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Lib­er­ty Flames Men’s Wrestlers Receive Wake-up Call in Dual with Lindenwood Lions

| Liberty SID

Liberty University's men's wrestling team got a preview of the level of competition it can expect to see in Saturday's Lindenwood Open when the Flames wrestled the Lions in a dual match on Friday in St. Charles, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.

Lindenwood opened a 19-0 lead before Liberty finally got on the scoreboard by virtue of a forfeit win before pulling within 19-12 on a pin by 165-pound graduate Reid Stewart over Logan Johnson. But the Flames would get no closer as the Lions went on to win the last four matches, the last two by fall, in a 34-12 triumph.

Appren­tice Wrestling Stays Con­sis­tent With Strong Showing at Shenandoah

| Apprentice SID

SHENANDOAH, Va. - The Apprentice School wrestling team was on the road this past weekend competing at Shenandoah University. The invitational had seven teams competing in the tournament ranging from NCAA Division II to junior colleges. The Apprentices showed up with five starters out of their lineup for healing purposes from the week before and still managed to pull a solid fourth place finish (93 points) behind Johns Hopkins University (103 points), Shenandoah University (138 points) and Frostburg State University (143.5 points).

Jacob Meek Starts Strong at 285 with Look Towards 235-lb National Title

| Bryan Knepper

The Toledo Rockets haven't dropped off much since the end of the 2022-2023 season, where they finished a record-high 6th place in the NCWA-D1. Fueling the season early for Toledo has been Senior standout Jacob Meek (Oregon Clay HS). Meek finished in 3rd place at 285 at the 2023 NCWA National Championship in San Juan, PR to claim All-American honors.

Ottawa — Ari­zona Women Pick-up Twelve in Their 2023 – 24 Recruiting Cass

| Ottawa SID

OUAZ Women's Wrestling has another strong recruiting class for the 2023-2024 season. With 12 new team members, OUAZ's defending National Champion team looks to stay very competitive.
There are two, 2 time State finalists from Utah. Anja Hansen was the State Champ last year and Runner-up the year before. Alyssa Lujan was a 2 time State Runner-up.

Anja Hansen, 2023 Utah State Champion, Crimson Cliffs High School

There are also two other State Placers in Olivia Atkins from Missouri and 2 time State Placer Deonne Gonzalez from Texas.
Additionally, the team has other multi-time State Qualifiers, a Masters Qualifier, and a District Champion.
"This is shaping up to be an amazing team" Cruz said. We also have

Lib­er­ty recruits will improve depth, strength throughout lineup

| Liberty SID

Liberty University men's wrestling team's Fall 2023 recruiting class includes a trio of student-athletes who should help the Flames contend for their fifth NCWA National Duals and Grand National championships in six seasons next spring.

Jahleel Armstrong Flames Wrestling room
Armstrong visited Liberty this past weekend and saw
the wrestling team's facility in the Liberty Club Sports Complex.

Jahleel Armstrong, a Virginia High School League Group 6A 126-pound state champion at Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, Va.; Giovanni DeGeorge, a 141-pound competitor for two-time-defending New Jersey Group 3 state champion Delsea Regional High School; and Timothy Goddard, a Massachusetts 182-pound state champion and New England runner-up from Algonquin Regional High School will bring tremendous experience to Liberty Mountain as they compete for the Flames over the next four seasons.

Liberty is coming off runner-up showings to Bellarmine University at both the NCWA National Duals in Louisville

Builders Release 2023 – 24 Competition Schedule

| Apprentice SID

NEWPORT NEWS - The Apprentice School wrestling team and head coach Micah Amrozowicz has announced the 2023-24 schedule.
The season kicks off with wrestle offs on October 27 before the first tournament of the year at James Madison on November 5. The Builders will then head to Averett for the first time of the season on November 12 before returning to Danville on December 9 for the Cougar Duals.
Apprentice will travel to Shenandoah on November 19 and York, Pennsylvania, for the New Standard Invitational on December 1. The 2023 portion of the schedule ends with a December 22 trip to the Wilkes Open.

The Builders jump right back in

Wash­ing­ton State Wrestling Ele­vates to Var­si­ty Club Sta­tus for 2023 – 24 Season

| Washington State SID

Pullman, WA — The Washington State University Men & Women’s Wrestling Team eagerly announces its transition to a Varsity Wrestling Club Status Program for the upcoming 2023-2024 season.

