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The Fourth Is A First — Jeff Allen Wins His­toric Fourth Men’s National Title

| Scott Farrell

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Jeff Allen of Liberty became the most decorated men's wrestler in association history Saturday when he won the 235-pound bracket at the NCWA Championships. Allen defeated Zeke Alleman of Utah Tech, 5-4, for his fourth consecutive national title – he is the first male wrestler in NCWA history to win four.

Ottawa Ari­zona Earns First Wom­en’s Title With Four National Champions

| Scott Farrell

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Ottawa Arizona already had command of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships heading into Saturday’s finals matches. The Spirit then cemented their first NCWA title with individual titles in the first three weight classes to pace a 120-point effort.

Bel­larmine Blasts Into First; Lib­er­ty Hopes Its Depth Can Catch Up

| Scott Farrell

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Bellarmine surged into the lead at the 26th annual National Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships by advancing a tournament-high five wrestlers into the finals with another three still alive in the placing rounds. Bellarmine has 156.5 team points and an 11.5-point cushion over four-time champion Liberty.

Break­ing Down Thurs­day’s Results By Weight Class

| Scott Farrell

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Liberty leads the NCWA Championships after the first day, ahead of Apprentice and Grand Valley State at the moment and with the depth of 18 wrestlers still competing in 10 different brackets.

But the day also provided plenty of highlights for other individuals and programs who look to surge up to the medal stand Saturday. Many questions remain. Here is a look at the day’s results broken down by weight class.

Lib­er­ty Leads After First Day As Jef­frey Allen Eyes a Fourth Title

| Scott Farrell

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Liberty began pursuit of its record fifth consecutive NCWA title in a big way Thursday with a battery of 18 wrestlers that still have a dozen alive in the championship brackets. Already with a cushion over second-place Apprentice and with three more wrestlers in the quarterfinals than the Builders, the title could be the Flames’ to lose.

NCWA Cham­pi­onships Open in Puerto Rico

| Scott Farrell

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The 26th annual National Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships are set to begin Thursday at the Puerto Rico Convention Center with more than 100 teams ready to compete for national titles. The tournament is an exciting venture for the association as it brings collegiate wrestling into Puerto Rico for the first time.

2023 NCWA Nationals Brackets Released

| Bryan Knepper

The 9 NCWA Conference Tournaments are over and with it comes the anticipation of the National Tournament Bracket.

The brackets have been released and can be viewed in there entirety online on FloArena!

The Men will start the Championships on Thursday, March 9th. #1 seeds for the Men's tournament are:

125 - Jack Parker (Fr, Bellarmine) 24-13
133 - Dillon Messick (Sr, Apprentice) 27-8
141 - Parker Watson (Sr, Ohio State WC) 10-0
149 - Zac Cowan (So, Bellarmine) 24-8
157 - Ian McIlhenny (Sr, Liberty) 10-7 RETURNING NATIONAL CHAMP

165 - Cole Nance (So, Bellarmine) 27-12
174 - Devan Hendricks (Sr, Bellarmine) 21-4
184 - Michael Jackson (Jr, Allen) 27-4
197 - Josiah Murphy (Sr, Liberty) 12-1 RETURNING NATIONAL CHAMP
235 - Jeffrey Allen (Sr, Liberty) 25-2 3x DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMP
285 - Frederick Weaver (Sr, Liberty) 18-1 2X DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMP

Note that two other National Champions are in the brackets with the 2022 141-lb Champion, Thomas McCane (now with Central Florida and the #10 seed at 149) and the 2022 174-lb NJCAA Champion, Josh Kenny (previously of Muskegon CC) as the #2 seed at 174.

