Six Northland wrestlers head to Council Bluffs for National Tournament

Six Northland Community & Technical College wrestlers, three men and three women, will compete in the NJCAA National Wrestling Championships later this week in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

This is the second year that the NJCAA has hosted a National Women’s Invitational to run concurrently with the men’s national tournament. There is no qualifier, but the tournament has grown from 12 to 18 participating teams.

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NCAA Wrestling Awards Standings Update

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA has released updated standings for the 2024 NCAA Wrestling Awards that will be awarded in March at the respective Division I, II, and III Wrestling Championships.

The inaugural NCAA Wrestling Awards were presented at the 2012 wrestling championships. The three awards, given in each division, honor the Most Dominant Wrestler as well as the student-athletes that have accumulated the most falls and the most technical falls throughout the course of the regular and postseasons.

For results to be counted for the awards, they must come against opponents in the same division (i.e., Division II vs. Division II). Ties in the falls and tech falls categories are broken based on the aggregate time.

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Gophers Add Dawson Johnson to Signing Class

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota wrestling added another member to its 2024 signing class Tuesday with the addition of Dawson Johnson, who signed a letter of acceptance with the Golden Gophers.

Johnson attends Cumberland High School in Cumberland, Wis., and recently claimed his fourth state championship, as he won the DIII, 138-pound title to cap an undefeated senior season at 58-0. According to news reports, he is now just the 29th wrestler in Wisconsin history to win four individual state titles. Last season, Johnson took home the crown at 126 pounds after winning at 120 pounds as a sophomore and 106 pounds as a freshman.

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Penn State goes wire-to-wire atop Coaches Poll, ends dual season 12-0

With 639 duals involving Division I men’s wrestling teams in 2023-24 now complete, Penn State closed the regular as the only unbeaten and a wire-to-wire unanimous No. 1 as the final NWCA Division I Men’s Wrestling Coaches Poll of the season was released on Tuesday.

Penn State (12-0) finished out the regular season with a 55-0 home win over Edinboro to run its dual meet win streak to 54 in a row. The Nittany Lions will start next season with the fourth-longest win streak in major college wrestling history.

Iowa returned to No. 2 after heading to Stillwater, Oklahoma, and taming then-No. 2 Oklahoma State 22-9 in front of over 13,000 fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena in the third-largest dual meet crowd in school history. Oklahoma State dropped back to fourth this week.

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