Campbellsville women steal the show at Multi-Divisional National Duals; St. Cloud State, Grand View Clackamas repeat; Augsburg stops rival Wartburg
Fort Wayne, Indiana — While Thursday’s competition at the NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals was fueled by upsets, traditional powers settled in on Friday where three championship streaks continued as the finals wrapped up at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. First-time winner Campbellsville, however, stole the show with its championship in the women’s division.
Grand View collected its seventh straight NAIA National Duals championship, Clackamas won its fifth in a row in the NJCAA division, while St. Cloud State won its second straight title in Division II. Augsburg beat rival Wartburg to end the Knights’ seven-year win streak in Division III.
Hosted by the NUWAY, the NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals is presented by Applied Silver, InBody, Theraworx and the United States Marine Corps.
Award Photos by Laken Detweiler, action photos by Tim Tushla.
The Lady Tigers of Campbellsville are the new queens of the National Duals. A down-to-the-wire finish gave coach Lee Miracle’s team the school’s first National Duals championship in any division with a 24-19 win over second-seeded McKendree.
It was truly a tale of two halves as McKendree jumped out to a 17-4 lead after winning the first five matches. The WCWA competes using international freestyle rules, allowing teams to score team points in a loss. Some lineup shifts by Campbellsville saw several wrestlers bump up two weights to maximize matchups including Grace Bullen, who went up to 143 from 130, and three-time WCWA champion Kayla Miracle, who went up to 155 from 136. Koral Sugiyama started Campbellsville’s roll of five straight wins with a fall over Brenda Reyna at 2:35 at 136.
Bullen and Miracle followed with fa fall and a technical fall. Bullen pinned McKendree’s Alexis Porter in a matchup of past Junior world bronze medalists. Miracle’s tech gave Campbellsville its first lead at 18-17 with two weights left.
Campbellsville’s Mariah Harris scored a 9-9 criteria over All-American Brandy Lowe at 170, putting the pressure on 191-pounders Kaitlyn Hill of Campbellsville and Destane Garrick of McKendree. Needed a shutout, a technical fall or a fall to win the dual for her team Garrick controlled the action early, but Hill hit a pair of four-point moves to pull out a 13-13 criteria victory and seal the win for Campbellsville.
Emmanuel finished third, defeating Wayland Baptist 23-21. King, which had won the previous four National Duals titles, finished fifth, beating Life 31-15. Oklahoma City, which is a five-time champion of the event, beat Grays Harbor 26-20 for seventh.
St. Cloud State abruptly ended Seton Hill’s Cinderella run through the Division II bracket, smoking the Griffins 41-0 in the Division II final. The victory gave coach Steve Costanzo and the Huskies its 19th dual meet victory in a row and the program’s fourth Division II National Duals title. They also won titles in 2012 and 2013.
At 125 pounds, 2016 national champion Brett Velasquez stuffed any hopes of some early Seton Hill momentum by topping All-American Alan Diltz 5-4. Velasquez scored a third-period reversal for the decisive points. St. Cloud State’s hammers pulled their weight accordingly. Nationally ranked Jarred Oftedahl (141), Larry Bomstad (157), Vince Dietz (197) and Lawrence Phillips (285) were solid, with Bomstadt, Dietz and Phillips earning bonus points.
Seton Hill’s day ended in disappointment after a back-and-forth semifinal which saw the Griffins top conference rival Gannon in the semifinals 19-18 on criteria. St. Cloud State, the only seeded team to place in the top four, finished the event 34-6 individually.
Nebraska-Kearney, which fell 21-12 in the semifinals to St. Cloud State, topped Gannon 34-12 for third, while Notre Dame College beat Central Oklahoma 19-12 for fifth and Upper Iowa beat CSU-Pueblo 26-15 for seventh.
Wartburg’s seven-year run atop the National Duals in Division III came to an end at the hands of longtime rival Augsburg. The Auggies split 10 matches with the Knights, but falls by David Flynn at 141 pounds and Lucas Jeske at 165 pounds were vital in the 21-17 victory.
It was the 11th time the two teams have met in the Division III National Duals finals and the win on Friday gave Augsburg a 6-5 lead in the overall series when the teams meet in the championship final. Wartburg has 11 titles in the event, compared to the six won by Augsburg. Wartburg has reached the title match in all 17 years of the Multi-Divisional format.
