National Collegiate Wrestling Association

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National Collegiate Wrestling Association
Abbreviation NCWA
Formation 1997 (1997)
Legal status Association
Headquarters Dallas, Texas
Region served
United States of America and Canada
Membership
162 (schools, conferences or other associations)
Executive Director
Jim Giunta
Main organ
Executive Committee
Website NCWA official website

The National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) is a nonprofit association of 162 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organize the wrestling programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. It is led by founder and executive director Jim Giunta headquartered in Dallas, Texas and built to help the promotion of collegiate wrestling.

Many teams were formerly NCAA programs displaced by Title IX legislation and/or are preparing to join the NCAA, NAIA, or NJCAA. Teams in transition to a higher division not eligible for the NCAA postseason also compete in the NCWA. Notable wrestling programs to have started or competed in the NCWA and are now in other associations include: California Baptist University, McKendree University, Notre Dame College, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

History[edit]

A post-secondary athletic association built to help the promotion of collegiate wrestling, the NCWA was founded in 1997 as a 501c3 non-profit by the current executive director, Jim Giunta, after resigning as executive director of the Texas Interscholastic Wrestling Association (TIWA). At its founding the association had 13 member teams, but today the NCWA is composed of over 150 wrestling teams and clubs from across the United States and Canada. Many of these programs were formerly NCAA scholarship programs which were affected by Title IX legislation, which has resulted in many colleges being forced to give up their wrestling programs in the name of gender equality. The variety of institutions competing in the NCWA is wide and unrestricted as junior colleges, trade schools and post-secondary prep institutions compete in the same national championship as four-year colleges and universities.

NCWA Growth [1][edit]

Season # of Men's Teams
1997-1998 26
1998-1999 35
1999-2000 44
2000-2001 56
2001-2002 68
2002-2003 80
2003-2004 95
2004-2005 109
2005-2006 122
2006-2007 134
2007-2008 142
2008-2009 154
2009-2010 163
2010-2011 170
2011-2012 156
2012-2013
2013-2014
2014-2015
2015-2016
2016-2017 170
Season # of Women's Teams
2007-2008 7
2008-2009
2009-2010
2010-2011 16
2011-2012 18
2012-2013 15
2013-2014 10
2014-2015 15
2015-2016 22
2016-2017 24
2017-2018 35
Season # of GoGreco Teams
2017 8

Notable current teams[edit]

While the NCWA currently has over 100 schools in competition, a few programs have distinguished themselves as top-tier programs.

Men's Folkstyle
Institution Year Entered NCWA Conference All-Americans and National Champions Team Championships Notes
Alfred State College 2013 Northeast
  • 8 All-Americans
  • 1 National Champion
  • #2 at 2018 Northeast Conference Championships
  • 4 top-20 finishes at National Championships
  • 6th at 2017 National Dual Meet Championship
Started transition from NJCAA to NCAA Division III, beginning 2013 and finalizing 2018[2][3]
Auburn University 1997 Southeast
  • 24 All-Americans
  • 1 National Champion
  • 6 top-10 finishes at Division I National Championships
  • 15th at 2013 National Dual Meet Championship
One of the original NCWA teams
Emmanuel College 2015 Southeast
  • 22 All-Americans
  • 8 National Champions
  • 3 top-5 finishes at National Dual Meet Championship
  • 2017 National Dual Meet Champions
  • 3x Southeast Conference Champions (2016-2018)
  • 3 top-7 finishes at Division I National Championships
  • 2x Division I National Championships (2016-2017)
  • 2017 Collegiate Cup Champions
Currently seeking full-time membership into NCAA Division II
Grand Valley State University 2000 Great Lakes
  • 121 All-Americans
  • 21 National Champions
  • 2x Northern Conference Champions (2001, 2002)[4]
  • 8x North Central Conference Champions (2003 - 2009, 2011)[5]
  • 2010 North Central Conference Co-Champions[6]
  • 5x Great Lakes Conference Champions (2013 - 2018)
  • 9 top-6 finishes at National Dual Meet Championship
  • 2009 National Dual Meet Champions
  • 14 top-5 finishes at National Championships
  • 5x National Championships titles (2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Wrestling program had competed in NCAA D-I, D-II, D-III, and NAIA until 1992

Liberty University 2011 Mid-Atlantic
  • 44 All-Americans
  • 6 National Champions
  • 7x Mid-Atlantic Conference Champions (2012 - 2018)
  • 7 top-3 finishes at National Dual Meet Championship
  • 3x National Dual Meet Champions (2012, 2015, 2018)
  • 7 top-4 finishes at Division I National Championships
  • 2x Division I National Champions (2015, 2018) [7] [8]
  • 2x Collegiate Cup Champions (2015, 2018)

Competed as a NCAA D-I program prior to joining the NCWA in 2011

Middle Tennessee State University 1999 Mid-Atlantic
  • 27 All-Americans
  • 5 top-8 National Dual Meet Championship finishes
  • 2015 Division I National Championships Runner-up
  • 4 top-10 National Championship finishes

Coached by Steven Smith

Mott Community College 2003 Great Lakes
  • 22 All-Americans
  • 4 National Champions
  • 4 top-12 National Championship finishes
  • 7th at 2014 National Dual Meet Championship

One of four community colleges competing in Division I

Queens University of Charlotte 2017 Mid-Atlantic Conference
  • 5 All-Americans
  • 2 National Champions
  • #3 at 2018 Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships
  • #5 at 2018 Division I National Championships

Moving to NCAA Division II in Fall 2018

The Apprentice School 2000 Mid-Atlantic
  • 93 All-Americans
  • 12 National Champions
  • 3x Northeast Conference Champions (1999, 2002, 2003)[9]
  • 8x Mid-Atlantic Conference Champions (2004 - 2011)[10]
  • 9 top-8 finishes at National Dual Meet Championship
  • 19 top-10 finishes at Division I National Championships
  • 2009 National Champions
United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School 2003 Great Plains
  • 34 All-Americans
  • 7 National Champions
  • 2014 Great Plains Conference Champions
  • 5 top-10 finishes at Division I National Championships

Vast majority of student-athletes transfer to United States Air Force Academy

University of Central Florida 2003 Southeast
  • 101 All-Americans
  • 12 National Champions
  • 10x Southeast Conference Champions (2003 - 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 - 2013, 2015)[11]
  • 3x National Championships titles (2004, 2005, 2010)
  • 8 top-5 finishes at National Dual Meet Championship
  • 2016 National Dual Meet Champions
  • 16 top-10 finishes at Division I National Championships
  • 2016 Collegiate Cup Champions

