton Coliseum.

Carrying the moniker, “The Granddaddy of Them All,” the Duals feature more than 1,000 wrestlers from 48 high school and 21 college teams divided into National, American, and for the high schoolers, Black and Blue categories.

NCWA Coach of the Year Takes on a New Challenge

| Victory Sports Network

Midway, Ky. -- Midway University athletic director, Rusty Kennedy, has announced the hiring of Jake Brumbelow as the first-ever head coach for the inaugural Midway wrestling program, which is set to make its debut in fall 2018. 

"I am excited to welcome Jake Brumbelow to Midway University as our first-ever head wrestling coach," said Kennedy. "Jake stood out among a very impressive pool of applicants we had for our position."

Kennedy added, "His history of success and experience of starting two prior wrestling programs at the college level really impressed us and 

2018 NCWA National Duals Competitors Set!

| Bryan Knepper

The 2018 NCWA National Duals field has officially been selected! The event will take place at the LaHaye Ice Center on the campus of Liberty University on January 26-27, 2018.

Emmanuel and Liberty will look for a rematch in the finals while Washington State will be making its first appearance at the duals.  Three other teams return from a hiatus with RPI being back for the first time since the 2009 event.

Apprentice top-6 in Ted Reese Invitational

| Bryan Knepper

The Builder Wrestling team traveled to the University of Southern Maine Saturday to compete in the Ted Reese Invitational, placing 6th out of 16 teams.  The young team saw some new variety this weekend, seeing competitors from NCAA div3 and NCWA programs all based in New England.  The US Coast Guard Academy (NCAA D3) won the event with 166 team points, followed by host Southern Maine with 159 points.  Apprentice edged Trinity College of Connecticut for the top-six finish.

New NCWA Rankings Released!

| Bryan Knepper

Central Florida remains atop the NCWA-D1 team rankings (43 pts) with 3 individuals ranked #1 including the top-2 wrestlers at 125.  The top-10 for NCWA-D1 are rounded out by Emmanuel and Grand Valley State tied at 2nd (42 pts), Middle Tennessee (4th-39 pts), Liberty (5th-35 pts), Apprentice (6th-32 pts), Toledo (7th-27 pts), Springfield Tech (8th-24 pts), Queens of Charlotte (9th-23 pts), and BYU (10th-22 pts).

MIT Wrestler Earns Rhodes Scholarship

| MIT press release

Matthew Chun, from Arlington, Virginia, is an MIT senior majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in management science. As a Rhodes Scholar, Chun seeks to further his knowledge of policy and law, with the goal of advising organizations that bring life-improving technologies to countries around the world. At Oxford, he will pursue a second BA in jurisprudence before returning to the U.S. to enroll in law school with a focus on intellectual property.

Rams and Wildcats Finish First and Second

| Aaron Scheffler

Two competitions into the season, the Wayne State College wrestling team hosted their first of two events competing at the WSC Mort Harris Center this past weekend. On Friday and Saturday, the National Collegiate Wrestling Association took over the west end of the hall battling teams such as Colorado State University, Missouri 

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