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USMC/NWCA Multi-Division National Duals invade Louisville with 95 teams across six college divisions

by Jason Bryant, NWCA

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Louisville, Kentucky — The Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville will once again play host to the NWCA’s annual Multi-Division National Duals, which will feature 95 men’s and women’s programs in six divisions.

WHAT: U.S. Marine Corps NWCA Multi-Division National Dual Meet Championships
WHERE: Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville, Kentucky
WHEN: January 6-7, 2023
WATCH: Flowrestling
NCAA Women
NAIA Women

The 2022 U.S. Marine Corps NWCA Multi-Division National Dual Meet Championship takes place January 6-7. The first whistle blows on Friday morning at 10 a.m. with championship bracket action starting across 16 mats.

“We are excited to once again welcome our teams to Louisville for the National Duals. The Kentucky Expocenter has provided us a fantastic venue for this great event,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “These two action packed days of wrestling will highlight some of the top programs from across the country. We can’t wait to get things kicked off Friday morning and crown our National Champions Saturday evening.”

Of the 95 teams, 13 different schools will have both their men’s and women’s wrestling teams in action.

“We are excited to crown dual meet champions Saturday and to put on this great event for so many teams,” said Jackie Paquette, NWCA Deputy Director. “This event brings together both men and women from across the country, and across governing bodies. We are going to have some terrific wrestling here in Louisville this weekend.”

Division II Men
Central Oklahoma snapped St. Cloud State’s NCAA-record 77 match dual meet win streak in the finals in 2022. St. Cloud State set the mark one round earlier in a semifinal win over Nebraska-Kearney. The top-seeded Bronchos have won 19 duals in a row, dating back to the 2019-20 season and will open up with longtime Division II contender Augustana (S.D.). Nebraska-Kearney, winner of National Duals championships in 2003 and 2007, will be seeded second and open up with Newberry, which made a Cinderella run into the semifinals last season. St. Cloud State has won six Division II National Duals titles. The Huskies are seeded third and will open up with Mercyhurst, while West Liberty is seeded fourth. The Hilltoppers will face Colorado Mesa in the opening round. Lander, Upper Iowa, Mary and Indianapolis round out the top eight seeds.

Division III Men
Wartburg and Augsburg were both unable to attend in 2022, and both programs look to assume their place atop of the Division III National Duals. Last year was the first time in the division’s history either of the ‘Burgs didn’t win the title. With 123 teams, Division III is the largest division sponsoring wrestling among NCAA divisions. With 24 teams, the Division III bracket is also the largest in the event. Eight opening round matches will feed into matches as the top eight seeds will await the winners of the opening round. Top-seeded Wartburg, 12-time winners, will face the winner of Millikin and NYU. Second-seeded Augsburg, winners on seven occasions, will take on the winner of the Averett-Luther dual. Last year’s champion, UW-La Crosse, will be seeded third and take on the winner of the Castleton-Olivet dual. Fourth-seeded Johnson & Wales will await the winner of the Mount Union-TCNJ dual. The winner of the RIT-Coe dual will face fifth-seeded North Central College (Ill.). Wabash is seeded sixth and will face either UW-Platteville or Wilkes. Rapidly improving UW-Eau Claire comes in as the No. 7. The Blugolds will take on either Loras or Cortland State, while eighth-seeded UW-Whitewater will face either Baldwin Wallace or Dubuque.

Grand View has defeated Life the last three tournaments in the NAIA Men’s Division finals. Life University head coach Omi Acosta was a 2012 national champion for Grand View. Riding a win streak of 145 in a row against NAIA competition, the top-seeded Vikings will open with Lourdes (Ohio) while Life takes on first-time participant Cornerstone (Mich.). Southeastern (Fla.) is seeded third and the Fire will open with longtime participant the University of the Cumberlands. Fourth-seeded Doane will open with Oklahoma City. Indiana Tech, Marian (Ind.), Ottawa (Kan.) and Reinhardt round out the top eight seeds.

The NCWA previously competed at the combined National Duals at the UNI-Dome back in 2007 and 2008. Grand Valley State won both events. The Lakers will be restarting varsity wrestling next season. Three of the teams are NCAA institutions transitioning to new divisions. Bellarmine and Queens are transitioning from Division II to Division I, while Emory & Henry is transitioning from Division III to Division II. Liberty has been a dominant force on the NCWA level.

