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March 14, 2011
For photos of the Northwest wrestling club click here.
For a KQ2 TV feature about the wrestling club click here.
For a wrap-up of the NCWA tournament click here.
For the complete NCWA brackets click here.
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University added another championship to its list of achievements over the weekend as the University's wrestling club won the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Division II National Championship in Macon, Ga.
The Bearcats scored 45 points as a team, led by Jordan Peter (165 lbs.), who was the national runner-up in his weight class, and Blake Schoeninger (197 lbs.), who finished seventh in his weight class. Both achieved NCWA All-American status becoming the third and fourth wrestlers to accomplish the feat in the club's six-year history.
Additionally, Preston Reeves (heavyweight) and Jacob Mercer (149 lbs.) wrestled to within one match of All-American status. Daniel Apgar (157 lbs.) and Travis Peter (133 lbs.) also contributed to the team's point total.
"The entire team deserves recognition for their hours of hard work and dedication," Club Advisor Loren Butler said.
Northwest finished 11th overall out of the 77 teams competing at the national tournament, an improvement on the team's 17th place finish at last year's tournament.
California Baptist won the overall title. This was the second year the NCWA broke its standings into Division I and II groups.
A No. 3 seed in his weight class, Peter pinned his way to the NCWA championship match by notching four falls, including a second round pin of Georgia's Mark Feeley in just 23 seconds. Peter was finally defeated 11-4 in the championship match Saturday afternoon by West Chester's No. 1-seeded Dustin Tancredi.
The Northwest wrestling club entered the national tournament after taking the Southwest Conference Championship Feb. 26 in Arlington, Texas. Tallying 148 points, Northwest beat Colorado State and United States Airforce Prep, which finished second and third, respectively.
With three first-place finishes and one second-place finish, the six individual wrestlers to qualify for the national tournament were one less than the club record seven qualifiers from a year ago.
At the conference tournament, Jordan Peter, Travis Peter and Mercer each won their weight classes. Schoeninger took second, and Apgar and Reeves finished third at the conference tournament.
Loren Butler, associate professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, is the club's academic advisor. Jason Sack, assistant director of recreational sports, is the club sport organizer. In addition to wrestling, Northwest senior Nic Brent coaches the club team.
The Northwest wrestling club was established in 2005 to provide students with opportunities to participate in wrestling competitions. It competes in the Southwest Conference, one of six conferences in the National Collegiate Wrestling Association.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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