Strong Start for Great Lakes Conference

November 02, 2017 | Rick Bolhuis

Grand Rapids, MI - The NCWA’s Great Lakes Conference (GLC) kicked off the the 2017-18 season with two dual wins by the University of Akron, two champions at the Blue Raider Invite, and seven champions at the Fall Brawl.

The University of Akron started the season hosting a tri-meet with NCWA Mideast Conference foes - University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Robert Morris University. They won both duals, defeating UP-Bradford 36-18 and Robert Morris 48-0.

The University of Toledo and The Ohio State University WC joined GLC border teams University of Louisville and Northern Kentucky University at the Blue Raider Invite. The tournament included teams from four different conferences in the NCWA and two of the top-ranked teams in the country - the University of Central Florida and Middle Tennessee State University.

The University of Toledo placed three wrestlers with two claiming titles. DeAnte Evans won the 141 pound bracket and Zach Blevins won the 149 pound bracket. Ben Huff took fourth at 157.

The Fall Brawl returned to the campus of Grand Valley State University. Longtime GLC members GVSU, Michigan State University WC, Mott Community College, University of Michigan WC, and University of Michigan-Dearborn all sent athletes for the first event of the season. Saginaw Valley State University rejoined the NCWA for this season and relative newcomer Ferris State University sent two wrestlers for their first college wrestling experience . Macomb Community College deputed a wrestling program in the NCWA, while former GLC member Henry Ford College made a debut as a varsity NJCAA program.

Mott Community College led the way for the GLC programs with three champions and four runners-up. Claiming titles for the Bears were Arthur Payne (141), JT Mullins (165), and Jerron Thomas (184).

Entering only first-year wrestlers, GVSU crowned three champions and three runners-up. Champions for the Lakers were Joe Posledni (157), Brady Bischer (174), and Mitchell Krahulik (285).

The final champion from a GLC program was Alex James of Michigan State University WC at 235.

Macomb Community College made a strong debut, placing five wrestlers in the top-three of their weight class.

Many of the GLC programs will be back in action next weekend at the Ben McMullen Open hosted by Muskegon Community College.

Blue Raider Invite
Full results here:
Final weight class results here:

GLC Fall Brawl
Full Results here:
Final weight class results here: