The top seeds were five for five at this weekend's Mat Mayhem.
In each of five divisions, the No. 1 seeds – Notre Dame College, Wartburg, Grand View, Clackamas, and King – came out on top at the 2014 NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals Mat Mayhem at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines Sunday afternoon.
The two-day event, now in its third year, features dual-meet matches between top teams in NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), Women's, and NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association). A separate Division I "Mat Mayhem" 24-team, two-weekend, dual-meet tournament will be held at Ohio State February 16-17.
Only two of last year’s team titlewinners – Wartburg, and Grand View – were able to successfully defend their 2013 National Duals championships.
Here's a division-by-division look at the champs (click on the link for access to brackets):
NCAA Division II: No. 1 seed Notre Dame College of Ohio topped No. 5 Newberry, 28-3, in the finals Sunday afternoon. The Falcons got to the finals by beating University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 33-3, in the first round… then topped Ouachita Baptist in the quarterfinals, 36-6… and beat 2013 National Duals D2 champ St. Cloud State – and its 54-dual win streak – 23-16. Newberry beat Minnesota State-Mankato, Ft. Hays State, and Central Oklahoma to find itself in the finals.
NCAA Division III: In the finals, top-seeded Wartburg beat Concordia, 29-6, to win its fourth straight National Duals D3 team title. The Knights made it to the finals by beating New York University, 38-7… then besting Mount Union, 34-10, in the quarterfinals… and Wisconsin-Whitewater, 24-9 in the semis. Concordia had topped UW-La Crosse, Wabash and Augsburg on its way to the title match.
NAIA: Grand View of Iowa handed Lindsey Wilson a 32-6 loss to successfully defend its National Duals NAIA title. The Des Moines-based school qualified for the title match by dominating Oklahoma City University, 34-6… Indiana Tech, 32-9… and Great Falls, 29-3. Lindsey Wilson defeated Morningside, Missouri Valley, and Cumberland in earlier-round competition.
NJCAA: No. 1 seed Clackamas Community College handed Northwest a 30-13 loss to win the National Duals two-year college crown. The Oregon school smashed Pratt, 52-3, topped North Iowa Area Community College, 35-10, and Ellsworth, 41-1 prior to the finals… while Northwest beat Colby, Muskegon and Iowa Central.
Women’s Division: Top-seeded King unseated 2013 National Duals women’s champ Simon Fraser, 21-19, to win this year’s championship. Prior its finals with Simon Fraser, King defeated McKendree, 45-2, and Wayland Baptist, 36-7… while Simon Fraser had won against University of the Cumberlands and Oklahoma City University.
Want to know more? For results and coaches' quotes from this weekend's multi-divisional Mat Mayhem, check out Dan McCool's article for Amateur Wrestling News.
Chart the changes to the National Duals over the years by reading this May 2013 article at College Wrestling Examiner.
Take a look back... Check out College Wrestling Examiner's list Top Ten Stories of 2013.
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