Wildcat Wrestlers Post 10th Place Finish During NCWA National Duals

MESQUITE, NV – After a month off from competition, the Wayne State College club wrestling program was back in action during the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) National Duals.

For the first time in the current format of its 11-year history, the National Duals traveled west.

The inaugural National Duals began on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in 2009. The Dual Tournament then worked its way through Georgia and Virginia and this past weekend Mesquite, Nevada.

Following an 0-3 start on Friday, January 25, the Wildcats bounced back with a 2-1 Saturday to place 10th in the 16-team tournament.

In Pool C, the ‘Cats opened with a 56-0 defeat to #3 Grand Valley State, shutout 55-0 by #5 Central Florida before falling to #13 Colorado State 31-18.

Seeded 11th, Wayne State College then defeated #14 Maine in the consolation quarterfinals, 42-6 and got past #9 Washington State, 37-24 before dropping a 28-18 dual with Colorado State in the consolation championship ninth place match.

The top individual Wildcat was Hunter Weiss (149) who went 5-1.

The Wayne State College club wrestling program will next compete in the Sioux City Open held in South Sioux City, Nebraska this Saturday. WSC will then be off for another week before closing out the regular season during the Winona NCWA Invite on February 16.

The Southwest Conference National Qualifier will take place on March 2 at Richland Community College in Dallas, Texas while the NCWA Nationals are slated for March 14-16 in Allen, Texas.

Beginning in 2019, the National Duals will be held in the western portion of the country in odd years with the Regional Duals held in the eastern portion of the country (this year held in Murfreesboro, TN by host MTSU). The hosting sites will switch back in 2020 with the east hosting the National Duals and west hosting the Regional Duals.


Championship Quarterfinals
(1) Liberty 43, (8) UNLV 15
(5) Central Florida 25, (4) Springfield Tech 23
(3) Grand Valley State 29, (6) Grays Harbor 24
(2) Apprentice 57, (7) Toledo 6

Championship Semifinals
Liberty 30, Central Florida 17
Apprentice 32, Grand Valley State 14

Liberty 28, Apprentice 18

Third-place Match
Grand Valley State 36, Central Florida 11

Fifth-Place Semifinals
Springfield Tech 30, UNLV 28
Grays Harbor 56, Toledo 5

Fifth-Place – Springfield Tech 32, Grays Harbor 23

Seventh-Place – UNLV 45, Toledo 12

Consolation Quarterfinals
(9) Washington State 52, (16) Cal State Northridge 6
(11) Wayne State 42, (14) Maine 6
(13) Colorado State 37, (12) Dixie State 12
(15) MIT 28, (10) Richland College 27

Consolation Semifinals
Wayne State 37, Washington State 24
Colorado State 39, MIT 3

Consolation Championship (Ninth Place)
Colorado State 28, Wayne State 18

11th-Place – Washington State 39, MIT 20

13th-Place Semifinals
Maine 30, Cal State Northridge 27
Richland 41, Dixie State 24

13th-Place – Maine 26, Richland 24

15th-Place – Dixie State 33, Cal State Northridge 18

National Team Points advanced for Grand National Championship: Liberty (20), Apprentice (19), Grand Valley (18), Central Florida (17), Springfield Tech (16), Grays Harbor (15), UNLV (14), Toledo (13), Colorado State (12), Wayne State College (11), Washington State (10), MIT (9), Maine (8), Richland (7), Cal State Northridge (5)