Train out of Southeast Olympic Regional Training Center

Yale University 1997 Northeast
  • 20 All-Americans
  • 3 National Champions
  • 1998 National Champions
  • 5 top-20 finishes at National Championships

Won the inaugural NCWA National Championships

Men's Greco-Roman
Institution Year Entered NCWA Conference All-Americans and National Champions Team Championships Notes
Richland College 2017 Southwest
  • 6 All-Americans
  • 1 National Champion
2017 GoGreco National Runners-up Hosted inaugural GoGreco National Championships in 2017
University of North Texas 2017 Southwest
  • 8 All-Americans
  • 1 National Champion
2017 GoGreco National Champions Inaugural GoGreco National Champions
University of Southern California 2017 West Coast
  • 3 All-Americans
  • 2 National Champions
Most National Champions in GoGreco
Women's Folkstyle
Institution Year Entered NCWA Conference All-Americans and National Champions Team Championships Notes
Ottawa University 2014 Great Plains
  • 22 All-Americans
  • 3 National Champions
  • 3 top-2 finishes at National Championships (2015 - 2017)
Also compete in freestyle in WCWA
Southwestern Oregon Community College 2010 Northwest
  • 64 All-Americans
  • 30 National Champions
  • 8 top-10 finishes at National Championships (2011 - 2018)
  • 7x National Champions (2012 - 2018)
Also compete in freestyle in WCWA
Springfield Technical Community College 2014 Northeast
  • 8 All-Americans
  • 4 National Champions
  • 4 top-10 finishes at National Championships
University of Maine 2014 Northeast
  • 6 All-Americans
  • 4 National Champions
  • 4 top-10 finishes at National Championships

Samantha Frank only 4x National Champion and Most Outstanding Wrestler in NCWA/NCWWA history

University of Massachusetts Amherst 2012 Northeast
  • 5 All-Americans
  • 1 National Champion
  • 4 top-10 finishes at National Championships
University of North Texas 2014 Southwest
  • 7 All-Americans
  • 2 National Champions
  • 4 top-10 finishes at National Championships
University of South Florida 2010 Southeast
  • 7 All-Americans
  • 1 National Champion
  • 5 top-10 finishes at National Championships
Wrestler Jasmine Grant one of two 4x All-Americans in NCWWA history

Notable former teams[edit]

While the NCWA currently has over 100 schools in competition, it has also been home to many programs that transitioned from one association to another or that originated as an NCWA program and later changed associations.

