Ncwa Championships Tourney Notes 2013

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2013 NATIONAL COLLEGE WRESTLING ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIPS Allen Event Center – Allen, Texas March 14-16, 2013 TOURNAMENT NOTES Media Contact: Scott Farrell, NCWA SID; 214-893-0344 (cell) OVERVIEW The NCWA is back home in Texas for its 16th annual National Championships, and already has its biggest tournament field in its history with more than 450 men and women from 90 teams and 27 states ready to compete for national titles. The venue for the three-day tournament is the Allen
    2013 NATIONAL COLLEGE WRESTLING ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIPS Allen Event Center – Allen, Texas    March 14-16, 2013    TOURNAMENT NOTES  Media Contact: Scott Farrell, NCWA; 214-893-0344 (cell)OVERVIEW The NCWA is back home in Texas for its 16 th annual National Championships, andalready has its biggest tournament field in its history with more than 450 men and   women from 90 teams and 27 states ready to compete for national titles.The venue for the three-day tournament is the Allen Event Center, one of the most   dynamic arenas in North Texas. The 6,275-seat arena hosts professional minor   league hockey, arena football and indoor soccer teams, and attracts top-flight   entertainment acts year-round.This is the eighth time for the Dallas area to host the NCWA Championships. Eight   different programs have won national titles in the NCWA’s 15 previous seasons,   and no team has repeated since Grand Valley State won three straight titles from2006-2008. PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS 1998 – Yale 2006 – Grand Valley State 1999 – Pensacola Christian 2007 – Grand Valley State 2000 – Pensacola Christian 2008 – Grand Valley State 2001 – Grand Valley State 2009 – The Apprentice Schools 2002 – Grand Valley State 2010 – Central Florida 2003 – Nevada 2011 – Div. I – California Baptist 2004 – Central Florida Div. II – Northwest Missouri State  2005 – Central Florida 2012 -- Div. I – Notre Dame CollegeDiv. II – Wichita State   HAVEN’T LOST YET . . . There are six wrestlers who enter the NCWA Championships undefeated on the season.   Sam Shames, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 125 lbs. – 26-0Brandon Paige, New Hampshire, 141 lbs. – 12-0William Hodges, Texas State, 149 lbs. – 7-0Alex Giampapa, Massachusetts, 197 lbs. – 9-0Travis Dickenson, Amherst, 235 lbs. – 9-0Dustin Fullerton, Lindenwood-Belleville, 235 lbs. – 9-0 ONE MORE TIME? There are nine wrestlers returning to the Championships with multiple All-Americanfinishes in previous seasons. The list: Three-time All-Americans 157 lbs. – Ryan Madson,Mass. Inst. of Technology (3 rd in 2012, 2 nd in 2011, 4 th in 2010)184 lbs. – Ben Brummel, South Carolina (7 th in 2012, 7 th in 2011, 2 nd in 2010)197 lbs. – Carl Worthy, Grand Valley State (7 th in 2012, 6 th in 2011, 6 th in 2010) Two-time All-Americans 125 lbs. – Sam Shames,Mass. Inst. of Technology (2 nd in 2012, 3 rd in 2011)133 lbs. – Brendan Murphy, McKendree (1 st in 2012; 3 rd in 2010)149 lbs. – Daniel Carr, Maryland-Baltimore County (8 th in 2012, 2 nd in 2011)197 lbs. – Charlie Farr, Mercer (5 th in 2012, 7 th in 2011)235 lbs. – Travis Dickenson, Amherst (4 th in2011, 3 rd in 2010)235 lbs. – Josh Woods, Central Florida (2 nd in 2012, 1 st in 2011) FORMER NCWA WRESTLERS KICKING IT AT NAVY, AIR FORCE   Matthew Miller rolled through the 184-pound bracket at last year’s NCWAChampionships to earn the Most Outstanding Award. He’s parlayed that success into agreat freshman season at the U.S. Naval Academy. Starting for the Midshipmen as afreshman, Miller has rolled to a 22-4 record and is currently ranked 13 th at 174 pounds inthe NCAA coaches’ poll. He is expected to receive a bid to the NCAA Championships onFriday.Miller is following the path of Cole VonOhlen, who earned the MOW at the 2009 NCWAChampionships. VonOhlen, a senior captain at the U.S. Air Force Academy, is rankedthird at 149 lbs. in the NCAA coaches’ poll. He has already received his fourthconsecutive bid to the NCAA Championships, where he is among the favorites to win the149-pound national title.The Air Force Academy Prep School has produced 11 All-Americans the past fourseasons. In addition to VonOhlen, seven others have gone on to wrestle with thenationally-ranked Falcons program.    