The No.1 McKendree University women's wrestling team defended its national championship at the second-annual Cliff Keen National Collegiate Women's Wrestling Championship (NCWWC) Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats also added six individual champions.
Sam Schmitz's team was represented by 15 wrestlers, where eight made it into the finals. In the end, McKendree won its second consecutive NCWWC Title with 209 points while 14 Bearcats were named All-Americans. Six Bearcats were crowned individual National Champions, and head coach Schmitz was named Coach of the Year and Coach of the NCWWC Tournament.
This tournament was also a qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, that will take place in Fort Worth, Tex., April 2-3. According to the procedures, "the highest placed NCWWC Senior Women's Freestyle athlete per weight category who has yet to qualify, will qualify to enter the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - wrestling at the weight category she chooses". There were 10 women who punches their ticket to Fort Worth, including five Bearcats.