Men's Folkstyle
Institution Year Entered NCWA Previous Association Year Left NCWA Next Association Notes
Baptist Bible College 1999 NCCAA 2003 Dropped program
  • #13 at 2000 National Championships
  • #18 at 2001 National Championships
  • #7 at 2002 National Championships
  • #8 at 2003 National Championships
  • 8 All-Americans
  • 2 National Champions
Belmont Abbey College 1998 Started in NCWA 2006 NCAA Division II
  • #22 at 1999 National Championships
  • #23 at 2000 National Championships
  • #7 at 2001 National Championships
  • #21 at 2002 National Championships
  • #10 at 2003 National Championships
  • #12 at 2004 National Championships
  • 5 All-Americans
California Baptist University 2010 NAIA 2013 NCAA Division II
  • 2011 National Dual Meet Champions
  • 2011 West Coast Conference Champions [12]
  • 2011 Division I National Champions
  • 2012 West Coast Conference Champions [13]
  • #2 at 2012 Division I National Championships
  • 2013 West Coast Conference Champions
  • 2013 Division I National Champions
  • 23 All-Americans
  • 6 National Champions
  • 1st team to win both the National Duals and National Championships in the same season
  • Set to join NCAA Division I starting in 2018 with full membership in 2022
California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) 2014 Program restarted in the NCWA 2017 NCAA Division I
  • #33 at 2015 Division II National Championships[14]
  • #22 at 2016 Division II National Championships
  • #28 at 2017 Division II National Championships
  • 1 All-American
Colorado State University–Pueblo 2002 Program restarted in the NCWA 2008 NCAA Division II
  • #4 at 2002 National Championships
  • #11 at 2003 National Championships
  • 4 All-Americans
  • 2 National Champions
Darton State College 2006 Started in NCWA 2008 NJCAA
  • #50 at 2006 National Championships
  • #7 at 2007 National Championships
  • #16 at 2008 National Championships
  • 5 All-Americans
Davenport University 2014 Started in NCWA 2015 NAIA
  • #13 at 2015 Division I National Championships
  • 2 All-Americans
  • 2 National Champions[15]
  • Joined NCAA Division II in 2017 with full membership in 2020
Douglas College 2001 Started in NCWA 2014 Dropped program
  • #14 at 2001 National Championships
  • #12 at 2002 National Championships
  • #6 at 2003 National Championships
  • #5 at 2004 National Championships
  • #9 at 2005 National Championships
  • #16 at 2006 National Championships
  • #19 at 2009 National Championships
  • #27 at 2010 National Championships
  • #14 at 2011 Division I National Championships
  • #62 at 2012 Division I National Championships
  • #21 at 2013 Division I National Championships
  • #19 at 2014 Division I National Championships
  • 20 All-Americans
  • 7 National Champions
Grand Canyon University 2013 NCAA Division II 2014 NCAA Division I
  • 2014 National Dual Meet Champions
  • 2014 West Coast Conference Champions
  • 2014 Division I National Champions
  • 10 All-Americans
  • 4 National Champions
Henry Ford College 2013 Started in NCWA 2017 NJCAA
  • #31 at 2014 Division II National Championships
  • #27 at 2015 Division II National Championships[16]
  • #19 at 2016 Division II National Championships
  • #20 at 2017 Division I National Championships
  • 2 All-Americans
Kansas State University 1999 Restarted program in NCWA 2012 Dropped program
  • #8 at 1999 National Championships
  • #13 at 2000 National Championships
  • 2001 Southwestern Conference Champions[17]
  • #5 at 2001 National Championships
  • 2002 Southwestern Conference Champions[18]
  • #9 at 2002 National Championships
  • 2003 Southwest Conference Champions[19]
  • #9 at 2003 National Championships
  • #20 at 2004 National Championships
  • 2005 Southwest Conference Champions[20]
  • #10 at 2005 National Championships
  • #10 at 2006 National Championships
  • #13 at 2007 National Championships
  • #8 at 2008 National Championships
  • 2009 Southwest Conference Champions[21]
  • #9 at 2009 National Championships
  • #28 at 2010 National Championships
  • #28 at 2011 Division II National Championships
  • #29 at 2012 Division II National Championships
  • 28 All-Americans
  • 2 National Champions
Lindenwood University 2011 NAIA 2013 NCAA Division II
  • #2 at 2012 National Dual Meet Championship
  • #4 at 2012 Division I National Championships
  • 2013 National Dual Meet Champions
  • #2 at 2013 Division I National Championships
  • 13 All-Americans
  • 3 National Champions
Lindenwood University - Belleville 2011 Started in NCWA 2013 NAIA
  • #5 at 2012 National Dual Meet Championship
  • #10 at 2012 Division I National Championships
  • #7 at 2013 National Dual Meet Championship
  • #7 at 2013 Division I National Championships
  • 9 All-Americans
  • 2 National Champions
Maranatha Baptist University 1998 NCCAA 1999 Program dropped
  • #4 at 1999 National Championships
  • 3 All-Americans
  • 3 National Champions
Marion Military Institute 2003 Started in NCWA 2016 Program dropped
  • #19 at 2003 National Championships
  • #8 at 2004 National Championships
  • #5 at 2007 National Championships
  • #5 at 2008 National Championships
  • #9 at 2009 National Dual Meet Championships
  • 2009 Southeast Conference Champions[22]
  • #4 at 2009 National Championships
  • 2010 National Dual Meet Champions
  • #8 at 2010 National Championships
  • #5 at 2011 National Dual Meet Championship
  • #5 at 2011 Division I National Championships
  • 2009 Southeast Conference Champions[23]
  • #15 at 2012 Division I National Championships
  • #6 at 2013 National Dual Meet Championship
  • #11 at 2013 Division I National Championships
  • #15 at 2014 Division I National Championships
  • #5 at 2015 National Dual Meet Championship
  • #5 at 2015 Division I National Championships[24]
  • #14 at 2016 National Dual Meet Championship
  • #12 at 2016 Division I National Championships
  • 37 All-Americans
  • 4 National Champions
  • Coached by Olympians David Hazewinkel and James Hazewinkel from 2006 to 2016.
McKendree University 2011 NAIA 2013 NCAA Division II
  • #9 at 2012 Division I National Championships
  • #2 at 2013 Division I National Championships
  • 10 All-Americans
  • 2 National Champions
Miami University (OH) 2000 NCAA Division I 2009 Dropped program
  • #3 at 2000 National Championships
  • #14 at 2003 National Championships
  • #14 at 2005 National Championships
  • #7 at 2006 National Championships
  • #14 at 2007 National Championships
  • #20 at 2008 National Championships
  • 16 All-Americans
  • 2 National Champions
Minot State University 2011 NAIA 2012 NCAA Division II
  • #30 at 2012 Division I National Championships
Naval Academy Preparatory School 2008 Started in NCWA 2015 No association
  • 2008 Northeast Conference Champions[25]
  • #4 at 2008 National Championships
  • 2009 Northeast Conference Champions[26]
  • #3 at 2009 National Championships
  • 2010 Northeast Conference Champions[27]
  • #5 at 2010 National Championships
  • #7 at 2011 National Dual Meet Championship
  • 2011 Northeast Conference Champions[28]
  • #8 at 2011 Division I National Championships
  • #6 at 2012 Division I National Championships
  • #6 at 2013 Division I National Championships
  • #6 at 2014 Division I National Championships
  • #6 at 2015 Division I National Championships[29]
  • 42 All-Americans
  • 10 National Champions
  • Vast majority of student-athletes transfer to United States Naval Academy (Navy)
  • 3x NCAA Division I National Qualifier Jadaen Bernstein was the 2014 174 lb National Champion for Naval Academy Preparatory School
  • 2016 NCAA Division I National Qualifier Nicholas Gil was the 2015 149 lb National Champion for Naval Academy Preparatory School
University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada) 2001 Program restarted in the NCWA 2003 Program dropped
  • #2 at 2002 National Championships
  • 2003 National Champions
  • 16 All-Americans
  • 3 National Champions
Newman University 2007 NAIA 2008 NCAA Division II
  • #17 at 2007 National Championships
  • 2009 Southwest Conference Champions[30]
  • #2 at 2008 National Championships
  • 11 All-Americans
  • 1 National Champion
Northampton Community College 2004 Started in NCWA 2010 Program dropped
  • #9 at 2004 National Championships
  • #13 at 2005 National Championships
  • #5 at 2006 National Championships
  • 2007 Northeast Conference Champions[31]
  • #4 at 2007 National Championships
  • #10 at 2008 National Championships
  • #9 at 2009 National Championships
  • #14 at 2010 National Championships
  • 21 All-Americans
  • 3 National Champions
Notre Dame College (OH) 2012 NAIA 2013 NCAA Division II
  • 2012 Great Lakes Conference Champions[32]
  • 2012 Division I National Champions
  • 12 All-Americans
  • 3 National Champions
Penn College Tech 2010 Started in NCWA[33] 2014 NCAA Division III
  • #26 at 2011 Division I National Championships
  • #17 at 2012 Division I National Championships
  • #20 at 2013 Division I National Championships
  • #24 at 2014 Division I National Championships
  • 3 All-Americans
Pensacola Christian College 1998 NCCAA 2006 Program dropped
  • 1999 Southeast Conference Champions[34]
  • 1999 National Champions
  • 2000 Southeast Conference Champions[35]
  • 2000 National Champions
  • 2001 Southeast Conference Champions[36]
  • #3 at 2001 National Championships
  • 2002 Southeast Conference Champions[37]
  • #5 at 2002 National Championships
  • #5 at 2003 National Championships
  • #8 at 2005 National Championships
  • 2006 Southeast Conference Champions[38]
  • #3 at 2006 National Championships
  • 39 All-Americans
  • 9 National Champions
  • Coached by Olympians David Hazewinkel and James Hazewinkel from 1998 to 2006.
Rochester Community and Technical College 2014 NJCAA 2015 NJCAA
  • 2015 NCWA Great Plains Conference Champions
  • #3 at 2015 Division I National Championships
  • 8 All-Americans
St. Andrews University 2011 NCAA Division II 2012 NAIA
  • #24 at 2012 Division I National Championships
  • 2 All-Americans
Shorter University 2013 NAIA 2014 NCAA Division II
  • #2 at 2014 National Dual Meet Championship
  • 2014 Southeast Conference Champions
  • #3 at 2014 National Championships
  • 6 All-Americans
  • 2 National Champions
Simon Fraser University 2011 NAIA 2012 NCAA Division II
  • #5 at 2012 Division I National Championships
  • 6 All-Americans
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 2009 NCAA Division II 2012 NCAA Division I
  • #20 at 2009 National Championships
  • 2010 North Central Conference Co-Champions[39]
  • #3 at 2010 National Championships
  • #4 at 2011 Division I National Championships
  • #7 at 2012 Division I National Championships
  • 17 All-Americans
  • 3 National Champions
Southern Virginia University 2000 Started in the NCWA 2014 NCAA Division III
  • 3 All-Americans
  • 1 National Champion
United States Military Academy Preparatory School 2008 Started in NCWA 2014 No association
  • #7 at 2008 National Championships
  • #6 at 2009 National Championships
  • #11 at 2010 National Championships
  • #10 at 2011 Division I National Championships
  • #15 at 2013 Division I National Championships
  • #10 at 2014 Division I National Championships
  • 15 All-Americans
  • 2 National Champions
  • Vast majority of student-athletes transfer to United States Military Academy (Army)
Valley Forge Military Academy and College 1998 Started in NCWA 2009 NJCAA
  • #10 at 1998 National Championships
  • #13 at 1999 National Championships
  • #24 at 2000 National Championships
  • #17 at 2001 National Championships
  • #35 at 2005 National Championships
  • #54 at 2006 National Championships
  • #19 at 2007 National Championships
  • #57 at 2008 National Championships
  • 4 All-American
  • 3 National Champions
Women's Folkstyle
Institution Year Entered NCWWA Previous Association Year Left NCWWA Next Association Notes
Lindenwood University – Belleville 2011 Started in NCWA 2013 WCWA
  • #3 at 2012 National Championships
  • #2 at 2013 National Championships
  • 6 All-Americans
  • 4 National Champions
Midland University 2015 WCWA 2016 WCWA
  • #10 at 2016 National Championships
Pacific University (OR) 2007 Started in NCWA 2012 WCWA
  • No team score recorded at 2008 National Championships, but accumulated individual points would have made them the runner-up
  • #2 at 2009 National Championships
  • #3 at 2010 National Championships
  • #2 at 2012 National Championships
  • 11 All-Americans
  • 2 National Champions
San Jose State University 2010 Started in NCWA 2013 Program dropped
  • #7 at 2011 National Championships
  • #6 at 2012 National Championships
  • #3 at 2013 National Championships
  • 5 All-Americans
  • 1 National Champion
  • Coached by Robert Redman
Simon Fraser University 2007 WCWA (competed in both) 2009 WCWA
  • No team score recorded at 2008 National Championships, but accumulated individual points would have made them the winner
  • #3 at 2009 National Championships
  • 8 All-Americans
  • 7 National Champions
Yakima Valley College 2008 Started in NCWA 2011 WCWA
  • #1 at 2009 National Championships
  • #1 at 2010 National Championships
  • #1 at 2011 National Championships
  • 9 All-Americans
  • 5 National Champions

