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02/01/2010 -

SHELBYVILLE, TENN. Ė Marion Military Institute swept the final two matches with pins Saturday, breaking a tie in a close match to win its first National Collegiate Wrestling Associationís National Duals title. The championship was the first in the Marion, Ala., schoolís history, and marks the first time that a two-year college or university has won the NCWA National Duals.

MMI and defending national champion The Apprentice School went back-and-forth in the lead heading into the final matches. A 12-6 win by Apprentice freshman Stuart Roes at 197 pounds tied the match for a third time at 15-15. MMIís Clint Smith earned a second-period pin in 3:18 to put the Tigers ahead, and heavyweight Michael Mullen then scored a pin in 33 seconds to give MMI the title.

It was the second clutch win in as many matches for Mullen. MMI, seeded fourth, took out top-seeded Central Florida 26-20 in the semifinals with Mullen earning the clinching points with another first-period pin. MMI swept through its military-heavy during Saturdayís early pool-play rounds, beating VMI (50-0), the U.S. Naval Academy Prep School (34-10) and Md.-Baltimore County (35-12).

Apprentice, seeded second, advanced to the final with a 30-15 win over West Chester, jumping out to an 18-0 lead with three consecutive falls to open the match. Apprentice, among the favorites to win the NCWA Championships in March along with UCF and MMI, won its pool matches over Dayton (53-3), Oakland (Mich.) (26-21), and tournament host Middle Tennessee State (43-15).

Central Florida beat West Chester in the third-place match, 30-21.

Championship Match:
Marion Military Institute 27, The Apprentice School 15
125: Terence Jones, MMI, def. Todd Gular, 4-0
133: Marcus Chevres, Apprentice, pins Xenepher Austin, 2:17
141: Ty Holley, Apprentice, def. Brandon Westerman, 7-1
149: Jay Mitchell, MMI, def. Ricky Anderson, 7-5
157: Cody Bollinger, MMI, def. Matt Perry, 7-4
165: Lee Laxton, MMI, def. Patrick McIntosh, 7-3
174: Will Harcum, Apprentice, def. Joe Salvatore, 6-2
184: Nicholas Smith, MMI, def. Austen Damico, 15-10
197: Stuart Roes, Apprentice, def. Gregory Magee, 12-6
235: Clint Smith, MMI, pins Daniel Hare, 3:18
285: Michael Mullen, MMI, pins LA Colon, 0:33

Championship Semifinal Results
Marion Military Institute 26, Central Florida 20
The Apprentice School 30, West Chester 15

Third-place Match
Central Florida 30, West Chester 21

Fifth-Place Semifinals
Grand Valley State 26, Oakland (Mich.) 18
Md.-Baltimore County 30, Kennesaw State 21
Fifth-place: Grand Valley State 38, Md.-Baltimore County 13
Seventh-place: Oakland 1, Kennesaw State 0 (forfeit)

Pool A Results
Central Florida 51, Connecticut 6
Central Florida 48, Kennesaw State 10
Central Florida 49, Ohio U. 9
Kennesaw State 27, Connecticut 22
Kennesaw State def. Ohio U.

Pool B Results
Marion Military 35, Md.-Baltimore County 12
Marion Military 34, U.S. Naval Prep 10
Marion Military 50, VMI 6
Md.-Baltimore County 27, U.S. Naval Prep 26
Md.-Baltimore County 43, VMI 9

Pool C Results
West Chester 43, Rensselaer Polytechnic 3
West Chester 29, Grand Valley State 15
West Chester 38, Southern Indiana 21
Grand Valley State 49, Rensselaer Polytechnic 3
Grand Valley State 62, Southern Indiana 0

Pool D Results
Apprentice 43, Middle Tennessee State 15
Apprentice 26, Oakland (Mich.) 21
Apprentice 53, Dayton 3
Oakland (Mich.) 56, Middle Tennessee State 3
Oakland (Mich.) 45, Dayton 9