NCWA Recognizes 10 Programs as All-Academic Teams

| Scott Farrell

DALLAS – The National Collegiate Wrestling Association has awarded 10 of its Division I programs as All-Academic Teams for the 2017-18 season. The 10 programs honored have the highest composite grade-point averages among the association’s 34 Division I members. Six of the NCWA’s nine conferences had representation on the All-Academic Team, including three from the Mid-Atlantic Conference. The 10 members of the 2017-18 NCWA All-Academic Team are: 

NCWA Leadership Returns to Florida for Annual Vision Forum

| NCWA

DALLAS, TX.  - The National Collegiate Wrestling Association will again welcome it’s coaches and staff members to the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort for its annual Vision Forum Conference. NCWA representatives including conference chairman and commissioners from the nine NCWA Regions will discuss multiple segments of the upcoming season and future seasons over the three days of meetings and legislation slated for August 2nd through August 5th. The Vision Forum is held in conjunction with the annual National Wrestling Coaches Convention. Coaches may choose to attended both the vision forum and leadership seminars, briefings and social events with the rest of the nation’s NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA coaches. REGISTER HERE

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

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