The 2012 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Presented by Hibiclens, will be taking on a new format and a new location for the 2011/2012 season.
The event will take place January 7th and 8th, 2012 in Springfield, Illinois, with wrestling starting at 9 a.m. each day.
This will be a change from the six division format that the event has featured for the past nine years, with the Division I portion of the event splitting off into a 24-team regional system.
The Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, will be the host to this year’s multi-divisional tournament that will showcase the top 64 teams from Division II, Division III, NAIA, NJCAA and Women’s Divisions.
The event will remain a two day tournament with 16 team and eight team brackets, in a double elimination format.
The Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau has exceeded all expectations in their commitment to ensuring a fantastic experience for the wrestlers, coaches and fans.
This year’s event will be hosted by the National Wrestling Advancement Association (NWAA) a new non-profit organization whose mission is to advance wrestlers on and off the mat through its WREST Program (Wrestling Reflection Education Skills Training), a mat / life integration process.
“The fact that we can showcase 64 of the top collegiate dual meet teams under one roof is a testament to the unity within collegiate coaching community. The participating coaches have demonstrated their resolve for strengthening collegiate wrestling through an extraordinary effort,” said NWCA President Brian Smith.
The participating teams for 2012 are:
Division II: Augustana, Central Missouri, Central Oklahoma, Findlay, Kings, Limestone, Maryville, Nebraska Kearney, Newberry College, Northern State, San Francisco State, St. Cloud State, Truman State, MSU-Mankato, Upper Iowa, and UW-Parkside
Division III: Augsburg, Centenary, Coe, Concordia (MN), Dubuque, Elmhurst, Ithaca, Johnson and Wales, Mount Union, North Central, Olivet, St. John’s, UW-Lacrosse, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Whitewater, and Wartburg.
NAIA: Baker, Campbellsville, Cumberland (TN), Dakota Wesleyan, Dickinson State, Great Falls, Grandview, Jamestown, Lindsey Wilson, Midland, Missouri Valley, Morningside, MSU-Northern, Shorter, Southern Oregon, and Waldorf.
NJCAA: Clackamas, Harper, Iowa Central, Labette, Lincoln, Muskegon, Northwest, and Rend Lake.
Women: King College, Jamestown College, Lindenwood University, Missouri Valley, Menlo, Oklahoma City University, Simon Fraser University, and University of the Cumberlands.
“Premier events like this can’t happen without the extraordinary support of our Title and Presenting Sponsors. On behalf of the NWCA Board of Directors, I am forever grateful for the very generous and ongoing support of our Title Sponsor, Cliff Keen Athletic, who has been supporting the National Duals since its beginning in 1989. At the request of Cliff Keen Athletics, the National Duals actually will actually carry the name of Cliff Keen, the founding member of the NWCA (and Cliff Keen Athletics). Further, I’d like to also extend a heartfelt thanks to our presenting sponsor, Hibiclens, who is committed to ensuring a premier event,” said Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director.
For more information on the event visit www.nwcaonline.com and look under the events section.