Advantages of the NCWA[edit]

  • The organization and its members encourage wrestlers to compete no matter what the experience level.
  • A good format for the average wrestlers who still have the passion to compete in the sport they love.
  • Several NCWA members have gone on to become scholarship athletes at NCAA and NAIA institutions.
  • Several NCWA All-Americans have gone on to be NCAA All-Americans.
  • Several NCWA coaches have gone on to be NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA coaches.
  • Gives smaller colleges and universities the opportunity to begin a collegiate-level program.
  • Programs can be established and developed quickly without the traditional limitations of an NCAA team.
  • Funding of teams is open to many sources not allowable under NCAA rule.
  • Programs currently transitioning from one association to another (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, USCAA, NCCAA) have a place to compete in the post-season during their transitional period.
  • The NCWA is always looking to implement new rules and functions of collegiate, such as instant replay for officials and the Collegiate Cup.
  • The student-athletes are and have to be extremely hands-on in all of the team's operations and decision-making; this type of leadership training can prepare the student-athlete for their future careers whether in wrestling or not.
  • The NCWA is a governing body of wrestling and can make their own decisions as far as rules, procedures, and competition. This is evident with advances such as the GoGreco Program, instant replay and challenges in matches, and the Collegiate Cup championship format.
  • Talented high school student-athletes who were passed over by NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA schools have a chance to compete at an NCWA program.
  • Talented high school student-athletes who transferred out of an NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA school have a second chance to wrestle in college.
  • Some U.S. states do not have NCAA, NAIA, and/or NJCAA teams with wrestling, but do have at least one NCWA wrestling program, which can make it easier for high school athletes to decide where they want to wrestle in college in terms of financial costs.
  • The NCWA allows student-athletes four total seasons of eligibility with no time frame to complete them unlike the NCAA, who requires student-athletes to complete four seasons of eligibility in five years of enrollment starting from the student's first year at the school, and the NJCAA, requires student-athletes to complete two seasons of eligibility in three years of enrollment starting from the student's first year at the school.

Similarities with NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA, and WCWA[edit]

  • Collegiate weight classes are used (125, 133, 141, 149, 157, 165, 174, 184, 197, 285 lbs).
  • All meets and tournaments use NCAA rules and procedures.
  • All conferences host a Conference Championships tournament with a specific allotment of automatic qualifiers based on placement finish in the Conference Championships.
  • Like the NAIA, a school can enter two wrestlers in the same weight class at the Conference and National Championships (if they both qualify for the latter); one is deemed the scorer and the other the non-scorer (no advancement, match, or placement points are awarded to this wrestler).
  • Like the NAIA, the NCWA allows a student-athlete four total seasons of eligibility regardless of time frame. The NCAA require students to complete their four seasons of eligibility in five years starting from the student's first year of competition (barring a sixth-year grant for hardship). Athletes previously competing for an NCAA, NJCAA, or CCCAA program that transfer to the NCWA will still have the remaining number of eligible seasons without the previous time frame.
  • Like the WCWA, schools traditionally competing in the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, or CCCAA can all compete against one another.

Differences with NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA, and WCWA[edit]

As mentioned before, the NCWA allows many types of funding to its wrestling programs that might not be allowed by the NCAA. This can allow the wrestling team to grow at its own rate.

235 lb weight class[edit]

The NCWA is the only association with collegiate wrestling to offer an 11th weight class: 235 lbs. There are a number of benefits from this:

  • This weight class bridges the weight gap between the 197 lb and 285 lb weight classes, the biggest weight disparity among any two weight classes.
  • College wrestlers who wrestled in the 195 or 220 lb weight classes in high school might find this easier to compete in than having to wrestle at 197 lbs or 285 lbs.
  • Schools who have two or more prominent athletes in the 197 and/or 285 lb weight classes can now give their athletes another chance to succeed individually and earn team points.
  • Another weight class leads to higher team scores at tournaments.
  • The 11th weight class can often be used as a tiebreaker as the first criterion of "Number of Matches Won" in dual meet settings.

