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HAMPTON, VA. -- It must be something with hometown advantage.

After participating in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships for 11 years, the Apprentice School brought home its first-ever team national championship on Saturday night at Hampton University Convocation Center. The Builders amassed 118.5 points to outdistance three-time defending champion Grand Valley State who scored 109 points in the 84-team event.

The national championship for the wrestling team marked the first ever team championship for the Builders who have now won seven individual national champions.

"I thought we had potential with this young team," said Apprentice School Head Coach Bruce Shumaker. "Right now it's amazing, they did a tremendous job this weekend and we got a championship now." He was honored at the post-event banquet as the 2009 National Coach of the Year.

What helped the Builders as they had four wrestlers wrestling for third place or higher, while the Lakers had four wrestlers wrestling for fifth place and one for a national championship. The advancement point victories helped the Builders clinch the national championship halfway through the final round.

Senior Cecil Lee became the first individual champion for the Apprentice School as he won the 285 pound championship match with a 4-1 decision over Tim Rose of Amerhst College. Lee iced the championship with a two-point takedown with 1:25 left in the third period and held on for his school record 46th victory on the season. Earlier Saturday he defeated Chris DeScantis of Pittsburgh 1-0 to advance to the finals. His 46 wins set the school single-season victory record that was held by current assistant coach Micah Amrozowicz with 45. The last individual champion for the Builders was York High graduate Sinque Holmes who won the heavyweight championship in 2002.

"To do this in our area is quite a way to finish my career," said Lee. "It felt like I was at home with all the fans cheering in the finals."

Freshman Marcus Chevres fell behind early in his match with Steven West for the 133 pound championship and lost a 16-7 major decision. On the season he finished with a 26-17 record and went 4-1 in the tournament. Earlier on Saturday the Norfolk, Va. native advanced to the finals with a 10-5 win over Joey Heersche of Kansas State.

NWCA NATIONALS
at Hampton, Va.

Men's results


125 lbs.
Ch. - Aso Palani, Douglas College, def. Reece Freeman, Marion Military Institute, 14-7
3rd - Frito Cherenfant, Central Florida, def. Brian Borst, Hudson Valley CC, 17-7
5th - Brian Borst, Hudson Valley CC, def. Jonathan Murray, Grand Valley State, 6-3
7th - Craig Addison, Northwest Missouri State, def. Joe Jellison, Lee Univ., 8-4

133 lbs.
Ch. - Steven West, U.S. Military Academy Prep, def. Marcus Chevres, The Apprentice School, 16-7
3rd - Steve DeAugustino, Central Florida, def. Keaton Taylor, Kansas State, by fall 1:15
5th - Joey Heersche, Kansas State def. Ethan Martinez, U.S. Air Force Acad. Prep, 5-2
7th - Ethan Kirk, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, def. Gavin Shoemo, Marion Military Institute, 4-2 OT

141 lbs.
Ch. - Cole VonOhlen, U.S. Air Force Academy Prep, def. Justin Bowser, Md.-Baltimore County, by fall 2:38
3rd - Mario Giordano, Northampton CC, def. Ty Holley, The Apprentice School, 5-1
5th - Paul Hallowell, Penn State, def. Mark Burchhardt, Hudson Valley CC, injury forfeit
7th - Jason Musall, Mott CC, def. Wade McCorkel, Penn State, by fall 2:06

149 lbs.
Ch. - Dillon Evans, West Chester, def. Thomas Pipes, Kansas State, 20-3
3rd - Alex Broadwater, Md.-Baltimore County, def. Jeffrey Slaughter, Louisiana State, by fall 1:25
5th - Chris Piccolella, U.S. Naval Academy Prep, def. Cody Struening, Northampton CC, 7-5
7th - Lance Goodell, Mott CC, def. Matt Perry, The Apprentice School, injury default
157 lbs.
Ch. - Peter Rose, Southern Virginia, def. Andrew Ritchie, Northampton, 12-7
3rd - Matt Jackson, U.S. Naval Academy Prep, def. Eric Powell, Williamson School of Free Trade, 3-2
5th - Mike Leonard, Grand Valley State, def. Ryan Witzel, Central Florida, 8-4
7th - Ryan Michaels, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, def. Greg Burger, Bowling Green State, 4-1

165 lbs.
Ch. - Jake Schalles, U.S. Naval Academy Prep, def. Eric Gobin, U.S. Military Academy Prep, 6-1
3rd - Nick Newell, Kansas State, def. Derrick Lucas, Marion Military Institute, 3-1
5th - Will Harcum, The Apprentice School, def. Steve Bauer, Mott CC, 8-3
7th - Michael Wright, Delaware, def. Blake Reed, So. Illinois-Edwardsville, pin 0:52

