Mat Mayhem churning along as Saturday’s semis and finals loom in Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky – The monstrosity that is the NWCA’s 92-team Mat Mayhem is halfway completed as six collegiate wrestling divisions will continue to battle for a national dual meet championship.
Friday’s action at the 2020 U.S. Marine Corps NWCA Multi-Division National Dual Meet Championships presented by ARMS Software and Defense Soap hosted by NUWAY also saw some records being set at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
St. Cloud State’s 30-4 opening-round win over Maryville set a new Division II dual meet win streak record as the Huskies won their 55th dual in a row. Meanwhile in the NAIA, Grand View extended its NAIA-record dual win streak with a pair of victories on Friday. The Vikings have won 83 duals in a row. Friday also saw the debut of two women’s divisions, with the NCAA and NAIA each having their own dual championship
Division II Men
St. Cloud State (Minn.) continued its dominance in Division II as the Huskies won a pair of matches to extend their Division II-record dual meet win streak to 56 after the aforementioned opening round victory over Maryville and a 39-3 quarterfinal victory over Tiffin (Ohio). St. Cloud State will face another traditional Division II power, Central Oklahoma, in Saturday’s semifinals. The Bronchos opened with a 28-7 win over Colorado School of Mines and followed with a 28-10 win over Notre Dame College (Ohio). No. 2 seed McKendree (Ill.) opened with a 34-6 win over UW-Parkside and then knocked off No. 7 Upper Iowa 20-13 in the quarterfinals. McKendree will face No. 6 Nebraska-Kearney. The Lopers opened with a 36-3 win over Bellarmine (Ky.) before upsetting third-seeded Pitt-Johnstown 24-16 after sweeping the final three weights to rally from a 16-12 deficit.
Division III Men
The top four seeds advanced to Saturday’s semifinals, but not without a bit of late-match heroics. Top-seeded Augsburg (Minn.) advanced with wins over Olivet (Mich.) 43-3 and eighth-seeded Johnson & Wales (R.I.). The Auggies are looking for a third straight Division III National Duals crown. They’ll face fourth-seeded Loras (Iowa), which reached the semifinals after a win over a pair of New York institutions. The Duhawks topped RIT 38-3 before besting NYU 21-12.
On the bottom half of the bracket, Wartburg (Iowa) heavyweight Jordon Brandon scored a takedown as time expired to earn a major decision and give the Knights the extra bonus point win they needed to upend Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) 21-20. Wartburg only won four of the 10 bouts, but picked up two falls, a technical fall and a major decision to pick up a rare four-win dual victory. The Knights, 11-time winners of the event, will face No. 3 Wabash (Indiana) in Saturday’s semifinals. Wabash topped Coe (Iowa) 20-16 as Wabash heavyweight Max Bishop iced the victory with a 11-4 win. Wabash opened with a 31-16 win over Wisconsin-Whitewater.
One individual result of note came in a preliminary as returning Division III national champion John Boyle of Western New England (Mass.) was upset by Ithaca (N.Y.) 184-pounder Chibueze Chukwuezi 6-4 in sudden victory.
Grand View (Iowa) moved closer to a ninth straight NAIA National Duals title after the Vikings topped Brewton-Parker (Ga.) and Providence (Mont.) to extend its win streak to 83 in a row. The streak is the second longest in college wrestling history behind SUNY-Dehli’s 92 in a row between 1979-1983. Grand View will face fourth-seeded Baker (Kan.) in Saturday’s semifinals. Baker opened with a 35-14 win over Lourdes (Ohio) before edging No. 5 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 22-20 in the quarterfinals. At the bottom half of the bracket, second-seeded Reinhardt (Ga.) has been impressive as the Eagles topped Midway (Ky.) 45-3 in the first round before topping Oklahoma City 24-12 in the quarterfinals. Reinhardt will face last year’s runners-up and in-state rival Life (Ga.). Life beat the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) 30-16 before topping third-seeded Campbellsville (Ky.) 34-6.
Three of the top four seeds advanced to Saturday’s semifinals in the first NCAA Women’s Division bracket. Prior to 2020, all women’s teams competed in one Women’s Division. The growth of women’s wrestling teams in both the NCAA and NAIA provided the logical move to create separate National Duals championships for each women’s division. In the NCAA Women’s Division, top-seeded McKendree (Ill.), last year’s Women’s Division champions, topped Presbyterian (S.C.) 41-6 in the quarterfinals. The Bearcats will face fifth-seeded Colorado Mesa, which upended fourth-seeded Emmanuel (Ga.) in the quarterfinals 34-11. Colorado Mesa won eight of the 10 bouts to advance. In the bottom half of the bracket, the seeds held as past Women’s Division champion Simon Fraser (B.C.) opened with a 38-8 win over Tiffin (Ohio) before dispatching with seventh-seeded Adrian (Mich.) 42-5. Simon Fraser will face third-seeded King (Tenn.). The Tornado, who won the Women’s Division four times in a row from 2014-2017., opened with a 34-6 win over Schreiner (Texas) before topping Gannon (Pa.) 37-6. King defeated Simon Fraser to win the Women’s Division in 2014.
Three of the top four seeds moved into the semifinals of the NAIA Women’s Division on Friday. Top-seeded Campbellsville (Ky.) topped Lyon (Ark.) 39-7 in the quarterfinals to advance to face their Mid-South Conference rivals, the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.). Cumberlands advanced past No. 4 Wayland Baptist (Texas) on the strength of two falls, including the match winner at 191 where Angela Buenrrosto topped Katerina Pena to seal the dual for the Patriots. Second-seeded Life (Ga.) topped Providence (Mont.) 35-12 in the quarterfinals to advance to face third-seeded Menlo (Calif.). Menlo, last year’s NAIA invitational and WCWA national champions, moved past Oklahoma City 33-10 to reach the semifinals.
Nassau Community College (N.Y.) will go for its third National Duals title on Saturday as the Lions reached the finals after wins over Joliet Junior College (Ill.) and Niagara County Community College (N.Y.). Coach Vougar Oroudjav’s squad shut out Joliet 56-0 in the opening round with half of the wins coming by fall. In the semifinals, Nassau won seven of the ten bouts. They will face Rochester (Minn.). Coach Randy Rager’s Yellowjackets opened with a 25-16 win over Rowan College of Gloucester County (N.J.). Gavin Christofferson, Richie Hammonds and John Noll swept the final three weights to rally Rochester to the victory. In the quarterfinals, Rochester won six of the ten bouts, but pulled away with four of the six wins coming by fall.
Semifinal Times by Division
Division II Men: 11 a.m.
Division III Men: 11 a.m.
NAIA Men: 11 a.m.
NCAA Women: 9 a.m.
NAIA Women: 10:30 a.m.
Finals Times by Division
Division II Men: 3 p.m.
Division III Men: 3 p.m.
NAIA Men: 3 p.m.
NCAA Women: 3 p.m.
NAIA Women: 3 p.m.
NJCAA Men: 1 p.m.
WHAT: 2020 U.S. Marine Corps NWCA Multi-Division National Dual Meet Championships presented by ARMS Software and Defense Soap hosted by NUWAY
WHERE: Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky
WHEN: January 10-11, 2020
WATCH: Trackwrestling.com (PPV)
RESULTS & BRACKETS: Men’s Divisions | Women’s Divisions