MILITARY ACADEMY ALL-AMERICAN STREAKS Since joining the NCWA in 2008, the U.S. Naval Academy Prep School has had aremarkable string of having at least one national champion every year, and at sevendifferent weights. NAPS has earned NCWA titles at 133 (three times), 165, 174, 184(with last year’s MOW, Matthew Miller), and 197. This season, NAPS has nine wrestlersentered at eight different weights, and for the record, has four qualifiers at weights inwhich it has yet to win a title.NAPS has produced a whopping 24 All-Americans the past five years. Of its 18 All-Americans the past three seasons, 15 of them have gone on to wrestle for Navy’s varsityNCAA squad.The U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School has 11 All-Americans over the past fourseasons. Its six qualifiers hope to extend a streak in which the Falcons have earned atleast two All-Americans each year over that span. NEW CONFERENCE STRUCTURE FOR 2012-13 SEASON The explosive growth of the NCWA, which expanded for a 15 th consecutive year,mandated the creation of additional conferences for the 2012-13 season. The NCWAhad nine conferences this season after paring two of its former seven conferences intohalves. The NCWA Conferences for 2012-13, which encompass entire states, were: Great Lakes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Great Plains: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakotaand South Dakota. Mid-Atlantic: Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and WestVirginia. Mideast: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Northeast: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Northwest: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, along with BritishColumbia. Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi. Southwest: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. West Coast: Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah. WHAT’S IN A CONFERENCE? A member of the new Great Plains Conference has won each of the two previous NCWADivision II titles – Northwest Missouri State in 2011 and Wichita State in 2012. WayneState (Neb.) has seven qualifiers this year, which ties for the third-highest total amongDivision II teams.Fellow GPC member and 2013 champion Lindenwood-St. Charles is the pre-tournamentfavorite for this year’s Division I title.    DIVISIONAL ALIGNMENT All of the NCWA’s schools compete in the same Championships tournament, but it isscored into Division I and Division II components. Division I programs are those thateither operate under their school’s athletic department banner, or have met establishedcriteria within the NCWA’s guidance. Division II teams are more widely regarded as“clubs,” although they still stand alongside the NCWA’s scholarship programs. Here isthe divisional breakdown for 2012-13: DIVISION I PROGRAMS California BaptistCentral FloridaDouglas College (B.C.)East Tennessee StateGeorgia SouthernGrand Valley State ( Mich. )LibertyLindenwood-Belleville ( Ill. )Lindenwood-St. Charles ( Mo. )Marion Military Institute ( Ala. )Maryland-Baltimore CountyMcKendreeMercerMiddle Tennessee StateMott Community College ( Mich. )New HampshireNorth FloridaPenn College of TechnologyPenn State-DuBoisPenn State-Greater AlleghenyPenn State-Mont AltoPenn State-New KensingtonSouthern VirginiaThe Apprentice School ( Va. )U.S. Air Force Academy Prep SchoolU.S. Military Academy Prep SchoolU.S. Naval Academy Prep SchoolWest ChesterWichita StateWilliamson Sch. of Mech. Trades (Pa. ) DIVISION II TEAMS AlabamaAmherstBowling GreenBridgewater College ( Va. )Central WashingtonCincinnatiConnecticutDaytonEast CarolinaEastern WashingtonEvergreen State College (Wash. )FloridaFlorida A&MFlorida Gulf CoastGeorgiaIllinois StateLafayetteMassachusettsMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyMichiganMontana WesternNorthwest Missouri StateNorth DakotaNortheasternPittsburghRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteSacramento StateSaginaw Valley State (Mich.)Sam Houston StateSan Jose StateSlippery Rock (Penn.)South CarolinaSouth FloridaSouthern CaliforniaStony BrookTallahassee Community College (Fla.)Tennessee TempleTexasTexas A&MTexas StateTexas-ArlingtonTexas-Pan AmericanToledoWayne State (Neb.)Western WashingtonWilliam and Mary
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