Collegiate Cup Championship Series[edit]

Starting in the 2013–2014 season, the National Championships in March and the Collegiate Cup Duals (previously known as the National Dual Meet Championship) directly related to each other in a team's point total. A team's finish at the Collegiate Cup Duals transferred to additional points being awarded at the National Championships.

The National Wrestling Coaches Association (or "NWCA") have a National Duals tournament for NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, NJCAA, and NCWA teams, but all do not tie into their respective National Championships point totals. Penn State University (NCAA D-I) won four straight National Championships from 2011 to 2014 – without ever competing in the NCAA D-I entry of the National Duals. The NCWA's National Championship Series is the first of any of the college divisions to have a true champion that is indicative of both its team's as well as its individuals' success.

GoGreco Program[edit]

Starting in 2016, the NCWA launched the GoGreco Program with USA Wrestling.[40] While USA Wrestling's Freestyle and Greco-Roman season and procedures are separate from the wrestling teams and individuals that participate in them, the NCWA owns and operates the GoGreco Program within their domain and directly controls and promotes another wrestling opportunity. This is the first collegiate-level Greco-Roman wrestling national championship. The inaugural championships will take place on June 3, 2017 in Dallas, Texas on the campus of Richland College.

The first tournament, the Texas GoGreco Championships, took place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Richland College. The University of North Texas won the tournament with six of seven wrestlers winning in the finals. Richland College and University of Houston–Downtown finished second and third, respectively.[41]

Women's Collegiate Wrestling[edit]

Whereas the WCWA has athletes compete in freestyle, the NCWA has its women's division compete in collegiate folkstyle wrestling. There are a number of teams that compete in both the WCWA and NCWA to give their athletes more competitive opportunity.

National Events[edit]

The NCWA sponsors eight national events:

  1. The Champions Challenge
  2. The NCWA National Duals
  3. Western Regional Duals
  4. Recruit Me High School Wrestling Combine
  5. National Collegiate Wrestling Championships
  6. The Women's Collegiate Wrestling Championships
  7. GoGreco National Championships
  8. The Vision Forum

Champions Challenge[edit]

From 2010-2011, the Champions Challenge was formed by the NAIA and NCWA to bring more highlight matches to the wrestling community by pitting NAIA All-Stars against NCWA All-Stars at each weight class in a dual meet (except for 235 lbs since the NAIA does not recognize that weight class in competition). The All-Stars were usually the highest returning All-American at each weight class barring injury; the coaching staffs were one or two coaches for each school represented in the dual. The NCAA Division II is slated to join in the next event.

Series history[edit]

Champions Challenge
Year Host city
(Host team)
Dual Meet Series Record
(Streak)
Winner Points Runner-up Points
2010 Orlando, Florida
(University of Central Florida)
NAIA 39 NCWA 3 NAIA 1-0 (1-0)
2011 Orlando, Florida
(University of Central Florida)
NAIA 23 NCWA 15 NAIA 2-0 (2-0)

National Dual Meet Championship[edit]

In 2008, the NCWA approved the National Dual Meet Championship where the top teams in the country would compete against one another to crown a true team champion starting in 2009. No other association had an official dual-based team champion at the time and that is still the case except in the NCWA. The current structure has 24 teams competing in a bracketed format down to 24 places.

In its thirteenth season, the NCWA hosted its first National Dual Meet Championship. Whereas the National Championships focuses more on individual success and teams can depend on one or a few exceptional wrestlers, the National Duals highlights teams with solid line-ups and good wrestlers at each weight class. It is common for teams that win or place highly in the National Duals to do so at the National Championships later. The National Duals usually take place in late January before the National Championships.

Starting in the 2013-2014 season, two changes took place: 1) the National Dual Meet Championship was now renamed as the Collegiate Cup Duals and 2) a team's finish at the Collegiate Cup Duals would earn it a certain amount of team points at the National Championships and aid them in winning it. Two major reasons for this change were to 1) encourage more teams to want to wrestle in the Collegiate Cup Duals and, 2) while still recognizing up to two different champions at the two different tournaments, one team could be determined as the best true overall team and individual wrestling champion that year.

During the 2017 Vision Forum, the NCWA ruled that the National Dual Meet Championship will be held on the eastern side of the United States during even-numbered years and on the western side of the United States during odd-numbered years.

6:12 Project[edit]

The 6:12 Project is a community outreach program created by the NCWA for its wrestlers, coaches, officials, volunteers, and staff to help the city hosting the NCWA National Duals. NCWA wrestling programs serve food to those in need and hold canned and non-perishable food drives. They later donate those goods, as well as clothes (especially jackets), to one of the city's organizations.

The name "6:12 Project" comes from the Biblical quote Ephesians chapter 6, verse 12 from the New Testament:

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against power, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."

The first 6:12 Project took place at the 2012 National Duals in Dalton, Georgia and repeated for the 2013 and 2014 events which were also held in Dalton. It is scheduled to continue at the 2015 Collegiate Cup Duals in Dalton again.

Team champions[edit]

NCWA National Dual Meet Championships
Year Host city
(Host team)
Finals match Notes
Winner Points Runner-up Points
2009 Murfreesboro, Tennessee
(Middle Tennessee State University)
Grand Valley State University [42] University of Central Florida
Inaugural event.
2010 Shelbyville, Tennessee
(Middle Tennessee State University and University of Georgia)
Marion Military Institute [43] The Apprentice School
2011 Dalton, Georgia
(Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center)
California Baptist University [44] University of Central Florida
First team to win event while in transition to another association.
2012 Dalton, Georgia
(Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center)
Liberty University [45][46] 25 Lindenwood University - St. Charles
15
2013 Dalton, Georgia
(Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center)
Lindenwood University - St. Charles [47][48] 30 Liberty University
19 First time the event was a rematch of the previous year's finals.
2014 Dalton, Georgia
(Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center)
Grand Canyon University [49] 23 Shorter University
19 First time the event became the Collegiate Cup Duals and team points were a factor for the overall Collegiate Cup championship.
2015 Dalton, Georgia
(Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center)
Liberty University [50] 37 The Apprentice School
9 First team to win event more than once.
2016 Dalton, Georgia
(Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center)
University of Central Florida [51] 32 Grand Valley State University
18
2017 Lynchburg, Virginia
(Liberty University)
Emmanuel College [52] 33 Liberty University
13
2018 Lynchburg, Virginia
(Liberty University)
Liberty University [53] 30 Emmanuel College
15
2019 TBD - Western location

NCWA Regional Duals Championship[edit]

Initially created as the Western Regional Duals, this event was created in order to give teams in the western and central part of North America the opportunity to compete in a national dual meet event like the National Dual Meet Championship.

