Champions crowned in six collegiate divisions at NWCA National Dual Meet Championships
Louisville, Kentucky – Streaks were again the theme as six National Dual Meet champions were crowned on Saturday at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, at the 2020 U.S. Marine Corps NWCA Multi-Division National Dual Meet Championships presented by ARMS Software and Defense Soap hosted by NUWAY.
Grand View (Iowa) won a record ninth straight NAIA championship by shutting out Life (Ga.) 40-0 in the final and extending the school’s dual meet win streak to 85 in a row. St. Cloud State (Minn.) also continued its National Duals winning ways as the Huskies won their fourth straight Division II championship and extended their Division II-record win streak to 58 after edging McKendree (Ill.) 17-16. McKendree (Ill.) needed criteria to top Simon Fraser (B.C.) 20-19 to win the first NCAA Women’s Division championship. The Bearcats came away with a second straight championship after winning the Women’s Division last year.
Traditional powers Wartburg (Iowa) and Augsburg (Minn.) met for the 12th time in the Division III final, but Wartburg came away with a 24-15 victory to win its 12th championship overall. Nassau Community College (N.Y.) won its third NJCAA championship, but its first since 2005 with a 23-15 win over Rochester (Minn.). The eight-team NJCAA field featured eight of the nation’s top non-scholarship junior college wrestling teams.
Menlo (Calif.) was the lone school to win a championship for the first time. The Oaks toppled top-seeded Campbellsville (Ky.) 22-19 to win the NAIA Women’s Division. With over 70 schools sponsoring women’s wrestling, this was the first year the NWCA created separate NCAA and NAIA women’s national dual divisions.
Division II Men
Steve Costanzo’s Huskies won their fourth straight Division II National Dual championship and sixth overall, which is most of any team since the inception of the Division II tournament in 2002. After topping Central Oklahoma 22-12 in the semis, St. Cloud State split five of the 10 bouts with McKendree, but Garrett Aldrich’s fall at 141 pounds proved to be the difference maker in the final. The teams split overtime bouts, with St. Cloud State’s James Pleski topping Juwan Edmond 6-4 at 149 pounds, while McKendree’s Nick Foster topped All-American Devin Fitzpatrick 7-1 at 165. McKendree made things interesting, as heavyweight Caleb Gossett nearly scored a major decision at 285.
Division III Men
After escaping in the quarterfinals against Baldwin Wallace, Wartburg shifted into another gear after a 38-6 semifinal win over Wabash and then the 24-15 win over rival Augsburg. What made the win more impressive was the Knights beat three returning NCAA Division III champions in the dual. Brady Fritz beat Augsburg’s returning 141-pound champ David Flynn 3-1 to give the Knights some early momentum, but Augsburg answered with back-to-back falls to take a 12-9 lead after the first five weights. Wartburg’s Max Forsythe then pinned two-time champion Lucas Jeske at 165. Kobe Woods beat returning champ Lance Benick of Augsburg at 197 to cement the victory. Wartburg’s 12th title is the most among any champion in any division at the National Duals.
Grand View’s win streak now sits at 85 in a row after losing just three individual bouts on the weekend. The Vikings won nine out of 10 in the semifinals against Baker (Kan.) to reach the finals to face Life (Ga.), which upset second-seeded Reinhardt (Ga.) 21-13 in the semifinals. Grand View scored six bonus victories on the way to its ninth title in a row. Top-ranked 157-pounder Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer of Grand View did need sudden victory to beat eighth-ranked Osvani Ley of Life.
Nassau Community College won the first two NJCAA National Dual championships in 2004 and 2005. The Lions returned to the top with a 23-15 win over Rochester Community and Technical College in a non-scholarship final. Heavyweight Michael Babcort sealed the win for Nassau with a 7-6 victory over John Noll.