NCAA Women
Top-seeded King looks to repeat and capture the programs sixth overall National Duals crown. Travel issues forced King’s opening round opponent, Schreiner, to withdraw from the event, so the Tornado will await the winner of the dual between UW-Stevens Point and No. 8 Gannon. Second-seeded North Central has been impressive this season. The second-seeded Cardinals open with Tiffin. Third-seeded Colorado Mesa puts its 18-match win streak on the line at the National Duals and will open with Lindenwood. Three-time women’s champion McKendree opens with Lock Haven. Augsburg, Adrian, Sacred Heart and Gannon round out the top eight seeds.

NAIA Women
Top-seeded Southern Oregon will open the National Duals in the NAIA Women’s Division with its best opening spot in their event history. The Raiders open with Ottawa (Kan.). Second-seeded Grand View will open with five-time champion Oklahoma City in the opening round. Life won its first women’s National Duals title last year in a wild win over rival Campbellsville. The Running Eagles are seeded third and will face Baker in the first round. Campbellsville, winners in 2018, is seeded fourth and will open with Missouri Baptist. Menlo, Providence (Mont.), Indiana Tech and the University of the Cumberlands round out the top eight seeds. The NAIA women’s field is also pretty loaded individually with 10 past women’s collegiate champions in the field and 65 All-Americans. The top weight here is 143 pounds with nine past All-Americans and two past collegiate champions.

Stats, Facts & Figures
Total Teams: 95; Men’s Teams: 64; Women’s Teams: 31

Men Bracket Sizes
Division II: 16
Division III: 24
NAIA: 16

Women Bracket Sizes
NCAA: 15
NAIA: 16


NCAA Division II Men
#1 Central Oklahoma
#2 Nebraska-Kearney
#3 St. Cloud State
#4 West Liberty
#5 Lander
#6 Upper Iowa
#7 Mary
#8 Indianapolis

NCAA Division III Men
#1 Wartburg
#2 Augsburg
#3 UW-La Crosse
#4 Johnson & Wales (R.I.)
#5 North Central (Ill.)
#6 Wabash
#7 UW-Eau Claire
#8 UW-Whitewater

#1 Grand View
#2 Life
#3 Southeastern (Fla.)
#4 Done
#5 Indiana Tech
#6 Marian
#7 Ottawa (Kan.)
#8 Reinhardt

#1 Liberty
#2 Bellarmine
#3 Toledo
#4 Apprentice School
#5 Grand Valley State
#6 Queens (N.C.)
#7 Central Florida
#8 Emory & Henry

NCAA Women
#1 King
#2 North Central (Ill.)
#3 Colorado Mesa
#4 McKendree
#5 Augsburg
#6 Adrian
#7 Sacred Heart
#8 Gannon

NAIA Women
#1 Southern Oregon
#2 Grand View
#3 Life
#4 Campbellsville
#5 Menlo
#6 Providence (Mont.)
#7 Indiana Tech
#8 U. of the Cumberlands (Ky.)

Growth Stats
New Teams Since 2000: 60/88 (62.5%)
Division II: 5/16 (31.25%)
Division III: 4/24 (16.67%)
NAIA Men: 15/16 (93.75%)
NCAA Women: 16/16 (100%)
NAIA Women: 16/16 (100%)
NCWA Men: 4/8 (50%)

Championship Stats
Most Championships (All Divisions): Wartburg 12
Most Consecutive Championships (All Divisions): Grand View 10 (2012-2022), Warburg 7 (2011-2017)
Active Championship Streaks: Grand View (NAIA) 10
Most Division II Championships: St. Cloud State 6, Nebraska-Omaha 5
Most Division III Championships: Wartburg 12, Augsburg 7
Most NAIA Men’s Championships: Grand View 10, Lindenwood 3
Most NCWA Men’s Championships: Grand Valley State 2
Most Women’s Championships (Total): Oklahoma City 5, King 5
Most NCAA Women’s Championships: King 1, McKendree 1
Most NAIA Women’s Championships: Life 1, Menlo 1, Wayland Baptist 1

Divisional Stats (Rankings)
• D2: 64 (53.3%) Nationally Ranked Wrestlers, 4 National Champions, 30 All-Americans.
• D3: 92 (61.3%) Nationally Ranked Wrestlers, 7 National Champions, 34 All-Americans
• NAIA Men: 137 (54.8%) Nationally Ranked Wrestlers, 11 National Champions, 52 All-Americans.
• NCWA Men: 90 (40.9%) Nationally Ranked Wrestlers, 8 National Champions, 26 All-Americans.
• NCAA Women: 63 (78.75%) Nationally Ranked Wrestlers, 7 National Champions, 41 All-Americans.
• NAIA Women: 141 (56.4%) Nationally Ranked Wrestlers, 10 National Champions, 65 All-Americans