Historically, the National Dual Meet Championship has been hosted on the eastern side of the United States in Georgia, Tennessee, or Virginia. When the Collegiate Cup was passed in 2013, questions and concerns were raised as to whether teams closer to the physical location of the National Dual Meet Championship would have an unfair competitive advantage in terms of championship points calculated for the Collegiate Cup series.

At the 2017 Vision Forum, the NCWA passed a resolution stating that in even-numbered years the National Duals would take place on the eastern side and the Regional Duals on the western side; in odd-numbered years, the National Duals would take place at a western location and the Regional Duals an eastern location.

Team champions[edit]

Regional Duals Championship
Year Host city
(Host team)
Finals match Notes
Winner Points Runner-up Points
2017 St. George, Utah
(Dixie State University)
Grays Harbor College[54] 33 Brigham Young University
23 Inaugural event.
2018 Las Vegas, Nevada
(Western High School)
Brigham Young University[55] 38
Colorado State University
10 First time a team appeared in consecutive finals matches
2019 TBD - Eastern location

"Recruit Me" High School Wrestling Combine[edit]

The day before competition starts at the National Championships, the NCWA hosts a wrestling combine for athletes to showcase their talents to observing college coaches. Most athletes are high school student-athletes which is the primary focus, however students at a post-secondary institution without a wrestling program may also attend. The event also allows students to ask questions about collegiate competition to college coaches.

Men's Collegiate Wrestling Championships[edit]

The first major event the NCWA hosted took place in 1998 was the inaugural National Championships with 26 teams in one division in the 10 then-standard weight classes. Since then, the event has grown to include approximately 340 qualifiers among 150+ teams within the 11 NCWA weight classes where two champions are crowned (Division I and Division II).

Here, individuals are recognized for their outstanding individual achievement. They can earn team points (unless they are the non-scorer on their team) by advancing through the tournament, scoring bonus points in matches, and placing in the top 8. Teams accumulate points from all of their scoring wrestlers. The National Championships have traditionally been held in the middle of March. Division I and Division II teams compete in one bracketed tournament where the overall team points are separated at the end between the two.

In 1998, the NCWA approved an eleventh weight class, the 235 lb weight class.

In 2007, the NCWA approved All-American status for wrestlers placing in top 8. Previously, only the top 6 wrestlers in each weight class were named All-Americans.

In 2010, the NCWA approved a two-division classification system - the Division I level composed of established teams meeting specific criteria and the Division II tier where up-start teams as well as teams aiming to join Division I would compete.

Since the 2013-2014 season when the Collegiate Cup championship series was passed, teams' National Championships points are added with their National Dual Meet Championship finish points to determine the overall team champion.

Team champions[edit]

National Championships
Year Host city
(Host team)
Team championship Most Outstanding Wrestler
(Team)
Winner Points Runner-up Points
1998 Dallas, Texas
(Richland College)
Yale University[56][57] 114.0 University of Georgia
99.0 Alex Tucker (University of Georgia)
1999 Dallas, Texas
(Richland College)
Pensacola Christian College [58] 196.0 The Apprentice School
167.5 Justin Bellman (Valley Forge Military Academy and College)
2000 Dallas, Texas
(Richland College)
Pensacola Christian College [59] 110.0 The Apprentice School
97.5 Mike Collins (University of Delaware)
2001 Dallas, Texas
(Richland College)
Grand Valley State University [60] 196.0 University of Delaware
112.5 Nate Thoreson (Pensacola Christian College)
2002 Easton, Pennsylvania
(Lafayette College)
Grand Valley State University [61] 199.5 University of Nevada, Reno
165.0 Travis Cross (Douglas College)
2003 Easton, Pennsylvania
(Lafayette College)
University of Nevada, Reno [62]
154.5 The Apprentice School
138.0 Jason Meister (Baptist Bible College)
2004 Dallas, Texas
(University of Texas at Dallas)
University of Central Florida [63] 166.0 Grand Valley State University
163.5 Willie Hosch (Catawba College)
2005 Dallas, Texas
(University of Texas at Dallas)
University of Central Florida [64] 171.0 Grand Valley State University
159.0 Steve McGettrick (Pensacola Christian College)
2006 Grand Rapids, Michigan
(Grand Valley State University)
Grand Valley State University [65] 188.0 The Apprentice School
114.5
2007 Dallas, Texas
(Garland Events Center)
Grand Valley State University [66] 184.5 University of Central Florida
139.5 Cee-Jay Hamilton (Marion Military Institute)
2008 Lakeland, Florida
(Lakeland Center)
Grand Valley State University [67][68] 135.5 Newman University
124.0 Adam Murray (University of Toledo)
2009 Hampton, Virginia
(Hampton University)
The Apprentice School [69][70] 118.5 Grand Valley State University
109.0 Cole VonOhlen (United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School)
2010 Hampton, Virginia
(Hampton University)
University Central Florida [71][72] 128.0 The Apprentice School
111.5 John Aikens (Grand Valley State University)
2011 Macon, Georgia
(Mercer University)
Division I: California Baptist University [73][74]
Division II: Northwest Missouri State University [75]

156.5
45.0

Division I: Grand Valley State University
Division II: University of Cincinnati

121.0
33.0

Herman Gillum (Mott Community College)
2012 Daytona Beach, Florida
(Ocean Center)

Division I: Notre Dame College [76][77][78]
Division II: Wichita State University [79][80]

168.0
57.5

Division I: California Baptist University
Division II: Northwest Missouri State University

161.0
27.0

Matthew Miller (United States Naval Academy Preparatory School)
2013 Allen, Texas
(Allen Event Center)

Division I: California Baptist University [81][82][83]
Division II: Massachusetts Institute of Technology [84][85]

145.5
50.5

Division I: McKendree University
Division II: University of South Carolina

137.0
41.0

2014 Allen, Texas
(Allen Event Center)

Division I: Grand Canyon University [86]
Division II: Florida Gulf Coast University [87]

254.5
67.5

Division I: Liberty University
Division II: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

171.5
60.5

Ryan Diehl (Liberty University)
2015 Allen, Texas
(Allen Event Center)

Division I: Liberty University [88]
Division II: Washington State University [89]

194.0
66.5

Division I: Middle Tennessee State University
Division II: University of Montana Western

127.5
59.5

Ryan Diehl (Liberty University)
2016 Kissimmee, Florida
(Silver Spurs Arena)

Division I: Emmanuel College [90]
Division II: University of Florida [91]

213.0
72.0

Division I: University of Central Florida
Division II:

191.0
59.5

Zachary Cooper (Grand Valley State University)
2017 Allen, Texas
(Allen Event Center)

Division I: Emmanuel College [92][93]
Division II: University of Maine [94][95]

233.5
61.5

Division I: Liberty University
Division II: University of Connecticut

155.5
57.0

2018 Allen, Texas
(Allen Event Center)

Division I: Liberty University [96]
Division II: Penn State University (NCWA) [97]

157
50

Division I: The Apprentice School
Division II: University of Akron

156.5
48.0

Women's Collegiate Wrestling Championships[edit]

The first Women's Collegiate Wrestling Championships took place at the 2008 National Championships. The NCWA sponsored this event under their new banner organization, the National Collegiate Women's Wrestling Association (NCWWA). The weight classes have been designed to closely resemble most female athletes' natural weight ranges as well as let programs that also compete in women's collegiate freestyle to acclimate to folkstyle competition. To date, the NCWA is still the only collegiate association in the United States to officially recognize women's collegiate wrestling. Whereas before matches were done using freestyle rules, as was the norm with associations like the WCWA, the NCWWA uses collegiate/folkstyle rules like in the NCWA, NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA.