The closest match of the night came in the first NCAA Women’s Division as McKendree slipped past Simon Fraser on the strength of an early forfeit and key wins by Emma Bruntil and Sydnee Kimber. With both teams loaded with age-group medalists and national team members from both the U.S. and Canada, highlight matches filled the dual. Karla Godinez of Simon Fraser topped Felicity Taylor 8-0 at 116, while McKendree’s Alexia Ward stopped Lauren Mason 5-1 at 130. Bruntil’s 7-0 win over All-American Nicole Depa was a key win for the Bearcats at 136. The win would offset Alyvia Fiske’s 8-4 win over McKendree’s Alex Glaude at 155. McKendree’s top two weights would provide back-to-back wins as Kori Bullock shut out Rebekah Trudel 9-0 and Kimber would close out the dual with a 10-2 win over Emily Cue.
Menlo took command of a close dual by winning four straight matches from 136-170 to pull away from traditional women’s power Campbellsville. Alana Vives, Solin Piearcy, Marilyn Garcia and Precious Bell were solid in that four-match span. Biggest individual match came at 109 pounds where Alleida Martinez of Menlo beat McKayla Campbell 12-0 in a rematch of their WCWA final last season, also won by Martinez.
DIVISION II MEN FINAL
#1 ST. CLOUD STATE 17, #2 MCKENDREE 16
125 – Marcus Povlick (McKendree) over Brandon Betancourt (St. Cloud State) Dec 8-2
133 – Garrett Vos (St. Cloud State) over Christian Mejia (McKendree) Dec 5-4
141 – Garrett Aldrich (St. Cloud State) over Jet Tryon (McKendree) Fall 3:54
149 – James Pleski (St. Cloud State) over Juwan Edmond (McKendree) SV-1 6-4
157 – Jake Barzowski (St. Cloud State) over Nate Smalling (McKendree) Dec 11-4
165 – Nick Foster (McKendree) over Devin Fitzpatrick (St. Cloud State) SV-1 7-1
174 – Josh Jones (McKendree) over Kolton Eischens (St. Cloud State) Dec 11-6
184 – Tyree Overton (St. Cloud State) over Dan Fillipek (McKendree) Dec 12-5
197 – Ryan Vasbinder (McKendree) over Noah Ryan (St. Cloud State) Maj 12-1
285 – Caleb Gossett (McKendree) over Ezayah Oropeza (St. Cloud State) Dec 12-5
DIVISION III MEN FINAL
#2 WARTBURG 24, #1 AUGSBURG 15
125 – Brady Kyner (Wartburg) over Justin Stauffacher (Augsburg) Dec 9-2
133 – Kristian Rumph (Wartburg) over Victor Gliva (Augsburg) Dec 6-4
141 – Brady Fritz (Wartburg) over David Flynn (Augsburg) Dec 3-1
149 – Aaron Wilson (Augsburg) over Zayren Terukina (Wartburg) Fall 1:58
157 – Ryan Epps (Augsburg) over Martine Sandoval (Wartburg) Fall 4:03
165 – Max Forsyth (Wartburg) over Lucas Jeske (Augsburg) Fall 5:55
174 – Paul Calo (Wartburg) over Nick Rogge (Augsburg) Dec 6-2
184 – Tanner Vassar (Augsburg) over Kyle Briggs (Wartburg) Dec 4-3
197 – Kobe Woods (Wartburg) over Lance Benick (Augsburg) Dec 5-1
285 – Jordon Brandon (Wartburg) over Zachary Muller (Augsburg) Dec 7-4
NJCAA MEN’S DIVISION
NASSAU CC 23, ROCHESTER C&TC 15
125 – Brandon Escobar (Nassau CC) over Francis Fuenffinger (Rochester C&TC) Maj 13-4
133 – Anthony Sobotker (Nassau CC) over Parker Dobrocky (Rochester C&TC) Fall 1:02
