DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Notre Dame College came away with three national champions and 11 All-Americans, and that success in the finals rounds compounded its impressive start as the Falcons won the National Collegiate Wrestling Association championship Saturday. Notre Dame racked up 168 points, leading from start to finish of the three-day tournament, and withstood final-day charges by runner-up California Baptist (161 points) and Liberty (150.5) to take the title. The Falcons got national title winners in Cody Shivener (149 pounds), Ashtin Primus (157) and Jonathan Bittinger (174) to sweep their finals appearances. The Falcons’ success isn’t a surprise to most. They won the NAIA national championship in the two seasons prior to joining the NCWA this year. The NDC wrestlers flashed ‘3’ on their fingers while taking their championship photos, representing a three-peat of sorts. But it took the rest of the Falcons’ All-Americans – they scored one in every weight class but two – to clinch the title past former NAIA foe California Baptist and Liberty, which gave chase throughout. Rest of story at http://www.ncwa.net/news?news_id=1130
Grand View won the 2012 NAIA Wrestling Championships by a wide margin.
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