Augsburg opened winning the first three bouts, highlighted by Flynn’s fall over Martine Sandoval. Wartburg would chip away at the lead after wins by All-Americans Cross Cannone and Logan Thomsen before top-ranked Jeske picked up a fall late in the second period to put Augsburg handily in the lead. Sebastian Larson’s 6-4 win at 184 pounds clinched the win for coach Jim Moulsoff’s Auggies, who had to get past a scrappy Johnson & Wales team just to make the final.
Augsburg and Wartburg will reacquaint themselves in the annual Battle of the Burgs dual on February 1 in Waverly, Iowa.
Ithaca beat Johnson & Wales 22-11 for third place, while Baldwin Wallace topped Coe 22-17 for fifth and UW-Whitewater beat Olivet 30-6 for seventh. Ithaca’s third-place finish was its best in school history.
Grand View won its seventh straight NAIA National Duals title on Friday, defeating sixth-seeded Williams Baptist 33-9. The seventh title in a row ties Wartburg’s all-division record that ended on Friday.
Williams Baptist briefly held a 6-3 lead after Nick Souder’s pin over Omeed Chamanzad at 133 pounds, but Grand View would win seven of the next eight bouts, including national champion Josh Wenger’s 7-2 win over All-American Tyler Fraley at 149 pounds. Fellow national champions Grant Henderson (165) and Evan Hansen (197) scored bonus victories before Dean Broghammer avenged last year’s NAIA semifinal loss to Williams Baptist’s Demetrius Thomas with a 3-2 decision at 285 pounds, sparked by Broghammer’s takedown late in the second period.
Grand View’s dual meet streak has been impressive. The Vikings have won 60 straight duals and 89 of 90 duals overall since the start of the 2011-12 season. The lone blemish was a loss on November 7, 2013 at Division I Iowa State. Now in the program’s 10th season, Grand View has lost just nine duals in school history.
Life earned its best finish in school history with a 27-6 win over Missouri Valley to earn third place. University of the Cumberlands topped Indiana Tech 44-3 for fifth while Embry-Riddle beat Campbellsville 22-15.
Clackamas stopped Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 27-14 to earn the Cougars’ fifth straight NJCAA championship. It’s the third straight year Clackamas has defeated NEO in the junior college final.
The key for Josh Rhoden’s squad came with four straight wins between 149 and 174 pounds.
At 165, Clackamas’ Dayton Racer beat NEO’s Wyatt Jordan 10-4 in a matchup of returning national champions. Racer, last year’s champ at 157, trailed early and with the score tied at four with just over 30 seconds left, Racer scored a takedown and four nearfall points to pick up the victory.
Clackamas’ top-ranked Dylan Reel needed overtime to get past Devin Crawl at 174 pounds, while Gage Harrah is sure to break into the NJCAA rankings after his 48-second fall over Gus Boyd at 197 pounds.
The title is Clackamas’ sixth overall. The Cougars previous won the NJCAA National Duals title in 2011.
Western Wyoming beat Iowa Western 23-19 for third, while first-year Barton Community College finished fifth by defeating Harper 34-12. Nassau finished seventh, beating Lincoln 24-18.
NWCA MULTI-DIVISIONAL NATIONAL DUALS
presented by Applied Silver, InBody, Theraworx & The Marines
ALLEN COUNTY WAR MEMORIAL COLISEUM
FORT WAYNE, IND.
