East Tennessee State University 18 v Mercer University 30       Florida Gulf Coast University 5 v Auburn University 34       Massachusetts Institute of Technology 18 v The Ohio State University 31       University of Texas at Arlington 24 v University of Florida 30       University of South Florida 18 v University of Toledo 25       Marion Military Institute 33 v Wayne State College 20       University of North Florida 15 v Grand Valley State University 48       Auburn University 24 v Massachusetts Institute of Technology 30       Florida Gulf Coast University 11 v The Ohio State University 36       Middle Tennessee State University 26 v Marion Military Institute 18       

First University of Georgia National Champion Since 1998

03/20/2014 -

UGA wrestling defies the odds again! As one of the smallest and most underfunded programs in all collegiate wrestling the Georgia wrestling team demonstrates that attitude is everything!
Taking 3 wrestlers to the 2014 National Championships and significantly behind in the new point scoring system that favors the larger more well funded programs as points accrue throughout the season (similar to Nascar) the UGA wrestling team battled its way to the Top 10 out of the nearly 150 NCWA D2 Teams!
Sophmore John Cook, the 149 pound SEC Champion, scored two big wins, including one by pin, to bolster his team and earn the respect of his competitors.
Law Student, Sergio Ardila, the 165 pound SEC runner-up, also won two technical matches to push UGA into the Top 10.
Senior, Paul Ardila, became the first National Champion for UGA since 1998...the first year of the NCWA. In that first year UGA had two Champions, one won a bracket of 5 and the other a bracket of 8. Paul on the other hand was the Champion out of 37 wrestlers including scholarship athletes from NCWA D1 programs and NCAA transitional teams. When you compare the strength of the league now versus 1998 it is obvious how much weight his accomplishment carries. Congratulations to undefeated senior Paul Ardila!
"Thankful for the NCWA and the opportunity it gives honest college students to compete in wrestling while keeping their academic priorities in the forefront" Coach Drew Craver is "looking forward to another season where UGA, the continuous underdawg, will have the chance to compete at the national collegiate level!"