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Appren­tice Fin­ish­es as National Runner-Up

| Apprentice SID

Allen, TX - Despite a difficult final session, the Apprentice Wrestling squad managed to hold off Grays Harbor to stay in 2nd place after day three.

The team also managed a first ever Collegiate Cup runner-up trophy, awarded for a combined men's and women's team scores, as Erin Mosley managed to place 11th of 26 teams by herself.


| Grays Harbor SID

Allen, TX - The Grays Harbor Chokers Men's team finished 3rd overall as a team with 8 All- Americans. The Chokers also had 2 All Americans in the same 125 lbs weight class- something that has not been done by any other Grays Harbor Wrestling team.

Grays Harbor had a razor thin finish in the team race with second place The Apprentice School. Grays Harbor consistently found itself in the third and second place spot until Apprentice took the lead by 6.5 points. Liberty stole the show with 229 points followed by The Apprentice School (133.5), Grays Harbor College (127), Penn State WC (106) and Ohio State WC (96). Conference foes Washington State came in 20th place with 34.5 points and Big Bend CC in 30th place with 25.5 points.

Lib­er­ty’s 7 – 1 Finals Run Clinch­es Col­le­giate Cup, Carter Wins MOW Again; Big Bend CC Takes Women’s Title

| Scott Farrell

ALLEN, Texas – Liberty erased almost every opponent with a 7-1 run through its finals matches to capture the NCWA Championship on Saturday.

The rest of the wipeouts came within the association’s record book. The Flames broke or tied at least five NCWA team and individual records during one of the most dominating tournaments in the association’s 25-year history. Liberty punctuated its 11th NCWA season with its fifth team title, which ties with Grand Valley State for the most all-time among NCWA programs, and its seven national champions broke its own record for most in one season.

“We didn’t get to wrestle last year and we didn’t like it,” Liberty head coach Jesse Castro said. “So we saved up a little bit from last year and used it here.”

Liberty amassed 229 team points to earn the title, its highest NCWA Championships point total in program history backed by 12 All-Americans, the fourth-most of any NCWA season.

Jeffrey Allen led the way for Liberty with a third consecutive national title at 235 pounds. He and Ty’Rae Carter of Texas A&M highlighted the individual efforts as Carter joined Allen by winning the 149 bracket for a third time. Together they are the fifth and sixth wrestlers to win three national titles in NCWA history.

Carter set another record in gaining the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award for a third consecutive season, another NCWA first. His aggressive style led him to three technical falls in the bracket (18-2, 25-10 and 24-8) to go with a 9-0 major decision in the semifinals and an 11-second pin in Thursday’s opening rounds. He was all over Akron’s Andrew Halko in the title match before taking another tech fall with a 22-7 victory.

“I take what the opponent gives me,” Carter said of his aggressive style. “If I can get a fall I’ll try. But I aim to score and so those scores are a result. I coach a lot of youth in the Houston area and in College Station. I know they’re watching me so I have to set an example for them to keep charging.”

Apprentice took second overall with 133.5 points but was still able to hold off Grays Harbor College (Wash.) despite being stung with losses in all four of its final matches. Grays Harbor was third at 127. The Penn State Wrestling Club won the Division II championship for a fourth consecutive seasons – the first time that’s happened – with 106 points, gaining just enough points through the placing matches to fend off Ohio State WC, which led the Division II standings until Saturday morning’s session.

The women’s division was a three-team race commanded by Big Bend CC (Wash.) at the top. The Vikings ran away with the title with 115.5 points followed by Ottawa Arizona in second with 73.5 and Grays Harbor with 72.5.

Eight Final­ists, 12 All-Amer­i­cans Keep Liberty On Top

| Scott Farrell

ALLEN, Texas –Another day of domination kept Liberty atop the NCWA Championships standings board with eight finalists leading its group of 12 All-Americans.

The Flames’ takeover of the tournament brackets is all but wrapped up with 196 team points, and counting. Left to see in Saturday’s placing rounds at the Credit Union of Texas Event Center is how much of the NCWA’s record book can this Liberty team claim as well.

Flames Take Com­mand With 10 in Semi­fi­nals; Apprentice 2nd

| Scott Farrell

ALLEN, Texas –Liberty took control of the NCWA Championships Friday morning advancing 10 wrestlers into the semifinals with another four alive in the consolation rounds as the early session concluded at the Credit Union of Texas Event Center. The three-time defending NCWA champions are far ahead of the field with 135 points, outpacing rival Apprentice School’s 98.5.

Lib­er­ty Leads NCWA Cham­pi­onships With 11 in Quar­ter­fi­nals; Grays Harbor Near

| Scott Farrell

ALLEN, Texas – The Liberty Flames entered the NCWA Championships as the favorites and wrestled to that end Thursday, resting for the day atop the team standings with 62.5 points after two sessions of action at the Credit Union of Texas Event Center. But the three-time defending NCWA champions received a push in the early going and hold a precarious margin against a surging field.

STCC Wrestling Wins 5th Consecutive Conference Title

| Jim Danko

The Springfield Technical Community College wrestling teams brought home their fifth consecutive conference title, capturing first place at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Northeast Conference Championship on Feb. 26.

The men’s and women’s teams competed at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., against 11 other schools, including the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. STCC will host the NEC Championship next year.