The Women start competition on Friday, March 10th. #1 Seeds for the Women's tournament are:

101 - Jasmine Cortez (Fr, Texas State) 7-0
109 - Hermelinda Mendoza (Jr, Ottawa-Arizona) 17-1 2022 NATIONAL CHAMP at 101

116 - LyQualah Kinsey (So, Ottawa-Arizona) 18-5
123 - Lauren Stone (Jr, Florida) 3-2 2022 NATIONAL CHAMP

130 - Viveca Pannell (So, MIT) 16-7
136 - Julie Wilson (So, Washington State) 10-7
143 - Anastasia Fucci (Fr, Colorado State) 16-0
155 - Leilani Frazier (Fr, Santa Rosa JC) 2-1
170 - Maile Ka'ahanui (Jr, Liberty) 4-5
191 - Ranaeh Ureste (So, Grays Harbor College) 18-6
235 - Katie Moore (Jr, Stony Brook) 2022 NATIONAL CHAMP

NCWA Staff, Personnel, and Teams are starting to arrive in Puerto Rico as we speak! See everyone at the tournament!

Spring­field Tech Wins 6th Conference Title

| Jim Danko

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.Springfield Technical Community College’s wrestling team continued its winning streak, capturing the sixth consecutive conference title on Feb. 25.STCC won first place at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Northeast Conference Championship (NEC). Shawn Conniff was voted Outstanding Wrestler of the NEC championship. He and six other STCC wrestlers were crowned conference champions for their weight classes.

Seventeen STCC wrestlers will compete March 9-11 at the 2023 NCWA National Championship in Puerto Rico. "It feels amazing that STCC has won the conference for

Appren­tice School’s Dil­lon Mes­sick Wins Mid-Atlantic Conference MOW

| Apprentice SID

LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Apprentice School wrestling team finished in second place at the NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships once again Saturday, crowning three individual champions in the process. Host Liberty University claimed the team title with 229 points, followed by the Builders with 187.5. Third was Allen University and fourth was Virginia Tech Wrestling Club with 123.5 and 110 points, respectively.

On the day, 16 Builders placing top six received automatic qualifying bids to the NCWA National Championships in

Bel­larmine Crowns Sev­en Cham­pi­ons at GLC Championships

| Jack Kizer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Bellarmine wrestling traveled to Toledo, Ohio for the NCWA Great Lakes Conference Championships on Saturday, and the Knights crowned seven champions.
Bellarmine's Jack Parker (125), Zac Cowan (149), Alex Rivera (157), Cole Nance (165), Devan Hendricks (174), Kennedy Wyatt (184), and Thadd Huff (285) all claimed first place in their respective weight classes.
The Knights placed second out of nine teams with 128 points on the day, only trailing Grand Valley State who scored 144.5.
"The guys had a lot of fun today with scoring a lot of points in their matches and bonus points for the team," Knights Head Coach Ned Shuck said.

Final Wom­en’s Rank­ings Give Ottawa Dis­tinct Edge over Grays Har­bor Leading into Championships

| Bryan Knepper

The final NCWA Women's Rankings before next weekend's Conference tournaments show Ottawa University - Arizona distancing themselves from the pack including arch-rival Grays Harbor College (Washington). Perhaps the biggest surprise (outside of Surprise, AZ) is the mighty women of M.I.T. who at 3 strong come in at 3rd in the rankings! The top-10 teams in the Women's Division are as follows:

1. Ottawa University - Arizona (Surprise, AZ) - 57
2. Grays Harbor College (Aberdeen, WA) - 46
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) - 23
4. Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, AZ) - 22
5. Washington State University (Pullman, WA) - 19
6. Big Bend CC (Moses Lake, WA) - 15
7. Texas State University (San Marcos, TX) - 13
8. Colorado State University (Ft. Collins, CO) - 11
8. Northeastern University (Boston, MA) - 11
10. Fresno State University (Fresno, CA) - 10

The individual rankings are spread out among teams with only M.I.T. having more than one #1 ranking:

101 - Jasmine Cortez - Fr - Texas State - 4-0
109 - Hermelinda Mendoza - Jr - Ottawa-Arizona - 14-1
116 - Mercaydeez Scott - Jr - Ferris State
123 - Lauren Stone - Jr - Florida
130 - Viveca Pannell - So - M.I.T. - 16-7
136 - Samantha Tuttle - Jr - Grand Canyon - 8-5
143 - Anastacia Fucci - Fr - Colorado State - 14-0
155 - Maggie Palmore - Jr - Tampa
170 - Maile Ka-ahanui - Jr - Liberty - 2-0
191 - Sarah Sams - Jr - M.I.T. - 3-2
235 - Katie Moore - Jr - Stony Brook

For a full list of top-8 rankings for all 11 NCWA weight classes click READ MORE.

