The matchups for this year’s NWCA National Duals Championship Series have been released, and Championship Productions authors and their teams are well-represented. Out of the 16 teams competing, nine have coaches who have produced wrestling videos with Championship.
For the full release on the event, head over to intermatwrestle.com to get their insight on the Duals.
Friday – February 19
Iowa State at Minnesota – 7:30 p.m. – Williams Arena
Saturday – February 20
Lehigh at Rutgers – 8 p.m. EST – RAC
Sunday – February 21
Oklahoma State at Penn State – 5 p.m. – Rec Hall
Virginia Tech at Michigan – 2 p.m. – Cliff Keen Arena
Appalachian State at Indiana – 1 p.m. EST – University Gym
Missouri at Nebraska – 2 p.m. CST – Bob Devaney Sports Center
Monday – February 22
Edinboro at Ohio State – 7 p.m. – St. John Arena
North Carolina State at Iowa – 7 p.m. CST – Carver Hawkeye Arena
The Cornell wrestling team, coached by Rob Koll, Jeremy Spates, and Matt Azevedo, became the first-ever Ivy League school to hold down the top spot in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Coaches Poll. The Big Red were a unanimous No. 1 on the 11 ballots prior to the season and finished with 275 points.
Championship Productions has produced instructional wrestling DVDs with various top 25 coaches. The complete NWCA / USA Today Division rankings are below:
1. Cornell (Coached by Rob Koll, Jeremy Spates, and Matt Azevedo)
2. Boise State
3. Oklahoma State (Coached by John Smith and Eric Guerrero)
4. Minnesota (Coached by J. Robinson)
5. Wisconsin (Coached by Barry Davis)
6. Penn State (Coached by Troy Letters)
7. Iowa (Coached by Tom Brands and Terry Brands)
9. Central Michigan (Coached by Tom Borrelli)
12. Ohio State (Coached by Tom Ryan)
13. Nebraska (Coached by Mark Manning)
16. Arizona State (Coached by Ben Askren)
17. Virginia Tech (Coached by Kevin Dresser)
19. Iowa State (Coached by Kevin Jackson)
20. Northwestern (Coached by Tim Cysewski)
22. Oregon State
23. Rutgers (Coached by Cory Cooperman)
25. Cal Poly (Coached by Mark Perry)
The University of Iowa wrestling program, led by Tom Brands and Terry Brands, crowned three NCAA champions, eight all-Americans, and won its third-straight national team title at the Qwest Center in Omaha, NE. The Hawkeyes’ 23rd NCAA team title was fueled by Matt McDonough, Brent Metcalf, and Jay Borschel’s individual championships – the first time Iowa crowned three champions since 1998! Iowa finished the meet with 134.5 team points which ranks 10th in NCAA history and ties for seventh in school history.
Tom Brands and Terry Brands have guided the Iowa Hawkeyes wrestling program to their 34th Big Ten Championship and its third straight. The Hawkeyes finished with 156.5 points and had a pair of individual champions en route to victory. Tom Brands was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third straight season and Iowa’s Matt McDonough was named the Freshman of the Year.