Grays Har­bor Wins NCWA Northwest Conference Championships

| Ryan Sparks

The Grays Harbor College men’s and women’s wrestling programs had plenty to celebrate after collecting 12 individual championships and a team title at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association’s Northwest Conference Championships Saturday at Aberdeen High School.

The Chokers men’s team scored 236 points to secure the team title, besting second-place Washington State

New Rank­ings and Con­fer­ence Allot­ments Released! CLICK FOR DETAILS!!

| Bryan Knepper

The second of three NCWA Individual and Team Rankings have been released to coincide with the National Qualifier Allotments for each of the 8 NCWA Conference's.

A total of 491 bids were given out in the NCWA Men's Division. The NCWA Women's Division is required to compete in Conference tournaments but will only serve for seeding purposes as all NCWA women will advance to the National tournament.

****Updated Rankings for the Men's Division can be found here:

****Updated Rankings for the Women's Divsion can be found here:

Ottawa Ari­zona Women Take The Prize


OUAZ's Women's Wrestling was up to the challenge claiming the National Title with victories over major contenders The Apprentice School from Norfolk, Va and Grand Canyon University from Arizona.

One of the highlights of the day came in the second match against Grand Canyon. Jasmin Soc-Lopez (OUAZ) faced off again Daniella Suttles (GCU). In their previous two meetings, Suttle has come out on top. This time it was all Soc-Lopez. She scored the first takedown and went on to secure the pin in the first period.

Another highlight was a match between OUAZ's Iyanla Thomas and Erin Aragon (The AS). Aragon was the National Runner-up two years ago. Thomas was able to overcome a strong start by Aragon to get the pin in the third period.

Lib­er­ty Wrestlers Roll to Fourth Straight NCWA Duals title


Lynchburg Va: Liberty University’s top-ranked men’s wrestling team captured its record fourth consecutive NCWA National Duals championship and sixth in its 11 seasons in the league with overpowering showings both Friday and Saturday at the LaHaye Ice Center (LIC).

“We had a dominating performance,” said Flames 197-pound senior Josiah Murphy, who was one of seven Liberty wrestlers (out of 11 weight classes) to finish 4-0 individually.

The others were 133-pound graduate Logan Robertson, 141-pound sophomore Garrett Good, 149-pound junior Brandon Ahlemann — the only one to win all four by fall — 165-pound junior David Over, 235-pound senior Jeff Allen, and junior heavyweight Rick Weaver, who racked up three pins and a technical fall.

Builders Fin­ish Sec­ond at National Duals

| Apprentice Staff

Lynchburg, VA - The men's wrestling squad completed the National Duals as the runner-up again, falling to defending champions Liberty University. The Builders advanced to the finals after a forfeit from Grays Harbor Saturday morning.

Grays Har­bor Splits at National Duals

| GHC Staff

Lynchburg, VA - The Chokers traveled east to participate in the NCWA National Duals and came away with a 1-1 record. The team took on the University of Central Florida in round one and dominated with a 53-6 victory. The Chokers then matched up with the returning national champions and current number one team Liberty University. The dual didn't go well for the Chokers and were defeated 50-12.


| Bryan Knepper

The first NCWA Individual and Team Rankings are finally out! It's probably no surprise that the team title in the Men's Division looks like a 2-team race between Liberty and Apprentice while the Women's Division is up for grabs between 4 teams.
Despite the year off for Covid, the men's division still has 3 returning champions and an additional 3 national finalists amongst the returning 27 All-Americans. Many individuals will look for redemption as they were pulled out of title contention in the Spring of 2020 during the national tournament. The women's division has only 10 returning All-Americans including 6 previous national finalists.
****Rankings for the Men's Division can be found here:
****The Women's Division rankings can be found here:

Lib­er­ty Uni­ver­si­ty Dom­i­nates Car­oli­na Clash Duals fea­tur­ing NCAA Division II field

| Ted Allen / Staff Writer

Wrestling five duals in one day only made Liberty University’s men’s wrestling team stronger by the match, Saturday at the Carolina Clash, hosted by Lander University in Greenwood, S.C.

The Flames, who will host the NCWA National Duals on Jan. 21-22 in search of their sixth title, finished 5-0 in their only dual meet competition of the fall semester, winning all of their matches decisively against an NCAA Division II field of teams.

Liberty brought 20 wrestlers to Saturday’s duals tournament, enough for two in each of the 10 weight classes. The Flames dominated Allen (S.C.) University, 36-15, Mt. Olive (N.C.) University, 33-10, Bluefield (Va.) State, 41-7, Emmanuel (Ga.) College, 33-5, and host Lander’s B team, 36-12.

Appren­tice School Wrestler Makes His­to­ry. She can Weld, too.

| Hugh Lessig, Daily Press

Before working out with the wrestling team last week, Erin Aragon sat down and told a childhood story that was difficult to believe.

She was maybe 10 or 11 years when she forced herself to order a meal in a restaurant — out loud, by herself — for the very first time. “I cried when I did it,” she said. “It was really, really bad.”
A phone interview with her mother >>>

Lib­er­ty lands two cham­pi­ons, fourth-place team finish at Messiah

| Jim Giunta

Liberty University’s men’s wrestling team opened its 2021-22 season in fantastic fashion by earning two individual titles, posting one second-place and two third-place showings, and finishing fourth out of 10 teams overall at Saturday’s Messiah Invitational in Grantham, Pa.

“It was a great starting point for the Flames’ wrestling team,” Liberty Head Coach Jesse Castro said. “We got some