Last Rank­ings before Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onships for Men Released

| Bryan Knepper

One thing has become clear since the NCWA National Duals...Bellarmine is for real. Not only are they for real in the NCWA Division with a shot at a National Title in March, but they are a legitimate contender in their NCAA Southern Conference as well compiling an overall dual record of 10-2, with their only NCAA-D1 losses coming to Appalachian State and Gardner-Webb. What isn't clear is which team will leave Puerto Rico with the National Championship title. The current rankings have Liberty still at #1 with 78 points; however, Bellarmine has closed the gap considerably at #2 with 75 points. The top-10 NCWA-D1 are as follows:

#1 Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA) - 78
#2 Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY) - 75 [NCAA-D1]
#3 The Apprentice School (Newport News, VA) - 61
#4 University of Toledo (Toledo, OH) - 42
#5 Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI) - 39
#6 Queens University of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC) - 29 [NCAA-D1]
#7 Springfield Tech CC (Springfield, MA) - 26
#8 University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL) - 21
#9 Allen University (Allen, SC) - 14 [NCAA-D2]
#10 Grays Harbor College (Aberdeen, WA) - 13

Leading NCWA-D2 are some of the mainstays:

#1 Ohio State WC - 25
#2 Penn State WC - 21
#3 Slippery Rock - 11
#4 Rutgers WC - 10
#5 Fresno State WC / South Carolina / Virginia Tech WC - 9

Bellarmine and Liberty dominate the #1 spots for the men:

125 - Jack Parker - So - Bellarmine - 21-10
133 - Michael Schiffhauer - Fr - Bellarmine - 20-4
141 - Melvin Rubio - Gr - Queens - 11-10
149 - Zach Blevins - Gr - Toledo - 6-1
157 - Grant O'Dell - Fr - Bellarmine - 8-3
165 - Cole Nance - So - Bellarmine - 22-11
174 - Luke Lardarello - Jr - Penn State-Mont Alto - 10-5
184 - Ben Liss - Jr - Rutgers WC - 17-2
197 - Josiah Murphy - Sr - Liberty - 9-1
235 - Jeff Allen - Sr - Liberty - 22-2
285 - Fredrick Weaver - Jr - Liberty - 23-3

For a full list of top-25 rankings for all 11 NCWA weight classes click READ MORE.

NCWA Nation­al Qualifying Bids Announced

| Bryan Knepper

The NCWA had significant growth this season, both in the men's and women's divisions. The men's numbers have returned to pre-pandemic levels and added a 9th conference: the Puerto Rico Conference; while the Women's division continues to grow in popularity. As such, the NCWA Tournament Committee has released an increase in National Qualifying bids to account for the growth.

Spring­field Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Wins 2023 Eastern Regional Duals

| Team SID

It was a tough 20 hour journey for the STCC team. Leaving at 3am on Friday morning from MA and arriving at 11pm Friday night. "Delay after delay at Chicago O'Hare airport left us wondering if we were going to actually make it to the event. We did not have any time to get a practice in so we had to rely on jumping rope and taking jogs through the airport in order to maintain our weight. Thanks to JMU Coach Colin Steele once we arrived he had the wrestling arena open for us to check our weight. He was a great host. The next morning we weighed in and wrestled some tough teams. STCC traveled to Virginia with 7 national qualifiers 4 of whom were all-Americans." ~ Alberto Nieves (STCC Head Coach)

The team was led by 125 two time all-American Dylan Beddow who went undefeated in the duals with a 4-0 record. All-American Michael Gonzalez at 133 went 3-1 with two hard fought overtime matches while #3 Ranked freshman Kalil Shabazz chalked up a 4-0 record for the duals over the weekend. At 149 Joe Podolak a 2022 National qualifier also went 4-0 for the Pride and freshman 157lb. James Lunt recorded a 3-1 tournament record. Mitchell Aarons the 165lb freshmen went 1-3 and 174, Ricardo Magny 3x National qualifier dropped a weight from 184 to record 3-0 undefeated weekend. 184lb Stephano Magny went 3-1 after dropping weight from 197 and scored key wins for the team. At 197 Johnny Andre, National qualifier went 3-1 and at 235lb. Shawn Conniff finished the tournament undefeated at 4-0. #4 ranked heavyweight Jacob Gariepy closed out the STCC streak with 4 wins against no losses.
STCC will look forward to hosting the first NCWA Massachusetts State Championship at home on Feb 5th. with MIT, UMASS and Northeastern University in attendance.

