CALIFORNIA BAPTIST WINS ITS FIRST NCWA NATIONAL DUAL TITLE
DALTON, Ga. – California Baptist rolled through six matches Saturday, never giving up more than 12 points to an opponent in taking the Collegiate Cup as the champion of the 2011 NCWA National Dual Championships.
The title is the first within the NCWA for the Lancers, who are first-year members of the NCWA while transitioning from the NAIA to NCAA Division II membership. The tournament was the first official NCWA competition for Cal Baptist.
“We didn’t know what to expect coming in, but found out there is some serious talent in this organization,” Cal Baptist coach John Petty said following the event. “This was a Class A event that was very competitive for us. The NCWA teams earned our team’s respect today. The scores didn’t always show it, but I could tell from our guys’ demeanor that they were challenged, and it took everything we had to come out on top.”
Cal Baptist opened up a 7-0 lead on Central Florida in the championship match after sweeping the first two matches between nationally-ranked wrestlers. The Lancers’ Jamie Martinez topped Alex Chiricosta, 5-2, in the opener at 125 pounds followed by a 10-2 major decision by Landon Saldana over UCF’s Stephen DeAugustino.
C.J. Cook rallied UCF with a 13-2 major over Ethan Hall, and CBU’s Dylan Cataline opened up the lead with a 25-second pin of TJ Gillin at 149 pounds. That began a string of eight straight wins by CBU, including pins by Chris Santana (157), Kenneth Tribble (174), Caleb Gerl (197) and Alex Evers (285). Chris Knowland earned an escape and late takedown in the third period to come from behind and win, 5-2, in the 184 match.
CBU, which didn’t give up a point in winning its first three matches to advance to the championship round of 16, got all it wanted in the semifinals before taking out defending duals champion Marion Military Institute (Ala.) 34-12. MMI ended up in fifth with a 27-26 win over West Chester.
“(The NCWA) has grown to a whole different level since I was first introduced to it.”
Petty coached an NCWA team at Georgia Tech in the 2001 season. “The trophy is great and the hospitality here was great, but we’ve got to forget about it for a while and focus on the NCWA Championships in a few weeks. We will expect tough matches again there.”
The NCWA Championships are March 10-12, 2011, on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, Ga. The NCWA has placed an emphasis in hosting its events in the emerging wrestling states in the Southeast for the 2010-2012 seasons.
In the third-place match, Grand Valley State (Mich.) won the final six matches to roll to a 34-15 win over The Apprentice School (Va.). Grand Valley State, which won the inaugural NCWA National Duals in 2009, took three pins during the string that rallied the Lakers from an early deficit.
Apprentice’s Ricky Anderson scored a pin in 17 seconds to win the 157 match, closing a four-match win streak that included narrow wins by Marcus Chevres (133), Odis Westby (141) and Kyle Spruill (149). UCF defeated Apprentice 37-15 in the earlier semifinal.
NCWA National Dual Championships
Jan. 28-29, 2011 at Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center
Championship – California Baptist 42, Central Florida 4
Third-place – Grand Valley State 34, Apprentice 15
Fifth-place – Marion Military 27, West Chester 26
Seventh-place – U.S. Naval Academy Prep 24, Md.-Baltimore County 18
California Baptist 27, Grand Valley State 9
Central Florida 37, Apprentice 15
California Baptist 34, Marion Military 12
Grand Valley 31, Md.-Baltimore County 13
Apprentice 24, West Chester 18
Central Florida 30, U.S. Naval Academy Prep 26
Round of 16
California Baptist 59, Cincinnati 0
Marion Military 35, Mercer 18
Grand Valley State 51, Georgia Southern 12
Md.-Baltimore County 49, East Tennessee State 12
Apprentice 60, Middle Tennessee State 0
West Chester 36, Georgia 18
U.S. Naval Academy Prep 45, MIT 15
Central Florida 57, Texas-Arlington 0
Other placing matches
9th place – Mercer 40, MIT 18
11th place – Georgia 30, Georgia Southern 24
13th place – Cincinnati 36, Texas-Arlington 23
15th place – East Tennessee State 33, Middle Tennessee Stsate 25
17th place – Connecticut 35, Auburn 30
19th place – Radford 24, Lynchburg 12