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Chok­ers wrestling claims fourth straight conference title

| Ryan Sparks

The Grays Harbor College wrestling team continued its dominance in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association’s Northwest Conference on Saturday, winning its fourth-consecutive team title after a stellar performance at the Sam Benn Gymnasium.

Grays Harbor, which entered Saturday’s NCWA Northwest Conference Championship ranked No. 7 in the nation, secured the team title with

Lib­er­ty — Appren­tice Showdown this Weekend

| Matt Trotman

The Apprentice wrestling squad had historically ruled the Mid-Atlantic conference, winning eight straight team titles from 2003-2011.  They also won back-to-back Northeast Conference titles before moving conferences.  The team was largely uncontested in conference action, until a new in-state rival entered the division.  Liberty.  

When Liberty University dropped its NCAA D1 program, the team joined the National Collegiate Wrestling Association and immediately made waves in the competition. Apprentice has not won a conference team title since Liberty first knocked them off in 2012, however the drought could soon be over. 

Despite losing two head-to-head dual meets to Liberty this season, the Builders are still #1 in the team tournament rankings.  Last season Liberty won the MAC with 200.5 team points, beating 2nd place Apprentice by 25.  At the National Championships Apprentice nearly flipped the script, narrowly losing the National team title by half of a point. 

With the strongest line-up the

Ottawa Ari­zona Com­petes at The Desert Mountain Tournament

| Ryan Ericson

LAS VEGAS, NV. – On Saturday, February 9th the OUAZ Wrestling team took a trip up to University of Nevada, Las Vegas for the Desert Mountain Tournament. Coach DeJarnett was proud of the teams strong showing as 5 of the 9 wrestlers completing placed. “We had a lot

MIT Defeats Yale and Uni­ver­si­ty of Rhode Island

The MIT Wrestling team competed at The Esquivel Duals and defeated both Yale University and the University of Rhode Island by the same score of 30-24 on Saturday. Freshman, Keith Skaggs won both of his matches by fall. Grad student, Jacob Adams won 3 matches, 2 by pin and 1 forfeit extending his win streak to 7. Junior George Friedlander was 2 and 0 on the day. Senior captain Frank Soucy and Johnathon Brown won both of their matches by fall. Grad student and first year wrestler Brendan O’Neill lost 2 hard fought matches.

The team travels to the University of New Hampshire on Sunday, February 17th to compete at the Henry Marsh Invitational.

Ottawa Ari­zona Wins First Dual in School History

| Ryan Ericson

RIVERSIDE, CA. – On Saturday, January 26th the OUAZ Wrestling Team headed to University of California, Riverside. The Grey Wolf's battled hard and proved their might against the Highlanders. Defeating the Highlanders 36-21.

Nation­al Duals Final Results

The 2019 NCWA National Duals are complete in Mesquite, Nevada. 
Individual match boxscores can be found at:
https://arena.flowrestling.org...

Here are the scores from today's action:

Championship Quarterfinals
(1) Liberty 43, (8) UNLV 15
(5) Central Florida 25, (4) Springfield Tech 23
(3) Grand Valley State 29, (6) Grays Harbor 24
(2) Apprentice 57, (7) Toledo 6

Championship Semifinals
Liberty 30, Central Florida 17
Apprentice 32, Grand Valley State 14

Championship
Liberty 28, Apprentice 18

Third-place Match
Grand Valley State 36, Central Florida 11

Fifth-Place Semifinals
Springfield Tech 30, UNLV 28
Grays Harbor 56, Toledo 5

Fifth-Place - Springfield Tech 32, Grays Harbor 23

Seventh-Place - UNLV 45, Toledo 12

Consolation Quarterfinals
(9) Washington State 52, (16) Cal State Northridge 6
(11) Wayne State 42, (14) Maine 6
(13) Colorado State 37, (12) Dixie State 12
(15) MIT 28, (10) Richland College 27

Consolation Semifinals
Wayne State 37, Washington State 24
Colorado State 39, MIT 3

Consolation Championship (Ninth Place)
Colorado State 28, Wayne State 18

11th-Place - Washington State 39, MIT 20

13th-Place Semifinals
Maine 30, Cal State Northridge 27
Richland 41, Dixie State 24

