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College post-season begins with four NCWWC women’s regionals and one NAIA women’s conference meet

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Returning NCWWC champion and Northwest Regional champion Emily Shilson of Augsburg controls an opponent. Photo courtesy of Augsburg Athletics.

Are you ready for the college post season? It gets underway this weekend.

While the men’s college teams are finishing their dual meet season, many of the women’s college teams are getting their post season underway. There will be four NCWWC (NCAA-only) women’s regionals on tap this weekend, as well as the first of the NAIA women’s conference events.

For the NCAA schools, this is the qualifier for their national tournament, the NCWWC National Championships held at Adrian College on March 4-5. The top five place winners in each weight class will advance. Each team can bring as many as 15 athletes to their regional.

The NAIA Conference tournaments for women do not qualify for the national event, but the results will be important for seeding. The NAIA Women’s Invitational on March 11-12 in Jamestown, N.D., March 11-12 and each NAIA women’s team can bring as many as 12 athletes to compete there. The first conference event is the Mid-South Championships on Sunday.

We will take a closer look at each of these tournaments this weekend.

NCWWC Northeast Regional, at Gannon University, Erie, Pa., Sunday February 20
Ranked Teams: No. 8 Tiffin University, No. 9 Adrian College, No. 12 Gannon University, No. 14 tie Sacred Heart University,
Other Teams (alphabetical): Albion College, Davenport University, Delaware Valley University, East Stroudsburg University, Elmira College, Hiram College, Lock Haven University, New Jersey City University
Defending champion: Tiffin
Returning Regional champions: Shanna Morris of Tiffin (101), Emily Mendez of Adrian (109), Sugey Ceja of Tiffin (116), Trinity Berry of Tiffin (123), Lana Perez of Gannon (130), Zoe Nowicki of Adrian (143), Jasmine Hale of Adrian (170)
Talented freshmen: Olivia Shore of Tiffin (No. 1 at 101),

NCWWC Northwest Regional at UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wis., Sunday, February 20
Ranked Teams: No. 3 Simon Fraser University, No. 4 North Central College, No. 5 Augsburg University, No. 12 UW-Stevens Point,
Other Teams (alphabetical): Aurora University, Carthage College, Lakeland University, Northern Michigan University, Pacific University, Trine University,

Defending champion: North Central
Returning Regional champions: Brooke Thurber of UW-Stevens Point (101), Emily Shilson of Augsburg (109), Abby Nelson of UW-Stevens Point (116), Asia Nguyen-Smith of North Central (123), Gabby Skidmore of Augsburg (130), Autumn Flanigan of Augsburg (136), Kya Rybachek of Augsburg (143), Marlynne Deede of Augsburg (155), Yelena Makoyed of North Central (170), Melissa Jacobs of Augsburg (191)
Talented freshmen: Katie Lange of Augsburg (No. 3 at 143), Sara Sulejmani of North Central (No. 4 at 136), Amani Jones of North Central (No. 4 at 123)

NCWWC Southeast Regional, Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs, Ga., Saturday, February 19
Ranked Teams: No. 1 King University, No. 6 Presbyterian College, No. 10 Emmanuel College, No. 14 tie Limestone University
Other Teams (alphabetical): Emory & Henry College, Ferrum College, Greensboro College, Lincoln Memorial University
Defending champion: King
Returning Regional champions: Jaclyn McNichols of King (101), Jaslyn Gallegos of Presbyterian (116), Cheyenne Sisenstein of King (123), Ana Luciano of King (136), Ashlynn Ortega of King (143), Heaven Byrd of Emmanuel (170).
Talented freshmen: Montana Delawder of King (No. 1 at 130), Cheyenne Bowman of King (No. 1 at 170), Samara Chavez of King (No. 2 at 109), Sage Mortimer of King (No, 2 at 116)

NCWWC Southwest Regional, McKendree University, Lebanon, Ill., Sunday, February 20
Ranked Teams: No. 2 McKendree University, No. 7 Colorado Mesa University, No. 13 Lindenwood University,
Other Teams (alphabetical): Augustana University, Chadron State University, Fontbonne University, Schreiner University, University of the Ozarks, Westminster College, William Jewell College
Defending champion: McKendree
Returning Regional champions: Lizette Rodriguez of McKendree (101), Natalie Reyna of McKendree (109), Felicity Taylor of McKendree (116), Payton Stroud of McKendree (123), Cameron Guerin of McKendree (130), Alara Boyd of McKendree (155), Joey Levendusky of McKendree (170), Sydnee Kimber of McKendree (191), plus Kayla Marano of McKendree (2021 SE Regional champ for Emmanuel)
Talented freshmen: Jaycee Foeller of McKendree (No. 2 at 191), Claire Dicugno of Colorado Mesa (No. 3 at 130), Skye Realin of McKendree (No. 3 at 136)

NAIA Mid-South Conference Championships at Bowling Green, Ky., Sunday, February 20
Ranked Teams: No. 3 Life University, No. 4 Campbellsville University, No. 7 University of the Cumberlands, No. 13 tie Indiana Tech, No. 18 Brewton Parker
Other Teams (alphabetical): Lourdes University, St. Andrews University
Defending champion: Campbellsville
Returning Regional champions: Elizabeth Dosado of Cumberlands (101), McKayla Campbell of Campbellsville (109), Peyton Prussin of Life (116), Julia Vidallon of Life (123), Randi Robinson of Campbellsville (136), Emma Walker of Campbellsville (143), Kendra Thompson of Campbellsville (155), Maquoia Bernabe of Univ. of the Cumberlands (191)
Talented freshmen: Salyna Shotwell of Life (No. 3 at 116), India Page of Brewton Parker (No. 3 at 155)

Note: there will be four other NAIA Conference meets, which we will preview next week.

February 26 - Cascade Conference Championships at Great Falls, Montana

February 26 - Heart of America Conference at Baldwin City, Kansas.

February 26 - Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference at Leavenworth, Kansas

February 26 - Sooner Athletic Conference Championships at Oklahoma City, Okla.