NCWA News

Wrestler Trains to Follow Mom's Path to Olympic Judo Team

Posted on August 30, 2018

For someone who got a relatively late start in wrestling, senior Harun Bogdanic took to it quickly and excelled. During the past three years, Bogdanic helped lead Grand Valley’s wrestling team to consistent top finishes at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association championships, won two NCWA Great Lakes Conference individual titles and was named to the association’s All-American list three times. Bogdanic, who is majoring in ...


Dominic Vasquez - Go-Greco National Champion and Tournament MOW

Posted on July 09, 2018

Dominic Vasquez entered his Freshman year in college as just a student.  He ended his Freshman year as a National Greco-Roman champion and Most-Outstanding Wrestler of the 2nd annual NCWA Go-Greco Nationals at Richland College (TX).


Former NCWA Champion Geordan Speiller Qualifies for U.S. Greco-Roman World Team

Posted on June 24, 2018

Georgan Speiller, a former NCWA champion at Central Florida and now wrestling with the Florida Jets Wrestling Club, qualified for the 2018 U.S. Greco-Roman World Team over the weekend by winning the 82 kg weight class at the World Team Trials in Tulsa, Okla.

Speiller defeated two-time World Team member Cheney Haight in consecutive matches in the best-of-three finals format, 7-2 in the first match, then with an 8-0 tech in the second match. Speiller will wrestle with the U.S. team in October at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. It is Speiller’s first World Championships at the Senior level after representing the U.S. at two Junior World Championships in 2012 and 2013.


Four Titles Earn North Texas GoGreco Championship Repeat

Posted on June 10, 2018

DALLAS – North Texas wrestlers won four weight classes and posted runner-up finishes in three others to retain its national title at the NCWA's GoGreco National Championships on Saturday. The Eagles, with the tournament's deepest lineup, scored 65 points to outdistance second-place Richland College's 37 points. UNT topped Richland for the 2017 title as well.


Big Bend to return men's wrestling, introduce women's program

Posted on June 07, 2018

MOSES LAKE- Last time Big Bend had a wrestling program was the 1994-1995 school year. After a 23-year hiatus, Big Bend will return its men’s wrestling program as part of the NCWA and introduce a women’s wrestling program in the WCWA. Big Bend released the news late last week.

Wrestling has been a big deal in


GoGreco Nationals Promises To Boost Collegiate Development

Posted on May 21, 2018

The first step involves a “learning as you go” approach, hence the 2018 NCWA’s GoGreco national tournament and the handful of events that preceded it (the NCWA sanctioned three other tournaments that have already taken place this spring). If it seems a little backwards — wrestlers gaining the brunt of their Greco experience in actual matches rather than through a series of camps — that’s because it is. But if you look, that’s no different than


NCWA Honors 147 Student-Athletes on All-Academic Team

Posted on May 07, 2018

DALLAS - The National Collegiate Wrestling Association announced its All-Academic members for the 2017-18 competition year honoring 147 student-athletes from its men's and women's divisions.

Brigham Young led all schools with eight honorees. The Cougars also won the top spot in the NCWA's All-Academic Team awards announced last month (see related story). Central Florida, second in the team academic listings, tied with Maine for second with six individual honorees. The Apprentice School and Liberty had five honorees each, while the teams at Yale, Utah State, Wayne State College, Florida, Rutgers, Emmanuel College and Clemson each earned four spots on the All-Academic individual list.


NCWA Recognizes 10 Programs as All-Academic Teams

Posted on April 24, 2018

DALLAS – The National Collegiate Wrestling Association has awarded 10 of its Division I programs as All-Academic Teams for the 2017-18 season. The 10 programs honored have the highest composite grade-point averages among the association’s 34 Division I members. Six of the NCWA’s nine conferences had representation on the All-Academic Team, including three from the Mid-Atlantic Conference. The 10 members of the 2017-18 NCWA All-Academic Team are: 


NCWA Leadership Returns to Florida for Annual Vision Forum

Posted on April 20, 2018

DALLAS, TX.  - The National Collegiate Wrestling Association will again welcome it’s coaches and staff members to the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort for its annual Vision Forum Conference. NCWA representatives including conference chairman and commissioners from the nine NCWA Regions will discuss multiple segments of the upcoming season and future seasons over the three days of meetings and legislation slated for August 2nd through August 5th. The Vision Forum is held in conjunction with the annual National Wrestling Coaches Convention. Coaches may choose to attended both the vision forum and leadership seminars, briefings and social events with the rest of the nation’s NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA coaches. REGISTER HERE


Toledo Earns Two Finalists, First National Champ since 2008

Posted on March 21, 2018

The NCAA-D1 Wrestling Championships just wrapped up this past weekend at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.  Penn State won their 7th National Championship in the last 8 years besting The Ohio State by single digits for the crown.  The crowds were huge, the matches were hyped and lived up to expectations, but there was a lesser known tournament that proceeded it the weekend before at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas…home of the D1 Most Outstanding Wrestler, Bo Nickal.


Ithaca's Van Valen Wins National Title for Alfred State

Posted on March 19, 2018

Ithaca High School graduate Ian Van Valen finished his wrestling career at Alfred State last week with a national title at 184 pounds at the NCWA Championships in Allen, Texas.

Van Valen finished the tournament with a 5-0 record, outscored his opponents 74-2 and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament for his dominating performance. 


2018 National Championship Photographs

Posted on March 17, 2018

The NCWA had a few photographers on the floor taking photos of the athletes during the National Championships. You can see...


Maine woman claims her fourth collegiate wrestling title

Posted on March 17, 2018

For three years the background image on Samantha Frank’s phone has been a photo taken moments after she won her first women’s collegiate wrestling national championship as a freshman.

“I had upset the two-time defending champ. She was on the ground with her hands over her head and I was jumping in the air with


Ripley, Merrifield, Fonger secure All-American mat status

Posted on March 16, 2018

ALLEN, TEXAS — Three former Midcoast high school wrestlers — who now shine on the collegiate level —  experienced stellar success on the mats at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) women's national championships on Thursday, March 8 at the Allen Event Center. The talented trio — Husson University’s Shannon


Liberty Win at 235 lbs. Clinches NCWA Championships Sweep

Posted on March 10, 2018

ALLEN, Texas—Liberty and Apprentice exchanged the team points lead three times over two days before the Flames clinched the National Collegiate Wrestling Association championship by the smallest of margins on Saturday at the Allen Event Center.


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