The 2012 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Presented by Hibiclens and The Marines has announced the brackets for the event taking place on January 7-8 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Ill.
This five division tournament will take place over a two-day period and is double elimination. Division II, Division III and NAIA will all compete in sixteen team double-elimination brackets. The NJCAA and Women's Divisions are placed into eight team brackets, all divisions are guaranteed three matches.
In Division II Newberry takes the number one seed to start the tournament, with Upper Iowa drawing in as the number two seed. Newberry is no stranger to this tournament, they have made the finals two of the last three years. In last year's final Nebraska-Omaha came away with a closely fought out win over Augustana 17-15. Augustana enters this year's event seeded fifth.
Returning Champion, Wartburg College, comes in as the top seed in the Division III bracket with Augsburg College as the number two seed. , Warburg claimed their fifth team title last year with a 16-15 win over University of Wisconsin. UW La Crosse enters the tournament at No. 4.
In the ten year history of the event, Wartburg College has been in the finals all ten years while Augsburg has been in the finals eight out of the ten years. Each school has won five titles.
Great Falls (MT) earned the top seed in the NAIA division. This is the first time in school history that the program has earned this distinction. Grandview (IA) was awarded the second seed and looks to improve on last year's seventh place finish.
Last year's finalist in the NAIA, Notre Dame College and Lindenwood University , will not be competing this year due to the fact they are re-classifying to Division II.
Four-time NJCAA Dual Champion, Iowa Central will look for their fifth title as they enter the event as the number one seed. Returning NJCAA Champion Clackamus Community College is currently seeded second with Labette College as the third seed.
Taking the No. 1 seed for the women are returning five time champions of the National Duals, Oklahoma City University. Competing in the tournament for the first year is King College as they capture the No. 2 seed, while returning runner-up Simon Fraser takes the third spot. The women are the only division in this competition that wrestle under freestyle rules.
Competition will get underway on Saturday, January 7th at 9 a.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door, for more information visit our website at http://www.nwcaonline.com/NWCAWebSite/Events/nwcanationalduals/national-duals-info.
The 2012 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals are being hosted by the National Wrestling Advancement Association (NWAA).