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Southern Virginia University wrestling elevated from club to NCAA status

Southern Virginia University wrestling, headed up by Logan Davis, will compete in NCAA Division III starting this fall
Southern Virginia University wrestling, headed up by Logan Davis, will compete in NCAA Division III starting this fall
Logo and photo courtesy of Southern Virginia University, used with permission

The wrestling program at Southern Virginia University is moving from club status to becoming a NCAA Division III varsity competitor, the Buena Vista, Va. school announced Tuesday.

With the upgrade, which goes into effect for the 2014-15 season, Southern Virginia will be the third Division III wrestling program in Virginia, joining Ferrum College, and Washington & Lee University.

Logan Davis, head coach for the SVU wrestling club, will continue to head up the program once it moves to NCAA D3 status. Davis, a 2009 Southern Virginia graduate, was a two-time USCAA Academic All-American in both cross country and wrestling. Davis was also a three-time qualifier for the NCWA (National College Wrestling Association) national tournament in the 133-pound weight class.

This past season, the wrestling club sent six individuals to the NWCA national championships while five were named USCAA All-Academic honorees. Coulter Sims, a junior at SVU, was also recognized as an NWCA All-Academic recipient.

Since the 1999-2000 season, the Southern Virginia wrestling club can claim 17 NCWA All-Americans, including two national champions: Nate Casperson (2000), and three-time champ Peter Rose (2008-10).

"We're excited to add wrestling as an official sport at Southern Virginia and continue the proud history of the program," said Director of Athletics Jason Lamb. "Our wrestling program is the only one offered in a Latter-day Saint environment, so to become an official sport will attract additional wrestlers who want live by the code of honor and compete at an NCAA level. Coach Davis is doing a great job with the team and we're excited to see them compete at a higher standard of competition."

Coach Logan was equally eager to take the wrestling program to a new level.

"We are very excited to compete at a higher level and see how we match up on a national stage," said head coach Davis. "This is the next step in our evolution and we are prepared to meet the new challenges that will be presented. A varsity wrestling program pairs very well with the overall mission of the school. Wrestling is about more than brute strength - it's about developing the complete self. I believe we can quickly rise to national recognition.

"There is a lot of untapped wrestling talent out there and I believe recruits will see the commitment of the university to its wrestling program and desire to join our team."

According to the school's official website, Southern Virginia University can trace its roots back to 1867, developing into a women’s college. The school welcomed men in 1994, and, two years later, became affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It changed its name from Southern Virginia College to its present name in 2001.