In the men's division, the team boasts a formidable lineup of 37 NCWA members competing on the intercollegiate squad. Leading the charge are two seasoned blood-round wrestlers: 165 lb. Senior Bobby Shepard and 133 lb. Sophomore Kobe Bui.
Meanwhile, the women's team showcases 19 intercollegiate .....>>

Texas Wel­comes Coach Grant Leeth

| Jim Giunta

The NCWA and The Texas Collegiate Wrestling Foundation (TCWF) are thrilled to welcome Coach Grant Leeth as the new leader for Tarleton State University's NCWA Intercollegiate wrestling program. The establishment of this new team, chartered just last month, marks a significant development in Tarleton State's skyrocketing academic and athletic growth. The team is set to compete as a proud member of the NCWA, while the TCWF passionately pursues its goal of raising the required $2,000,000. This ambitious fundraising initiative aims to

Nation­als Host Hotel Announced

| Jim Giunta

The host hotel for the 2024 National Collegiate Wrestling Championships will be the Shreveport Hilton Convention Center Hotel. To book housing with the Hilton or any other hotel housing national attendees please go to and click on "Event Host Hotels" in the top right corner to access housing options.

Online Coach­ing Course for Those Coach­ing Female Ath­letes — Free until 10/1/23

| Jim Giunta

Coaches, Wrestle Like A Girl and USA Wrestling have partnered together to create an online coaching course for those coaching female athletes. It is currently available for free to everyone until September 30th. You do not have to be a member of USA Wrestling to take this course, but you will need a USA Wrestling profile. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Go to
  2. If you already have an account, login. If you do not, create a free account profile.

Nation­al Duals Host­ed by The Uni­ver­si­ty of Northern Iowa

| Jim Giunta

The NCWA Board of Directors met on Monday Sept 5th and unanimously voted to attend the NWCA Multi-Divisional Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa with a required minimum of 8 teams.
This event will be shown on our schedules as the NCWA National Duals and will provide placing teams with points toward Grand National Championship honors
The event will be held on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa on January 5th & 6th of 2024.

The Teams having placed bids to attend the National Duals are:
Apprentice, Bellarmine, Central Florida, Liberty, Queens, Toledo, Utah Tech & Washington State.
The NCWA will be accepting bids through completed contracts expected in mid September.

Shreve­port-Bossier City Wins Nationals Bid


On behalf of the Board of Directors, the NCWA is delighted to announce that Shreveport-Bossier City, LA, has been selected as the host city for the 2024 National Collegiate Wrestling Championships.

Spearheading this endeavor, President and Chairman of the Board, Jim Giunta, collaborated closely with Executive Directors Steve Davis and Kayla Giasson, in conjunction with Sara Nelms from the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. Their combined efforts have culminated in a spectacular opportunity to bring college wrestling to Louisiana.

2023 Year in Review Notes for NCWA Programs

| Scott Farrell

As the NCWA leadership heads to Florida to plan the 2023-24 season, here's one last look on the accomplishments of the student-athletes and their programs from the 2022-23 season. There were 20 new NCWA programs competing in 2023, bringing the total to 336 schools with programs and/or clubs in the association’s 26-year history. Here's a select program-by-program look at the team finishes from the 2023 season.

Hills­dale Col­lege Adds Wrestling: A New Era of Athletic Excellence

| Jim Giunta

Hillsdale College, located in Hillsdale, Michigan, is set to embark on an exciting journey as it introduces wrestling as a competitive sport for the first time. The college, renowned for its commitment to academic excellence and a strong work ethic, has long recognized the benefits of wrestling, such as fostering character, discipline, and mental toughness. With the appointment of Head Coach Jeffery Rogers, the Hillsdale Chargers are ready to make their mark on the wrestling scene.

For the last few years, Hillsdale has offered wrestling as

Join the 2023 NCWA Vision Form and make a Difference

| Jim Giunta

This July, the NCWA Conference leadership, Coaches, and Officials from across the nation will gather in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the 2023 Vision Forum to discuss and promote their visions for enhancing and expanding wrestling at the college level. Since its inception in 1999, the Vision Forum and its involved coaches have been the driving force behind the remarkable success and growth of the NCWA.

