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  1. Memories of championships past

    by , 03-16-2009 at 10:19 AM
    The most popular three days in American amateur wrestling starts Thursday in Saint Louis ? the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. All other college divisions have crowned their champions like one long series of opening acts for the headliner.

    WCWA Oklahoma City University
    NCWA The Apprentice School
    NJCAA Iowa Central Community College
    NAIA Lindenwood University
    NCAA DIII Wartburg College
    NCAA DII University of Nebraska-Omaha
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  2. What a weekend

    by , 03-09-2009 at 11:03 AM
    What a weekend! Arguably, it was the biggest weekend of the year for college wrestling. It was qualifying weekend for NCAA Division I schools and the NCAA Division III and the NAIA held their national championships. Thousands of college wrestlers were on the mat vying for a trip to St Louis for the Division I Championships or competing for All-American status.

    Media coverage of the week was exceptional. I am a minor contributor to the fledgling College Wrestling Network, a consortium ...
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  3. Twas the night before nationals

    by , 03-05-2009 at 10:10 PM
    Twas the night before nationals (Division III) and all through the Marriott?

    I held my second annual Division III Championships reception today. Fans from St Johns, The College of New Jersey, Coe and Cornell showed up. I got to see the team from UW La Crosse and I introduced myself to MIT heavyweight Glenn Geesman and his coach, Tom Layte. We also had a few local Hawkeye fans in attendance. Attendance was down from last year and I?m hoping that is not any indication of how the weekend ...
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  4. Fighting off our backs

    by , 03-02-2009 at 09:18 AM
    They?re almost here ? the 2009 NCAA Division III Championships begin this Friday in Cedar Rapids. Almost inevitably, at some point in the tournament, some wrestler is going to fight off his back and win a match. Great comebacks are a part of any sport, but there?s something about a competitor fighting through adversity on the mat that is particularly inspiring. In my days as a Hawkeye fan I?ve been luck enough to witness some great comebacks ? Lincoln McIlravy over Gerry Abbas and Terry Steiner ...
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  5. Heavyweights in the Classroom - The Road to Cedar Rapids (Part 5)

    by , 02-16-2009 at 11:43 AM
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNeFhQw_-3Q

    During the 2008 NCAA Division III heavyweight wrestling finals, announcer, Sandy Stevens pointed out that the two combatants each had 3.85 GPAs. Champion Dan Laurent from UW-La Crosse is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology and Wartburg?s runner up, Brian Borchers majored in mathematics. Both were academic All-Americans. Borchers won an NCAA post graduate scholarship and is now working toward his PhD in math at the University of Iowa. ...
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