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Dalton GA. Awarded NCWA National Duals

07/15/2010 -

For Immediate Release
July 15, 2010

DALLAS – The National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) has announced the host site for the first of its two national championship events for the upcoming season. Dalton, Ga., will host the 2011 National Collegiate Wrestling Duals at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center on Jan. 29-30, 2011.

The 24-team tournament will bring more than 500 NCWA athletes and coaches to Dalton, and is the first national championship wrestling event to be held in Georgia. It is expected to be the largest college wrestling event ever in the state. Georgia’s northwest corner has long been home to some of the state’s top programs, and Dalton is also just minutes from Chattanooga, Tenn., which boasts a collegiate tradition and fine legacy of wrestling in that state.
“We’re bringing this national championship to a hot bed of the high school scene in two states, but especially to highlight wrestling in Georgia, which has become a top-25 wrestling state over the past 10 years,” said Jim Giunta, the executive director of the NCWA. “We want to not only recruit heavily from Georgia, but also provide a spawning ground for many new college programs in the years to come.”
Defending duals champion Marion Military Institute (Ala.) and 2009 champion Grand Valley State (Mich.) will once again be among the favorites to win the 2011 Collegiate Cup. Central Florida, which won the 2010 NCWA Championships, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville are also among the early contenders.
“We’re excited to be working with the Dalton Convention and Visitors Bureau and the North Georgia Trade Center on this event,” Giunta said. “Rebecca Bolton and Natasha Colkmire have worked very hard with our board and tournament committee to make this event a reality in Dalton.”
The site for the 2011 NCWA Championships will be determined later in the summer.
For more information on the NCWA, log on to ncwa.net.