141 – Connor Llewelyn (Nassau CC) over Matt Frost (Rochester C&TC) Maj 11-1
149 – Brandon Kidd (Rochester C&TC) over Ruben Cruces (Nassau CC) Dec 4-3
157 – Alex Lloyd (Rochester C&TC) over Gavin Leath (Nassau CC) Dec 11-4
165 – Paul Illicete (Nassau CC) over Seth Brossard (Rochester C&TC) Dec 6-3
174 – Jeremiah Colon (Rochester C&TC) over Michael Sullivan (Nassau CC) Dec 11-5
184 – Adolfo (AJ) Batista (Nassau CC) over Gavin Christoffersen (Rochester C&TC) Dec 6-1
197 – Richie Hammonds (Rochester C&TC) over Michael Abidin (Nassau CC) Fall 4:43
285 – Michael Babcort (Nassau CC) over John Noll (Rochester C&TC) Dec 7-6
NAIA MEN’S DIVISION
#1 GRAND VIEW 40, #6 LIFE 0
125 – Justin Portillo (Grand View) over Chase Ayers (Life) Fall 1:36
133 – Shea Ruffridge (Grand View) over Tramon Jenkins (Life) Maj 13-2
141 – Kendon Lee (Grand View) over Julian Hernandez (Life) Maj 10-0
149 – Tanner Abbas (Grand View) over Denver Stonecheck (Life) Dec 8-4
157 – Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer (Grand View) over Osvani Ley (Life) SV-1 5-3
165 – Kyle Caldwell (Grand View) over Sid Ohl (Life) Dec 8-5
174 – Brian Stanford (Grand View) over Micheal Edouard (Life) Maj 10-0
184 – Kendrick Jones (Grand View) over Phillip McBride (Life) Fall 2:42
197 – Evan Hansen (Grand View) over Baker Hadwan (Life) Maj 14-1
285 – Matt Kent (Grand View) over Andre Bissainthe (Life) Dec 1-0
NCAA WOMEN’S DIVISION
#1 MCKENDREE 20, #2 SIMON FRASER 19 (criteria)
101 – Pauline Granados (McKendree) won by forfeit.
109 – Ciara McCrae (Simon Fraser) over Natalie Reyna (McKendree) Dec 5-3
116 – Karla Godinez-Gonzalez (Simon Fraser) over Felicity Taylor (McKendree) Dec 8-0
123 – Alexandra Hedrick (Simon Fraser) over Theresa Rankin (McKendree) TF 11-0
130 – Alexia Ward (McKendree) over Lauren Mason (Simon Fraser) Dec 5-1
136 – Emma Bruntil (McKendree) over Nicole Depa (Simon Fraser) Dec 7-0
143 – Ana Godinez-Gonzalez (Simon Fraser) over Alara Boyd (McKendree) TF 12-0
155 – Alyvia Fiske (Simon Fraser) over Alexandria Glaude (McKendree) Dec 8-4
170 – Korinahe Bullock (McKendree) over Rebekah Trudel (Simon Fraser) Dec 9-0
191 – Sydnee Kimber (McKendree) over Emily Cue (Simon Fraser) Dec 10-2
NAIA WOMEN’S DIVISION
#3 MENLO 22, #1 CAMPBELLSVILLE 19
101 – McKenzie Bacich (Campbellsville) over Tianna Fernandez (Menlo College) Dec 12-5
109 – Alleida Martinez (Menlo College) over McKayla Campbell (Campbellsville) TF 10-0
116 – Katlyn Pizzo (Campbellsville) over Alexandra Christoforatos (Menlo College) Fall 1:35
123 – Tiana Jackson (Menlo College) over Charlotte Fowler (Campbellsville) Dec 8-0
130 – Abigail Nette (Campbellsville) over Laynee Pasion (Menlo College) Fall 1:35
136 – Alana Vivas (Menlo College) over Randi Robison (Campbellsville) Dec 9-1
143 – Solin Piearcy (Menlo College) over Mhina Oseitutu (Campbellsville) TF 10-0
155 – Marilyn Garcia (Menlo College) over Alexia Foca (Campbellsville) Dec 7-5
170 – Precious Bell (Menlo College) over Kenya Sloan (Campbellsville) Dec 10-2
191 – Alexandra Castillo (Campbellsville) over Sara Aguilar (Menlo College) Dec 10-2