No team score was recorded at the inaugural 2008 tournament, but since then team score has been kept. Bo Icalia and Josh White are tied for head coaches to have won the most titles; Icalia won the 2010 and 2011 titles as head coach of Yakima Valley Community College and the 2012 and 2013 titles as head coach of Southwestern Oregon Community College. White has won the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 titles all with Southwestern Oregon Community College.

The top 3 wrestlers in each weight class are recognized as All-Americans. University of South Florida's Jasmine Grant is the NCWWA's first and only 4x All-American (2011-2014) so far. University of Maine's Samantha Frank has won 3 national titles going into the 2017-2018 season.

The Women's College Wrestling Championships has traditionally been dominated by northern and northwestern teams.

Team champions[edit]

Women's Collegiate National Championships
Year Host city
(Host team)
Team championship Most Outstanding Wrestler
(Team)
Winner Points Runner-up Points
2008 Lakeland, Florida
(Lakeland Center)
No team score kept n/a No team score kept n/a
2009 Hampton, Virginia
(Hampton University)
Yakima Valley Community College[98] 73.0 Simon Fraser University
58.0 Ashlee Phy (Yakima Valley Community College)
2010 Hampton, Virginia
(Hampton University)
Yakima Valley Community College
2011 Macon, Georgia
(Mercer University)
Yakima Valley Community College[99] 124.0 Mercer University 45.0
2012 Daytona Beach, Florida
(Ocean Center)

Southwestern Oregon Community College[100]

83.5 Pacific University 61.5 Erica Poe (Southwestern Oregon Community College)
2013 Allen, Texas
(Allen Event Center)
Southwestern Oregon Community College[101] 100.0 Lindenwood University – Belleville 53.0 Sonia Beri (San Jose State University)
2014 Allen, Texas
(Allen Event Center)

Southwestern Oregon Community College[102]

77.0

West Chester University

31.0

2015 Allen, Texas
(Allen Event Center)

Southwestern Oregon Community College[103]

128.0

Ottawa University

98.0

Samantha Frank (University of Maine)
2016 Kissimmee, Florida
(Silver Spurs Arena)

Southwestern Oregon Community College

127.0

Ottawa University

83.5

Samantha Frank (University of Maine)
2017 Allen, Texas
(Allen Event Center)

Southwestern Oregon Community College

97.5

Ottawa University

69.5

Samantha Frank (University of Maine)
2018 Allen, Texas
(Allen Event Center)

Southwestern Oregon Community College

134

Midland University

52.5

Samantha Frank (University of Maine)

GoGreco National Championships[edit]

Approved in 2016, the GoGreco Program was launched with USA Wrestling in order to improve the U.S.A.'s performance in Junior- and Senior-level Greco-Roman competition. The GoGreco season starts on the last weekend of March and concludes with the GoGreco Collegiate National Championships on the first weekend of June.[104]

GoGreco Nationals is an open-entry event to any NCWA Member institution. NCAA, NAIA & NJCAA institutions that are not currently a member of the NCWA are encouraged to join the NCWA for the GoGreco Season and to send athletes to the Nationals. Student-athletes must maintain the same academic standards that are required of the NCWA and their member institutions in order to compete.

The inaugural championships took place on June 3, 2017 in Dallas, Texas on the campus of Richland College.

Team champions[edit]

GoGreco National Championships
Year Host city
(Host team)
Team championship Notes
Winner Points Runner-up Points
2017 Dallas, Texas
(Richland College)
University of North Texas[105] 55.0 Richland College 34.0 Inaugural championships

Vision Forum[edit]

Every year since 1997, the NCWA's Vision Forum convenes during the wrestling off-season in the summer and is held at about the same location as and set a few days before the National Wrestling Coaches Association Convention. The Vision Forum focuses on the NCWA rule changes, policies, and procedures from the previous season and if any modifications need to be made or new topics need to be discussed. The 2017 Vision Forum will be held from Wednesday, August 2 to Sunday, August 6 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Some important changes and events that have come from the Vision Forum:

  • National Duals and Regional Duals to switch between eastern- and western-based locations every year; passed in 2017
  • Western Regional Duals; passed in 2016
  • "Recruit Me" High School Wrestling Combine passed in 2015
  • Go Greco Initiative[106]; passed in 2015
  • Collegiate Cup National Championships Series; passed in 2013
  • National Collegiate Grappling Association; passed in 2013
  • Seven conferences re-aligned into nine conferences; passed in 2012
  • Use of mat-side instant replay for officials; passed in 2011
  • Two men's divisions - Division I and Division II; passed in 2010
  • National Dual Meet Championship; passed in 2008
  • National Collegiate Women's Wrestling Association; passed in 2007
  • Addition of 7th and 8th-place finishes at National Championships into All-American finishes; passed in 2006
  • First National Championships to take place outside of Texas; passed in 2001
  • Addition of an 11th weight class, the 235 lb weight class; passed in 1998

Team Championship History[edit]

1998 - 2007[edit]

  • Team championship determined by National Championships tournament.
National Champions 1998-2007
Year Team
1998 Yale University
1999 Pensacola Christian College
2000 Pensacola Christian College
2001 Grand Valley State University
2002 Grand Valley State University
2003 University of Nevada, Reno
2004 University of Central Florida
2005 University of Central Florida
2006 Grand Valley State University
2007 Grand Valley State University

2008 - 2010[edit]

  • Men's division determined by National Championships tournament.
  • Women's division determined by NCWWA National Championships tournament.
  • From 2009 - 2013, the National Dual Meet Championship was not a determining factor for a team championship.
National Champions 2008-2010
Year Men's Women's
2008 Grand Valley State University No team score kept
2009 The Apprentice School Yakima Valley Community College
2010 University of Central Florida Yakima Valley Community College