13th-Place - Maine 26, Richland 24

15th-Place - Dixie State 33, Cal State Northridge 18

National Team Points advanced for Grand National Championship: Liberty (20), Apprentice (19), Grand Valley (18), Central Florida (17), Springfield Tech (16), Grays Harbor (15), UNLV (14), Toledo (13), Colorado State (12), Wayne State College (11), Washington State (10), MIT (9), Maine (8), Richland (7), Cal State Northridge (5)

Lib­er­ty Ral­lies Again, Wins Nation­al Duals over Apprentice

| By Scott Farrell and Ted Allen

MESQUITE, Nevada – Liberty made history Saturday, rallying for the second time in two weeks to upend old foe Apprentice, 28-18, and win the 2019 NCWA National Duals. The Flames, top-seeded in the 16-team tournament, become the first team to repeat as the National Duals champion since the NCWA began sponsoring it as a championship event in 2009. (continued)

Mott tops East Car­oli­na for Regional Duals Title

Mott Community College went 4-0 on the day, topping East Carolina University 38-18 in the Championship Dual. The University of Akron beat Penn State University WC 31-30 on tiebreaker criteria in the third place dual, and Macomb Community College beat University of Michigan WC 36-24 for fifth.

Nation­al Duals — Saturday schedule

Here is the schedule for Saturday's championship and consolation brackets. 
Competition begins at 10:45 a.m. PST and the Casablanca Resort Event Center in Mesquite, Nevada.
Results can be tracked lived at arena.flowrestling.org. 

Championship Bracket
(10:45 a.m. PST)

Liberty vs. UNLV
UCF vs. Springfield Tech
Grand Valley State vs. Grays Harbor
Toledo vs. Apprentice

Championship Semifinals at 2:15 p.m. PST
Championship, 3rd, 5th, 7th-place Matches at 6 p.m. PST

Consolation Bracket
(9 a.m. PST)
Washington State vs. Cal State Northridge
Wayne State vs. Maine
Colorado State vs. Dixie State
MIT vs. Richland

Consolation Semifinals at 12:30 p.m. PST
9th, 11th, 13th, 15th-Place Matches at 4:15 p.m. PST

Akron Hosts NCWA Region­al Duals on Saturday

The University of Akron will host the NCWA Regional Duals at 9 a.m. Saturday at Springfield High School in Akron. 

At present nine schools are in the bracket at one of the NCWA's three championship events - Akron, East Carolina, James Madison, Macomb CC, Michigan WC, Mott CC, Penn State WC, Slippery Rock and Temple. (Continued)

Nation­al Duals — Fri­day’s Round Robin Results

The 2019 NCWA National Duals are ongoing in Mesquite, Nevada.
Individual match box scores will be available on this site later today. The top two teams in each pool advance to Saturday's championship bracket. The third and fourth-place pool teams will compete in Saturday's consolation bracket. 



Nation­al Duals Pre­view: Top-Ranked Wrestlers Set to Face One Another

DALLAS – The National Duals brings most of the NCWA’s top teams together for the first time this season, and with seven of the top eight ranked teams competing in Mesquite, Nevada, it’s a great time to measure where each wrestler stands in their respective weight classes.

The tournament has teams from seven of its eight conferences in attendance at the Casablanca Resort Event Center, making this the first time for most of the wrestlers to face NCWA opponents from outside their own conference or geographic region. This tournament will be especially important for teams from the West Coast and Northwest Conferences, who have an all-time high of seven teams in the 16-team field.

NCWA Nation­al Duals Head West for the First Time

DALLAS – The
NCWA kicks off its National Duals tournament Friday with seven of its top eight-ranked programs competing at the Casablanca Resort Event Center in Mesquite, Nevada. For the first time, seven of the NCWA’s eight conferences have representation within the tournament’s 16-team field, including an all-time high of six programs from the Northwest and West Coast Conferences competing. (continued)

MIT’s Skag­gs Places Third at Jim Aguiar

The MIT wrestling team traveled to Plymouth State University on Saturday, January 12th to compete at the Jim Aguiar Invitational. MIT finished in 10th place as a team. Freshman, 125 pounder Keith Skaggs was 4 and 1 on the day finishing in 3rd place. Keith lost his first match and then won 4 straight and in the process defeated the wrestler who

Men’s Rank­ings and D1 / D2 Team Rank­ings — 1.15.19

The Men's individual rankings can be found on this website under the RANKINGS header.

