January 28, 2012

Top seed at NCWA National Duals in good shape

Lindenwood-Belleville made the most of its first trip to the National Collegiate Wrestling Association’s National Duals, pulling off one of the day’s most impressive wins in a 23-21 upset over Virginia’s The Apprentice School.

All but two of the top eight seeds each won their first-day matches, setting up the round of 16 in today’s championship bracket at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center.  

Lindenwood-Belleville was seeded 14th coming into the tournament. The Lynx thumped Toledo in its opening match, 63-0, then came back three hours later and won a tense match over No. 3 seed Apprentice, where three matches were decided by injuries or penalties. Lindenwood-Belleville’s win sets up a 9 a.m. match against No. 13 seed Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Top-seeded Liberty, new to the NCWA and a former NCAA Division I program, advanced with two wins over Carroll (Wis.), 48-12, and Wichita State, 43-16. The Flames will face Southern Virginia in the round of 16.

Lindenwood-St. Charles, another of the NCWA’s newest programs, beat Cincinnati, 55-6, and Southern Virginia, 60-0. The Lions face Wichita State today.

No. 4 seed Central Florida advanced with two wins, and will face Apprentice next. The teams have split two duals this season, with Apprentice winning the most recent match at the Virginia Duals earlier this month.

Marion Military Institute (Ala.), the No. 9 seed, topped No. 8 seed Georgia Southern 51-3 in the day’s only other upset among the seeded teams. MMI will face No. 7 seed Mercer in the next round.

Box scores from Friday’s matches are available at under the results tab.

The championship quarterfinals are set for noon today, with the semifinals at 4 p.m. and the final at 6.

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