2011 - 2013[edit]

  • Both Men's divisions determined by National Championships tournament.
  • Women's division determined by NCWWA National Championships tournament.
  • From 2009 - 2013, the National Dual Meet Championship was not a determining factor for a team championship.
National Champions 2011-2013
Year Men's Division I Men's Division II Women's
2011 California Baptist University Northwest Missouri State University Yakima Valley Community College
2012 Notre Dame College Wichita State University Southwestern Oregon Community College
2013 California Baptist University Massachusetts Institute of Technology Southwestern Oregon Community College

2014 - 2016[edit]

  • Both Men's divisions determined by National Championships tournament.
  • Collegiate Cup determined by total team points among Division I and II teams from National Championships tournament and National Dual Meet Championship tournament.
  • Women's division determined by NCWWA National Championships tournament.
National Champions 2014-2016
Year Men's Division I Men's Division II National Duals Collegiate Cup Women's
2014 Grand Canyon University Florida Gulf Coast University Grand Canyon University Grand Canyon University Southwestern Oregon Community College
2015 Liberty University Washington State University Liberty University Liberty University Southwestern Oregon Community College
2016 Emmanuel College University of Florida University of Central Florida University of Central Florida Southwestern Oregon Community College

2017 - present[edit]

  • Both Men's divisions determined by National Championships tournament.
  • Collegiate Cup determined by total team points among Division I and II teams from National Championships tournament and National Dual Meet Championship tournament.
  • Women's division determined by NCWWA National Championships tournament.
  • GoGreco division determined by GoGreco National Championships
National Champions 2017–present
Year Men's Collegiate Folkstyle Women's Collegiate Folkstyle Men's Collegiate Greco-Roman
Men's Division I Men's Division II National Duals Collegiate Cup Women's GoGreco
2017 Emmanuel College University of Maine Emmanuel College Emmanuel College Southwestern Oregon Community College University of North Texas
2018 Liberty University Penn State University (NCWA) Liberty University Liberty University Southwestern Oregon Community College

Collegiate Cup Championship[edit]

At the 2013 Vision Forum, the NCWA approved a new National Championships Series to crown a true National Team Champion. With the National Dual Meet Championship, the team that wins the Collegiate Cup will earn 24 team points. The runner-up will receive 23, third-place 22, and so forth until the 23rd-place team receives 2 points. All other teams that participated, but did not place in the top 23 will receive 1 point. Those points will be carried over to the individual-based National Championships where teams will continue to score points based on their individual athletes' performances.

The winner of the Collegiate Cup will have accrued the most total points between both events and be presented with the College Cup as the overall NCWA National Champions. Grand Canyon University was the first champion of the new format in 2014.

Championship Year Champion School National Dual Meet Championship finish National Championships finish Notes
2014 Grand Canyon University 1st 1st - Division I
  • Inaugural Collegiate Cup champions
  • 1st team to sweep National Dual Meet Championship and National Championships in same season under the Collegiate Cup format
2015 Liberty University 1st 1st - Division I
2016 University of Central Florida 1st 2nd - Division I

1st team to win Collegiate Cup without winning both the National Dual Meet Championship and National Championships in same season

2017 Emmanuel College 1st 1st - Division I
2018 Liberty University 1st 1st - Division I

Structure[edit]

The NCWA is divided into nine regional conferences and two divisions. Division I programs are athletic department funded or have met the NCWA's D-I criteria. Many of the Division I programs also offer athletic scholarships. Division II teams are broken into categories; Emerging Programs, that are developing into Division I teams, and Clubs that operate on campuses where there are established NCAA/NCAA/NJCAA Teams; few Division II schools are of the latter circumstance. Schools whose wrestling teams are competing in the NCWA during their school's transitional period are placed into Division I.

In August 2010, the current two-division system was passed at that year's Vision Forum and implemented for the 2011 National Championships. Since then, California Baptist University has won two of the three Division I Championships while no team has won more than one Division II Championship.

Conferences[edit]

Conference Year Founded States/region Automatic Qualifiers per weight class Notable teams
Great Lakes 2012 6
  • Grand Valley State University
Great Plains 2012 3
  • United States Air Force Prep
  • Wayne State University
  • Colorado State University
Mid-Atlantic 2003 6
  • Liberty University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • The Apprentice School
Mid-East 2009 6
  • Penn State - DuBois
  • University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Northeast 1998
  • Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • Northeast
5
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • United States Military Academy Prep
  • United States Naval Academy Prep
Northwest 2001-2009, 2012 3
  • Central Washington University
  • Washington State University
  • Grays Harbor College
  • Montana Western University
Southeast 1998
  • Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi
  • Southeast
6
  • Emmanuel College
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Marion Military Institute
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of South Florida
Southwest 1998 2
  • University of Texas
West Coast 1998 2
  • University of Southern California

Former Conferences[edit]

Former Conference Years Active Region Notes
North Central Conference 2002-2012 Mid-west, northern, central, northwestern Split into Great Lake and Great Plains conferences due to large size
Northeastern Conference 1998-2001 Northeast, northern, Atlantic Renamed "Northeast Conference"
Northern Conference 1998-2002 Mid-west, northern Renamed "North Central Conference"
Northwestern Conference 2001-2002 Mountain, northwest, Pacific Renamed "Northwest Conference"
Southeastern Conference 1998-2002 Atlantic, southern, southeastern Renamed "Southeast Conference"
Southwestern Conference 1998-2002 Central, Mid-west, southern Renamed "Southwest Conference"
West Conference 2003-2005 Pacific, northwest, southwest, west Renamed "West Coast Conference"
Western Conference 1998-2001 Pacific, northwest, southwest, west Renamed "West Conference"

Wrestling clubs in the NCWA: Bloomsburg University, Edinboro University, Ferrum College, Fresno State University, Iowa State University, Lehigh University, Michigan State University, Northern Illinois University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, Sacred Heart University, State University of New York - Cortland, University of Buffalo, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Northern Colorado, University of Pittsburgh, University of Wisconsin, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech University.

Notable people[edit]

The NCWA has had thousands of alumni since it began in 1997. Notable alumni include:

NCWA Gear[111][edit]

NCWA Gear is the official apparel of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association. Based out of Orlando, Florida, the business sells sublimated athletic apparel designed for wrestling and mixed martial arts practice and competition for both men and women of all ages. NCWA Gear also offers full customization on its products.

In 2015, USA Wrestling named NCWA Gear's Florida National Team Uniforms for Fargo as the "Best Uniform Package." Mixed martial artists Josh "The Goods" Woods and Daniel "The Animal" Martinez both wore NCWA Gear while fighting.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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