KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For the first time in association history, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) will deliver the final bouts of the 2016 NAIA Wrestling National Championships, presented by USA Wrestling-Kansas, on ESPN3. The 10 matches will begin at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST on Saturday, March 5.
The coverage takes place at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kan. To view the entire championships schedule, click here.
"The association has had a great partnership with ESPN, and we're excited to expand that relationship into the sport of wrestling," said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. "ESPN3 will put our wrestling championships in more homes than ever before, which is great exposure for our student-athletes and institutions. I also want to thank our host partner Visit Topeka for helping make this happen. Each year in Topeka, the organizing committee has worked hard to raise the quality of the student-athlete experience. This is a great example of the many things they've done."
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This past fall, ESPN3 carried the 2015 NAIA Volleyball National Championship and 2015 NAIA Football National Championship. Additionally, the semifinals and finals of the Division II Women's Basketball National Championship and the finals of the Division II Men's Basketball National Championship, Division I Women's Basketball National Championship, and Buffalo-Funds NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship will be on ESPN3. Future coverage on the ESPN networks will be announced at a later date.
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