Augustana’s Reitmeier Selected to NWCA Hall of Fame 2020 Class

MANHEIM, Pa. – Augustana head wrestling coach Jason Reitmeier has been announced as a 2020 inductee into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Jim Koch Division II Hall of Fame.

A 1997 graduate of Augustana, Reitmeier is a member of the 2008 Augustana Hall of Fame Class as a student-athlete while he will join the NWCA Hall of Fame as a coach.

At the helm of the Vikings’ wrestling squad since 2003, Reitmeier is the all-time winningest coach in Augustana history, has coached four national champions and has had a wrestler earn All-America accolades in 15 of his 16 completed seasons. He has guided the Vikings to 11 top-five region showings along with a third-place and two runner-up finishes at nationals.

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Bison’s Eaton Named to 2019 NWCA Scholar All-American List

MANHEIM, Pa. – North Dakota State University 197-pounder Cordell Eaton was named to the 2019 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division I Scholar All-American list released Thursday. Eaton is one of 142 wrestlers nationally to receive the award.

Eaton, a redshirt junior from Long Grove, Iowa, maintains a 3.786 GPA majoring in agricultural and biosystems engineering. He is a three-time selection to the Academic All-Big 12 Wrestling first team.

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Harvard once again sits atop NWCA Division I All-Academic Top 30; Ohio State boasts seven All-Academic selections

Manheim, Pennsylvania – Harvard’s reputation as one of the top academic institutions in the world is widely known. In the wrestling world, Harvard continues to be the gold standard when it comes to measuring academic success among its peers.

For the fifth time in the past six years, Harvard is the top team in the annual NWCA Division I All-Academic team standings released Wednesday by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The Crimson achieved a team GPA of 3.5654 and placed four individuals on the individual All-Academic team. Continue reading

It’s Mat Mayhem! Fort Wayne again set to host NWCA’s massive Multi-Divisional National Duals

Fort Wayne, Indiana – The past three years, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana has been a key location in the college wrestling landscape. In 2018, the United Wrestling Group will again host the NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals presented by Applied Silver, InBody, Theraworx and the United States Marine Corps on January 4-5.

With 86 teams, 65 nationally ranked programs and five different divisions, the event will again live up to its moniker — Mat Mayhem.

“Fort Wayne has been a tremendous place for us the last four years,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “It’s a big two days of wrestling, not just with the National Duals portion, but NUWAY also provides competition at the age-group levels as well as a college open, so there’s no shortage of competition across the board.” Continue reading

NWCA Division I National Duals shelved for 2018

The National Wrestling Coaches Association’s National Duals tournament has been shelved for 2018.

NWCA executive director Mike Moyer said Thursday that the Division I dual tournament will not be held next year as leaders in the sport work to resolve issues with the timing, format and other challenges surrounding the event.

“At the very least, we’re going to take a year off,” Moyer said. “There needs to be a lot more discussion around this topic. The challenges are this: Our coaches have such varied circumstances and it’s very challenging trying to get them to agree to a standardized format. A lot of coaches have great ideas on how it should be done, but it’s just proven to be more challenging to get everyone to agree to a single idea.”

The National Duals has been in flux since 2011 when it moved away from Northern Iowa’s UNI-Dome and an early-January tournament that enabled fans to watch every division competing under the same roof. Continue reading at

2017 NWCA National Duals Championship Series pairings set

Manheim, Pennsylvania — The National Wrestling Coaches Association and the National Duals Selection Committee is pleased to announce the matchups for the 2017 NWCA National Duals Championship Series presented by Theraworx and the United States Marine Corps.

In the second year of this format, teams from the Big Ten Conference will face off with non-Big Ten teams in a showcase weekend of college wrestling dual meets. Last season, eight Big Ten teams hosted events around the country. In 2017, the Big Ten will be visiting college campuses in the ACC, Big 12, EIWA, EWL, and Southern Conference.

The showcase dual will be on February 19 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, as No. 1 Oklahoma State (14-0) will host No. 2 Penn State (13-0) in a battle of the last two unbeaten teams in Division I. The dual is a rematch of last year’s National Duals championship match won by Penn State 29-18 in Penn State’s sold-out Rec Hall. Oklahoma State holds a 13-7-1 all-time lead in the series, including an 8-2 mark at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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Local colleges, athletes and Olympian on display in showcase bouts at 51st NWCA All-Star Classic

Manheim, Pennsylvania —  Fourteen different college programs will be highlighted in showcase bouts at the 51st annual NWCA All-Star Classic on November 5 at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center.

Along with the 14 different schools, Olympian Haley Augello will face Junior World Team member Becka Leathers in a women’s freestyle bout and a pair of bouts will also take place featuring local high school and middle school wrestlers.

The event, presented by The Brewer-Garrett Company and hosted by the Wrestlers in Business Network, has served as the major kick-off event for the wrestling season since becoming and early-season event. In 2012, the event moved to the first weekend of the major college wrestling calendar and has been a fixture ever since.

“One of the big draws to hosting the event is the ability to showcase the nation’s top wrestlers, but to also showcase local athletes, programs, and competitors who come from a given area but may compete out of state,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. Continue reading

NWCA National Duals Championship Recap

By Gary R. Blockus

MANHEIM, Pa. – Unbeaten and top-ranked Penn State claimed the crown jewel in the 2016 NWCA Division I National Championship Dual Series presented by the United States Marine Corps and Titan Mercury Wrestling Club.

The host No. 1 Nittany Lions utilized three pins, a technical fall to defeat No. 3 Oklahoma State 29-18 in front of at 6,575 fans at Rec Hall on Sunday, Feb. 21 and earn the dual meet championship in the new bowl-style format. Continue reading