North Texas Wins First Greco-Roman College Nationals

June 03, 2017 | Scott Farrell

DALLAS -- Paced by national champion Cassidy Collins and five runners-up, North Texas out-manned the field to claim the inaugural Greco-Roman College National Championships. The Eagles scored 55 points and placed at least one All-American in each of the eight weight classes.

The National Collegiate Wrestling Association sponsored the event, serving as host along with its member school Richland College to the first tournament of its kind for the Greco-Roman style of wrestling to award a collegiate national championship and All-America honors. As a new Greco-Roman expansion of its association, the NCWA required all tournament entrants to maintain the same academic requirements as those of its regular college season.

Collins led North Texas’ eight All-Americans with the national title at 71 kg, topping Champ Darabundit of USC in a best-of-three match format, 2-1. Foster Griffin (59), Taylor Swanson (66), Scott Akers (75), Kris Bickham (80) and Ikaika Neal (130) took second in their classes. Luis Garcia (85) and Sergio Aguilar (98) were third at their weights.

Richland was the tournament runner-up with 34 points behind national champion Dustin Basham at 80 kg. Matt Gonzales (85 kg) and Andy Martinez (98) were runners-up in their classes, and Greg Weasah (59), James Moore (80) and Kendrell Willi (130) earned All-America honors.

USC had two national champions in Michael Lopez at 85 kg and Andres Briones at 98 kg. The Trojans finished third with 27 points, including Darabundit’s runner-up finish at 71.

Other national champions were Houston’s Andrew Willi (59), Paul Adkisson of UCLA (66), Noah Villamarette of Texas State (75) and Donavan Lozada of Springfield Tech CC (Mass.).

Full results from the tournament are available at flowrestling.org. 

FINAL RESULTS

Team.............................................. Score

1. North Texas..................................... 55

2. Richland College (Texas)................. 34

3. USC................................................. 27

4. UCLA.............................................. 15

5t. Springfield Tech CC (Mass.).......... 10

5t Texas State...................................... 10

5t. Houston.......................................... 10

8. Grays Harbor College (Wash.)........... 0