DIVISION II FINAL
#1 ST. CLOUD STATE 41, SETON HILL 0
125 – Brett Velasquez (St. Cloud State) over Alan Diltz (Seton Hill) Dec 5-4
133 – Adam Hedin (St. Cloud State) over rodney sunday (Seton Hill) Fall 4:19
141 – Jarred Oftedahl (St. Cloud State) over Joel Cawoski (Seton Hill) Dec 8-2
149 – Jake Barzowski (St. Cloud State) over Zach Recklein (Seton Hill) Dec 5-4
157 – Larry Bomstad (St. Cloud State) over Austin Shaw (Seton Hill) Maj 10-1
165 – Travis Holt (St. Cloud State) over Zach Voytek (Seton Hill) Dec 6-2
174 – Kolton Eischens (St. Cloud State) over Damon Greenwald (Seton Hill) Dec 8-6
184 – Brady Nelson (St. Cloud State) over Zach Mattucci (Seton Hill) Fall 2:05
197 – Vince Dietz (St. Cloud State) over Jake Temple (Seton Hill) Maj 11-1
285 – Lawrence Phillips (St. Cloud State) over Jody Crouse (Seton Hill) Fall 0:51
DIVISION III FINAL
#2 AUGSBURG 21, #1 WARTBURG 17
125 – Victor Gliva (Augsburg) over Brennen Doebel (Wartburg) Dec 11-8
133 – Sam Bennyhoff (Augsburg) over Brock Rathbun (Wartburg) Dec 7-5
141 – David Flynn (Augsburg) over Martine Sandoval (Wartburg) Fall 6:56
149 – Cross Cannone (Wartburg) over Alex Wilson (Augsburg) Dec 9-2
157 – Logan Thomsen (Wartburg) over Ryan Epps (Augsburg) Dec 7-4
165 – Lucas Jeske (Augsburg) over Derek Lee Loy (Wartburg) Fall 4:56
174 – Eric Devos (Wartburg) over Tanner Vassar (Augsburg) Dec 11-5
184 – Sebastian Larson (Augsburg) over Kyle Briggs (Wartburg) Dec 6-4
197 – Kyle Fank (Wartburg) over Jonathan Zarnke (Augsburg) TF 18-1
285 – Bowen Wileman (Wartburg) over Ethan Hofacker (Augsburg) Maj 11-0
Wartburg’s team score was adjusted by -1.000 for unsportsman like conduct
#1 GRAND VIEW 33, #6 WILLIAMS BAPTIST 9
125 – Matthew Nguyen (Grand View) over Khaleel Johnson (Williams Baptist) Dec 14-7
133 – Nick Souder (Williams Baptist) over Omeed Chamanzad (Grand View) Fall 6:55
141 – Grayson Brenna (Grand View) over Jaitlan Pitts (Williams Baptist) Fall 1:26
149 – Josh Wenger (Grand View) over Tyler Fraley (Williams Baptist) Dec 7-2
157 – Nicholas Drendel (Williams Baptist) over Mason Miller (Grand View) Dec 4-2
165 – Grant Henderson (Grand View) over Jonathan Stewart (Williams Baptist) TF 16-1
174 – Dylan Blackford (Grand View) over Keion McVay (Williams Baptist) Maj 8-0
184 – Artie Bess (Grand View) over Josh Chiles (Williams Baptist) Dec 5-3
197 – Evan Hansen (Grand View) over Tyler Giorgini (Williams Baptist) Fall 3:53
285 – Dean Broghammer (Grand View) over Demetrius Thomas (Williams Baptist) Dec 3-2
#1 CLACKAMAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 27, #2 NORTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA A&M 14
125 – DeVaughn Sapien (Clackamas) over Boo Dryden (NEO) SV-1 10-8
133 – Elijah Ozuna (Clackamas) over Cooper Secker (NEO) Maj 11-2
141 – Cody Karstetter (NEO) over Ralph Tovar (Clackamas) Dec 5-3
149 – Jasiah Williams (Clackamas) over Kendon Lee (NEO) Dec 8-7
157 – Isaiah Diggs (Clackamas) over Zeke Rubio (NEO) TF 25-10
165 – Dayton Racer (Clackamas) over Wyatt Jordan (NEO) Dec 10-4
174 – Dylan Reel (Clackamas) over Devin Crawl (NEO) SV-1 11-9
184 – Alex Kauffman (NEO) over Nick Maximov (Clackamas) Fall 1:27
197 – Gage Harrah (Clackamas) over Gus Boyd (NEO) Fall 0:48
285 – Brian Andrews (NEO) over Darryl Aiello (Clackamas) TF 17-0
#1 CAMPBELLSVILLE 24, #2 MCKENDREE 19
101 – Genae Sampract (McKendree) over Mckenzie Bacich (Campbellsville) Dec 10-6
109 – Vanessa Ramirez (McKendree) over McKayla Campbell (Campbellsville) Fall 2:38
116 – Tayler Resuriz (McKendree) over Charlotte Fowler (Campbellsville) Dec 2-1
123 – Gabrielle Weyhrich (McKendree) over Steffanie Hampton (Campbellsville) Dec 10-5
130 – Megan Black (McKendree) over Shelby Hall (Campbellsville) Dec 9-4
136 – Koral Sugiyama (Campbellsville) over Brenda Reyna (McKendree) Fall 2:35
143 – Grace Bullen (Campbellsville) over Alexis Porter (McKendree) Fall 2:06
155 – Kayla Miracle (Campbellsville) over Andrea Sennett (McKendree) TF 10-0
170 – Mariah Harris (Campbellsville) over Brandy Lowe (McKendree) Dec 9-9
191 – Kaitlyn Hill (Campbellsville) over Destane Garrick (McKendree) Dec 13-13