This year, we will join hands with the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) to champion our sport and offer our leaders a chance to collaborate, network and establish meaningful connections. We urge all NCWA Coaches, Officials, and Leaders to participate and make their voices heard. As the most coach-centered governing body in the wrestling community, the NCWA values the input of coaches and considers the annual Vision Forum as one of the most effective platforms to develop comprehensive, wrestling-friendly rules, best practices, scheduling and a long-term direction for our sport. We are committed to engaging all coaches and administrators in shaping the future of the NCWA and the NWCA. Seize this opportunity to create a lasting impact. Register Here

Wash­ing­ton State Wrestling Moves to Varsity Club Status

| Gabrielle Bowman

WSU’s wrestling team made history this past week by moving up to Varsity Club status. The only other team to have done that at WSU has been the rowing team.

“The men’s rowing team has been the example of the model sports club team. For us to be mentioned at that level of varsity club status, it’s just an honor,” wrestling head coach Phil Burnett said.

This title has been long-running as the team has made significant triumphs regarding their growth in numbers, wins at competitions and All-American titles they have earned.

2023 Nationals Overall 4th Place Team
All the hard work and perseverance helped leaders legitimize what the WSU team is about

Chukar Wrestler Hon­ored by Board of Directors

| Corey Evan

Board lauds Avian Martinez as TVCC’s ‘first ever All-American wrestler

ONTARIO — One of only two wrestlers on the team according to the National Collegiate Wrestling Association website, Martinez maintained a record of 12-7 (63% winning average) on the mat this season, with seven of his wins being pins.

Avian Martinez, a Treasure Valley Community College freshman, is pictured with College President Dana Young, Dean of Career and Technical Education Ben Merrill, and members of Martinez’ family, parents Jose and Becky Martinez, and his sister Asia, joining in online during the Board of Trustees’ regular meeting on April 18. The board honored Martinez, a member of the college’s wrestling team, for his accomplishments during the 2022-23 season, including placing 8th out of 64 during the National Collegiate Wrestling Association national tournament in Puerto Rico in March.

NCAA Wrestling Rules Com­mit­tee Proposes Massive Changes

| Andy Hamilton - Flo Wrestling

College wrestling is on the verge of monumental change.

If NCAA rules committee proposals pass, three-point takedowns will be in, three-point near-falls will be back and a riding-time point without a turn will be a thing of the past.

Those were three of the headline-grabbers from a groundbreaking rules committee meeting this week at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.

The committee also recommended eliminating the hand-touch takedown, adjusting video review to allow for sequences to be reviewed rather than just singular moves, and counting the first medical forfeit of a tournament as a loss on a wrestler’s record, except in instances where a medical forfeit immediately follows an injury default.

“We needed to add excitement back to the sport without compromising the integrity of the sport — and I think we did that,” Rider coach and NCAA rules committee chair

Wash­ing­ton State Women Shine in Puerto Rico

| Gabrielle Bowman

WSU’s men’s and women’s wrestling teams traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico over spring break to compete in the National Collegiate Wrestling Championships where they brought back to the Palouse two women All-Americans.

The women’s team finished fourth overall, behind Big Bend by only five points. The most exciting win for the women’s team, however, was freshman Petra Bernsten and sophomore Julie Wilson becoming All-Americans.

Julie Wilson and Petra Bernsten as All-Americans 2023

Bernsten took third place and Wilson took second place. Wilson is now WSU’s very first National Tournament Finalist.

“What kept me going is thinking about all the effort and time that my coaches have put into me. It’s a huge accomplishment to be able to give it back to them,” Wilson said.

Being able to place at Nationals was a redemption for Bernsten’s high school years. “My high school coach recently passed and he was a big mentor to me so placing at nationals was really cool,” Bernsten said.

Head coach Phil Burnett said he has never had his wrestlers make it to the blood rounds which was another long list of firsts for the team.

Five men and four women became academic All-Americans and the women’s team won the National Championship for the academic award. Burnett said. It is safe to say the future looks very bright for the team.

“We have our entire female team back and the recruiting process is going extremely well. We have some really top-tier wrestlers coming into our program that have been accepted to WSU and have committed to come and further their education and their wrestling careers.”