St. Cloud State, Wartburg, and Grand View successfully defended their titles at the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen Multi-Divisional National Duals at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Ill. Sunday.
The event, now in its second 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 in February.
NCAA Division II: No. 4 seed St. Cloud State edged No. 7 Notre Dame College of Ohio, 17-15, in the D2 finals.. SCSU had earned its way to the title match by first defeating No. 8 Upper Iowa, 29-12, then topping Wisconsin-Parkside 27-9 in the semifinals. Notre Dame upset No. 2 Newberry and No. 3 Central Oklahoma to qualify for the finals.
NCAA Division III: In a battle of the top two seeds, No. 1 Wartburg College defeated No. 2 Elmhurst College, 24-10 to win the D3 title. Prior to the finals, Wartburg had defeated No. 9 seed Ithaca, 33-6, then handed No. 5 Centenary College a 23-12 loss. Elmhurst had beaten No. 10 Wisconsin-Whitewater and No. 3 SUNY Courtland by the scores of 26-9 and 26-19, respectively.
NAIA: In another match-up of the two top seeds, No. 1 Grand View of Iowa edged No. 2 Southern Oregon, 20-18, to win the NAIA title. Before the title match, Grand View had dominated Dickinson State, 39-8 before handing Campbellsville a 32-4 loss... while Southern Oregon had topped Baker 34-11, then No. 3 seed Great Falls, 23-19.
Women: In the title match, Canada's third-seeded Simon Fraser upset No. 1 Oklahoma City University, 27-13. It was the first time the OCU Stars had not won the Women's division at the National Duals since 2007. Simon Fraser earned its way to the title match by topping No. 6 seed University of the Cumberlands, 26-3 and No. 2 King, 27-13. OCU had beaten No. 8 Waldorf, 21-3, then handed No. 5 Missouri Valley a 33-7 defeat.
NJCAA: In a battle of Kansas-based two-year colleges, No. 1 seed Labette beat No. 3 seed Colby Community College, 39-3. Before the finals, Labette easily handled No. 8 seed Iowa Lakes, 41-6, then topped Niagara, 46-6, while Colby topped No. 6 Harper, 25-15, then upset No. 2 seed Iowa Central, 36-9..
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