Friday, August 16, 2013

Lake Erie College, Notre Dame, Ohio State and the NWCA Duals

The best form of college wrestling doesn't happen in March.

The sport's most exciting moments occur in January and February, when teams are in the middle of their dual-meet seasons.

Some longtime fans will criticize the above statement. But the "Your 10 vs. My 10" format mesmerizes this aging wrestling writer.

So, to find the season's best events on the calendar, look at the recently released schedules.

Lake Erie College and Notre Dame College are among 16 teams participating in the Division II National Wrestling Coaches Association Duals from Jan. 11-12 in Des Moines, Iowa. The event will determine the nation's best dual-meet team.

Lake Erie College has never participated in the duals. Receiving an invite for the first time represents a major accomplishment for the Storm and further illustrates the program's rapid progress.

Notre Dame College reached the 2013 final in its first appearance as a Division II program. The Falcons then finished third in the NCAA Division II tournament. Notre Dame College is a strong candidate to be selected as the preseason No. 1 in Division II.

A month later, the NWCA will bring its Division I duals to Ohio. Ohio State is hosting the two-day, Sunday, Feb. 16, and Monday, Feb. 17. In theory, the nation's top 16 Division I dual-meet teams should gather in Columbus. Unfortunately, colliding agendas and egos result in some top programs skipping the event.

The field for the Division I tournament will be announced at a later date.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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