174 lbs.
Ch. - Ross Cravens, Kennesaw State, def. Richard Doherty, Grand Valley State, tech fall 18-1
3rd - Oscar Huntley, U.S. Naval Academy Prep, def. Charles Mills, The Apprentice School, maj. dec. 14-6
5th - Michael Bard, Delaware, def. Christopher Hauser, Central Florida, 11-5
7th - Kyler Kirkwood, Marion Military Institute, def. Doug Rivas, Texas, 12-6
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184 lbs.
Ch. - Steve Gerrard, Colorado State, def. Richard Rippy, Central Florida, 5-1
3rd - Harrison Cook, Blair Academy, def. Garrett Johnston, Oakland Univ., 11-6
5th - Greg Cormier, Massachusetts, def. Jerod Northcott, Mercer, 5-4 (OT)
7th - Will Vincent, Mott CC, def. Benjamin Harding, Weber State

197 lbs.
Ch. - Nick Hylton, U.S. Naval Academy Prep, def. Dan Brower, Miami (Ohio), 9-8
3rd - Jaret Grossman, Bryant Univ., def. Nathan Behrent, Florida Gulf Coast,
5th - Kelvin Miller, Grand Valley State, def. Ryan Bok, Colorado State, 7-0
7th - Dominic DeMarco, Marion Military Institute, def. Tim Smell, U.S. Air Force Academy Prep,

235 lbs.
Ch. - Guy Matisis, Amherst, def. Lucas Borrneman, Middle Tennessee State, 8-7
3rd - Chris Manna, Blair Academy, def. Josh Avery, Northeastern, 5-2
5th - Joe Kuzmicz, Grand Valley State, def. Alex Driggers, Radford,
7th - Isaiah Bradley, Middle Tennessee State, def. Jared Erickson, U.S. Air Force Academy Prep,

285 lbs.
Ch. - Cecil Lee, The Apprentice School, def. Tim Rose, Amherst, 4-1
3rd - Corey Melinn def. Alan Lutterman, U.S. Military Academy Prep, 5-4 tiebreaker
5th - Pete Hanson, Southern Virginia, def. Chris DeSanctis, Pittsburgh,
7th - Michael Mullen, Marion Military Institute, def. Shawn Yuncker, Mott CC

MEN'S FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
Men
1. The Apprentice School (Newport News, Va.) .............118.5 points
2. Grand Valley State (Allendale, Mich.) .......................109
3. U.S. Naval Academy Prep (Newport, R.I.)..............96.5
4. Marion Military Institute (Marion, Ala.) ...................96
5. Central Florida ..................................85.5
6. U.S. Military Academy Prep (Fort Monmouth, N.J.) .............69
7. U.S. Air Force Academy Prep (Colo. Springs, Colo.) .........64.5
8. Mott Community College (Flint, Mich.).................63
9t. Northampton Community College (Bethlehem, Pa.) ..........56.5
9t. Kansas State ...............................................56.5
11. Maryland-Baltimore County ...................................54
12. Southern Virginia .......................................49.5
13. Colorado State ...........................................44.5
14. Amherst College .........................................44
15. Kennesaw State (Kennesaw, Ga.) ................35
16. Delaware ................................................33
17. Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) ..................32
18. Hudson Valley Community College (Hudson, N.Y.) ........31.5
19. Douglas College (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) ............29
20. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville ...................28

Championship Results - Women's Competition
(Top 3 are recognized as NCWA All-Americans)


105 lbs.
Ch. - Tamika Jones, Yakima Valley, wins by forfeit

112 lbs.
Ch. - Sevah Palani, Douglas College, def. Cady Chambers, 18-9

121 lbs.
Ch. - Laura Wilson, Simon Fraser, def. Carone Rozeet, Pacific, tech. fall 19-3
3rd - Christine Stanley, Yakima Valley

130 lbs.
Ch. - Ashlee Phy, Yakima Valley, def. Summer Scott, Pacific,
3rd - Summer Steenberg, Pacific

139 lbs.
Ch. - Raisa Dickenson, Simon Fraser, def. Stevie Ratto, San Jose State,
3rd - Rachel Segura, Yakima Valley

148 lbs.
Ch. - Sidney Morrison, Simon Fraser, def. Jo Ielu, Yakima Valley,
3rd - Brandi Rearden, Mercer

159 lbs.
Ch. - Monique Dilliner, Yakima Valley, def. Taylor Dick, Simon Fraser,
3rd - Erin Fiero, San Jose State

Unlim.
Ch. - Rebecca Hofmann, Pacific, def. Erin Patterson, Mercer

TOP FOUR TEAM SCORES - WOMEN'S DIVISION
1. Yakima Valley CC (Washington) ....................73 points
2. Simon Fraser (Canada) ..............................57.5
3. Pacific (California)..............................35.5
4. San Jose State (California) .......................15
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