While published on this site on January 15, 2019, the rankings can also be found with HERE.

Of note, Apprentice holds on to the #1 spot, despite losing in a dual at the Virginia Duals to #2 Liberty.  These rankings are projections for the National Championship in March.  Additional points will be added after the completion of the National Duals which are applied to the Grand National Championship standings.  The remaining top-10 are #3 Springfield Tech, #4 Grand Valley State, #5-t Mott CC (up 4 spots), #5-t Central Florida, #7 Toledo, #8 Grays Harbor, #9 North Texas, and #10 Middle Tennessee State.

The D-2 team rankings see two teams tied for the #1 spot with East Carolina and West Chester.  The top-5 are rounded off by #3 Texas A&M, #4 Penn State WC, and #5 Western Washington.

Individually, there are two new #1s with Jerron Thomas (Sr, 184, Mott) returning to the lineup after a 2nd place finish in 2018 and Jesse Gaudin (Sr, 285, UCF) also returning to try to become the next 4x All-American after finishing 4th in '18, 2nd in '17, and 2nd in '16.

The remaining #1 wrestlers are: 125 - Colton Messick (Jr, Apprentice), 133 - Brendan Hazelton (Sr, Grand Valley State), 141 - Tyler Sage (Sr, Florida), 149 - Zach Blevins (So, Toledo), 157 - Dan Ritz (Sr, Penn State WC), 165 - Chad Simmons (Sr, Apprentice), 174 - Jacob Berry (So, Springfield Tech), 197 - Austin Amos (Sr, Liberty), and 235 - Jeff Allen (Fr, Liberty).

The next rankings are scheduled for release after the completion of the National and Regional Duals in Mesquite, NV and Akron, OH, respectively on Jan 25-26, 2019.

New NCWA Wom­en’s Rank­ings Released! — 1.15.19

There is a new #1 team for the Women's Division.  The rankings for the women's division have been updated and will soon be added to the NCWA website under the rankings heading.

The new rankings for the NCWA Women's Division have been released (see full rankings HERE).

The new top team in the land is Grays Harbor College with a total of 10-ranked wrestlers.  Previous #1 SW Oregon CC is currently ranked #2 but this may change once their WCWA season is completed and the team has more interaction with the other Northwest Conference teams.  Overall the Northwest Conference appears to be the powerhouse for the Women's Division with the top-3 teams and 4 in the top-15.  The biggest move in the team rankings was by Schreiner University (TX, Southwest Conference) as they moved up from 13th to #5 after strong showings in the UNT Invite and EZ-Flex Southwest Scuffle.

The top women at each weight include: 101 - Maria Reyes (Fr, Big Bend CC), 109 - Ivy Navarro (So, SWOCC), 116 - Cynthia Ramirez (So, Grays Harbor), 123 - KaMele Sanchez (Sr, Colorado State), 130 - Marina Goocher (Sr, Michigan-Dearborn), 136 - Tara Linneman (So, Springfield Tech), 143 - Shannon Ripley (Jr, Husson), 155 - Maxine Knetter (Jr, Wisconsin), 170 - Cendall Manley (Jr, Liberty), and 191 - Leilani Camargo-Naone (So, Midland).

These rankings will be kept on the Rankings site here on ncwa.net/rankings moving forward.  Check back after National Duals to see if anything has changed!

Appren­tice Fin­ish­es Atop a Field of 18 Teams

| Jeffery Egnot

The Apprentice wrestling team had a stellar performance at the Waynesburg Invitational this past weekend, placing 2nd of 18 teams despite not having an entry at two different weights. Alma College and Washington & Jefferson were co-champions with 110 points, followed by Apprentice with 104 and Mount St Joseph with 95.

2019 NCWA Nation­al Duals Field Set!

The field for the 2019 NCWA National Duals hosted by the West Coast Conference has been announced by the NCWA.  The event will take place at the Casa Blana Resort in Mesquite, Nevada on January 25-26, 2019.  The two closest cities to the venue are St. George, UT (home of Dixie State University) and Las Vegas, NV (home of UNLV).