The State of California and the NCWA’s West Coast Conference (WCC) welcomed it’s newest college wrestling program at Cal State Northridge. CSUN will be headed by Coach Evan Hess who was lured away from USC to build the Matadors new team.
The team will begin full practices this fall and begin competition in early November. Hess who has been at the Helm of the Trojans program for just two seasons saw the need to expand wrestling competition in California and jumped at the chance to add another wrestling program to the Southland area. His sorrow in leaving USC is only offset by the excitement of starting a program from the ground up in Northridge.
The defending NCWA national team champions, Emmanuel College out of Franklin Springs, Georgia, return four individual national champions as they look to defend their Collegiate Cup title in 2017. In all eight of 11 defending champions and 62 of 88 2016 All-Americans return. In addition, 2015 national champion.... Read More
Sacred Heart University, the only Catholic institution with an NCAA DI wrestling program, will expand their wrestling footprint with the addition of an NCWA DII Club. The new squad will begin practice this fall and start NCWA competition in November.
Sacred Heart has tapped former Sacred Heart wrestling alumnus Michael DelViscovo as the new head coach for the start up program.
DelVescovo works as an adjunct professor in the computer science department and was a starter at 149 lbs. during the mid 2000’s for Sacred Heart
In addition to his wrestling success DelViscovo graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007.
By Cesar Canizales - After a three-decade absence, Richland College in Dallas, Texas will revive its wrestling program this fall — and it will include a women’s team.
Wrestling has experienced a revival at the high school level in Texas and other parts of the country, and those student-athletes are looking for colleges were they can continue to compete.
Twenty-one of the schools in the Dallas Independent School District have wrestling programs, and most also have girls’ teams, comprising more than 11,000 boys and 4,000 girls, according to Bill Neal, physical education faculty member and wrestling coach at Richland.
Aside from providing an opportunity for students-athletes, the college also realized the program can serve as a recruiting tool.
“We’re one of only three two-year schools... Read More
NCWA Announced the locations and dates for this coming season's post season and National Duals.
The post season will begin with the NCWA National Duals held at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on January 27th & 28th, 2017.
The nine NCWA Conference Championships will be contested on Saturday, February 25th as the qualifiers to the National Collegiate Wrestling Championships being held at the Allen Event Center in Allen, TX on March 9th through 11th, 2017. This season the NCWA expects over 190 men’s and women’s wrestling programs to compete for a National Title.
The three day 2017 National Championships will be the largest Collegiate National Championships in the country with over 550 athletes qualifying to make the trip to Allen.
The NCWA Family is deeply sorrowed at the loss of MIT student athlete Andrew “Drew” Esquivel. We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to his parents and entire family.
Drew was not only an outstanding scholar, valued leader and champion wrestler, he was a cohesive force on the wrestling team. Drew wrestled at the 133 pound class and was the Northeast Conference runner-up as well as a 2016 National Qualifier.
He will be sorely missed by his coaches, teammates and the NCWA. Article Here
Clarksville, Ark: Collegiate Hall of Fame wrestler LeRoy Gardner III has been named the new head men's wrestling coach at the University of the Ozarks, it was announced Thursday by Athletics Director Jimmy Clark.
Gardner, a native of Golden Valley, Minn., has been the head coach at University of Houston-Downtown since 2014, where he was named the 2016 National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Southwest Conference Coach of the Year. There, he coached the university's first All-American and Academic All-American. Prior to UH-Downtown, Gardner coached at the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School and Wartburg College. He wrestled at >> READ MORE