587 Ranked Wrestlers (383 Men, 204 women)
47 National Champions
248 All-Americans

• Doane’s Baterdene “Baagi” Boldmaa currently holds the longest active win streak in collegiate wrestling. The native of Mongolia will be trying to win his fourth NAIA national championship later this year. Boldmaa has won 86 matches in a row, which is 18th best all-time. The NAIA record is held by Simon Fraser’s Daniel Igali, who went 116-0 from 1997-1999.
• Grand View has won 145 duals in a row against NAIA competition. The Vikings last dual meet loss against an NAIA opponent came On January 16, 2011 against Lindenwood (16-15) at the National Duals.
• In 2022, Life University’s Ashley Sword Flavin became the first woman head coach to lead a team to a National Duals championship. The Running Eagles won the NAIA Women’s Division.

All-Time NWCA National Duals Champions

Division I
1989: Oklahoma State
1990: Oklahoma State
1991: Penn State
1992: Iowa
1993: Penn State
1994: Oklahoma State
1995: Iowa
1996: Iowa
1997: Oklahoma State
1998: Minnesota
1999: Oklahoma State
2000: Iowa State
2001: Minnesota
2002: Minnesota
2003: Oklahoma State
2004: Oklahoma State
2005: Oklahoma State
2006: Minnesota
2007: Minnesota
2008: Iowa
2009: Iowa
2010: Iowa
2011: Cornell
2012: Minnesota
2013: Minnesota
2014: Minnesota
2015: Missouri
2016: Penn State
2017: Penn State

Division II
2002: Central Oklahoma
2003: Nebraska-Kearney
2004: North Dakota State
2005: Nebraska-Omaha
2006: Nebraska-Omaha
2007: Nebraska-Kearney
2008: Minnesota State
2009: Nebraska-Omaha
2010: Nebraska-Omaha
2011: Nebraska-Omaha
2012: St. Cloud State
2013: St. Cloud State
2014: Notre Dame College
2015: Maryville
2016: Notre Dame College
2017: St. Cloud State
2018: St. Cloud State
2019: St. Cloud State
2020: St. Cloud State
2022: Central Oklahoma

Division III
2002: Augsburg
2003: Wartburg
2004: Wartburg
2005: Augsburg
2006: Wartburg
2007: Augsburg
2008: Wartburg
2009: Augsburg
2010: Augsburg
2011: Wartburg
2012: Wartburg
2013: Wartburg
2014: Wartburg
2015: Wartburg
2016: Wartburg
2017: Wartburg
2018: Augsburg
2019: Augsburg
2020: Wartburg
2022: UW-La Crosse

2004: Montana State-Northern
2005: Lindenwood
2006: Dana
2007: Lindenwood
2008: Lindenwood
2009: Southern Oregon
2010: Notre Dame College
2011: Notre Dame College
2012: Grand View
2013: Grand View
2014: Grand View
2015: Grand View
2016: Grand View
2017: Grand View
2018: Grand View
2019: Grand View
2020: Grand View
2022: Grand View

2007: Grand Valley State
2008: Grand Valley State

2004: Nassau
2005: Nassau
2006: Labette
2007: Iowa Central
2008: Iowa Central
2009: Iowa Central
2010: Iowa Central
2011: Clackamas
2012: Iowa Central
2013: Labette
2014: Clackamas
2015: Clackamas
2016: Clackamas
2017: Clackamas
2018: Clackamas
2019: Northwest Tech (Kan.)
2020: Nassau
2022: Rochester (Minn.)

Women (Combined)
2005: U. of the Cumberlands
2006: Missouri Valley
2007: U. of the Cumberlands
2008: Oklahoma City
2009: Oklahoma City
2010: Oklahoma City
2011: Oklahoma City
2012: Oklahoma City
2013: Simon Fraser
2014: King
2015: King
2016: King
2017: King
2018: Campbellsville
2019: McKendree

NCAA Women
2020: McKendree
2022: King

NAIA Women
2019: Wayland Baptist
2020: Menlo
2022: Life
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