Wash­ing­ton State Wins Western Regional Duals

| Phil Burnett

Washington State University Men’s Team earned first place at the Western Regional Duals in Surprise, Arizona. WSU had a total of 5 wins and 0 losses at the Duals in head-to-head wins of 60-6 over Colorado State, 46-12 over Texas A&M and 49-12 over host team Ottawa University to win their pool of 4 teams on day one of competition.

Day two saw a tough battle between WSU and Wayne’s State College with the Cougers prevailing 39-21 securing them a spot in the final match against North West Conference rival Grays Harbor. WSU pulled an upset of the number one seeded Grays Harbor team with an overwhelming 39-18 win to end the 2-day event with WSU’s first ever Western Regional Championship. The WSU Cougar wrestlers were led by numerous undefeated .....

Appren­tice Crowns Sev­en Cham­pi­ons at Builder Invitational

| Apprentice SID

VIRGINIA BEACH - The Apprentice School hosted its first Builder Invitational since January 2020 Sunday, winning the team title with a total of 206 points. Seven Builders claimed gold, winning their respective weight classes. Surging NCWA rivals Toledo was second with 106 points, followed by the inaugural squad from NCAA Division III Marymount University with 85. The 125 pound bracket was nearly......

Puer­to Rico Nation­al Championship Venue Upgraded


The Roberto Clemente Coliseum became unavailable due to unexpected repairs and determined unusable for the 2023 National Collegiate Wrestling Championships. Discover Puerto Rico's Carlos Deliz and promoter Jerry Orsini have joined forces to make the Puerto Rico Convention Center available as the new and improved venue for this year's event.

Puerto Rico Convention Center

The move to this state-of-the-art Convention Center also places the venue and host hotels in the upscale T-Mobile District, eliminating the need for buses to transport athletes and coaches. Guests of the hotels can now walk the five minutes to the Convention Center. For more information on the 2023 National Collegiate Wrestling Championships, please visit

Bel­larmine Uni­ver­si­ty Claims NCWA National Duals Title

| Jack Kizer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In its second day of competition at the Louisville
Exposition Center, the Bellarmine wrestling team earned first place in the
NCWA Division at the NWCA / US Marine Corp National Duals.

The Knights won all six duals they competed in over the past two days to claim the title. Each dual featured 11 bouts, including a 235 match, which is unique to the NCWA division. Seven Bellarmine wrestlers went 6-0 to help propel the Knights to the tournament win.

Friday – Pool B Results
-Bellarmine 42 – Queens 9
-Bellarmine 58 – Emory & Henry 6
-Bellarmine 46 – Apprentice School 6

Saturday – Tournament
-Bellarmine 48 – Central Florida 6
-Bellarmine 35 – Queens 12
-Bellarmine 29 – Liberty 21

"I love how our team continued to grow together as the tournament progressed," Knights Head Coach Ned Shuck said. "A dual meet atmosphere is really special and we

Top-seed­ed Lib­er­ty falls to Bel­larmine in NCWA National Duals final

| Ted Allen

Four-time-defending NCWA National Duals tournament champion Liberty University’s men’s wrestling team came up just short in its bid for a fifth consecutive crown, Saturday at the Kentucky Convention Center.

More than 1,600 men’s and women’s wrestlers converged in Louisville, Ky., for the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) multi-divisional dual meet national tournament, divided into NCAA DII and DIII as well as NAIA and NCWA classifications.

After rallying from a 21-9 deficit to edge Mid-Atlantic Conference foe Apprentice School, 25-24, in the semifinals, the Flames bowed to Bellarmine University, which is