California wins 16U National Duals Greco-Roman championship over Pennsylvania Blue

Minnesota Blue places third

LOVES PARK, Ill. — A flurry of cartwheels and celebratory screaming signified the result.

California claimed a national championship.

In a back-and-forth championship dual, California heavyweight Adam Farha clinched the 37-37 criteria win over Pennsylvania Blue to win the 16U National Duals in Greco-Roman. Continue reading at →

No. 2 Huskies advance to National Dual Semifinal

SCSU ties all-division NCAA record with 76th straight dual win

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – No. 2 St. Cloud State Wrestling opened their 2022 NWCA National Dual showing in dominant fashion, decimating RV King 47-0 then handling No. 8 Indianapolis 33-9. With the two wins in the Round of 16 and the Quarterfinals, the Huskies have tied the all-division NCAA record of 76 consecutive dual victories, sharing the record with DI Oklahoma State (1937-51). SCSU recorded 11 bonus point wins between the two matches including four pins. The Huskies advance to the Semifinal tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. CT, set for a date with No. 5 Nebraska-Kearney.

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NWCA Releases NCAA Women’s Team Dual Rankings Prior to National Duals

MANHEIM, PA — The first National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Dual Meet rankings of the season have been released. King University sits atop the poll, with two-time defending NWCA Duals National Champion McKendreeUniversity ranked second.

Simon Fraser comes in third behind King and McKendree. King owns a 1-0 record on the season, while McKendree and Simon Fraser have yet to wrestle a dual. North Central College is ranked fourth with a 9-0 dual record, while Colorado Mesa University rounds out the top five with a 4-0 mark.

Augsburg College is 1-0 and ranked sixth, while Tiffin University’s 8-2 record has the Dragons ranked seventh. Presbyterian College and Gannon University are both 1-0 and ranked eighth and ninth, respectively. Schreiner University rounds out the top 10 with a 4-2 record.

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Iowa impresses with 40-23 final win over Oklahoma Outlaws Red to win Junior National Freestyle Duals

Minnesota Blue Places Third at Junior Duals

TULSA, Okla. – Iowa’s Junior men’s freestyle team looked strong over both days of the 2021 Junior Freestyle National Duals, but may have saved its best wrestling for the championship finals.

After dropping the first two bouts, Iowa won 10 of the final 13 matches, including some very close battles, to defeat returning champion Oklahoma Outlaws Red, 40-23.

The finals dual meet began at 138, where Carter Young of Oklahoma secured a controlled 4-1 decision over Joel Jesuroga of Iowa. Young scored a first-period takedown to lead 2-1 at the break, then added two second period step-outs after leg attacks to secure the win. Continue reading at →

Illinois wins Junior Greco-Roman Duals, Oklahoma second, Minnesota third, all with 4-1 record in finals pool

Coming into the 2021 Junior National Greco-Roman Duals, Illinois had won three straight team titles, including the most recent one held in 2019. With the COVID-19 pandemic canceling last year’s event, it would be a different group of wrestlers tasked with trying to make it four in a row for Illinois.

Although it wasn’t easy, and the team needed some help from another team, it was Illinois Junior Greco-Roman which had the championship trophy to pose early Thursday evening.

The six teams in the Gold/Silver pool each wrestled each other, with all of the teams getting five duals. After five rounds of action, Illinois Junior Greco-Roman, Minnesota Blue and host Oklahoma Outlaws Blue all finished with identical 4-1 records.

In short, the tiebreaker goes like this. The team with the least classification points is third, and that was Minnesota. Then, the head to head win by Illinois over Oklahoma gave Illinois the championship trophy. Continue reading at →

California wins Junior Women’s Duals; Illinois takes second

Minnesota goes 3-2 placing 9th overall

This year, the Gold/Silver pool at the Junior Women’s National Duals was a six-team round robin, which meant each team would wrestle each other with a total of five dual meets for each team. As the competition continued, it became apparent that the team champions would probably be determined when Pool A champion California met Pool C champion Illinois Junior Women in Round four.

On paper, the big showdown between returning Junior Women’s Duals national champion Illinois and perennial power California looked to be a toss-up. Illinois had nine nationally ranked wrestlers on the roster, with California bringing eight, and both teams looked strong in their first three Gold/Silver Pool dual meet wins.

The dual meet opened as if it was going to be a huge blow-out win for California, which won the first five matches, four by bonus points, to lead 21-1. California opened with a pair of pins from Maliya Castillo (180) and America Lopez (200). Lopez, ranked No. 17, pinned No. 12 Gainey in 4:48/ California added technical fall wins from No. 4 ranked Sam Calkins at 225 and No. 12 ranked Madison Avila to continue the great start. Continue reading at →

Ohio Red Earns 16U Freestyle Title, Minnesota Red Wins 14U Division at National Duals

Minnesota Blue Places Third at 16U Duals

WESTFIELD, Ind. – Ohio Red and Minnesota Red claimed titles in freestyle at the 16U and 14U divisions, respectively, at the 2021 National Duals in Westfield, Ind.

In 16U competition, Ohio Red won the tournament with a 41-32 defeat over Jew Jersey. Ohio won nine of the dual’s 17 bouts to help propel the squad to the win. Taking third was Minnesota Blue, which took out Illinois, 49-27. Pennsylvania Blue finished fifth and California finished seventh in the tournament.

Winning the 14U tournament was Minnesota Red, defeating California, 41-31 in the finals. For bronze, New Jersey edged out Iowa, 39-38. Ohio Scarlet was fifth, while Illinois took seventh. Continue reading at →