The National Collegiate Open is set to start on Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 at the 6,000 seat Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond, VA. This is a new location for the event. The tournament is sponsored by the DCAC Wrestling and the host is the Virginia Wrestling Association (VAWA).
The National Collegiate Open serves as a post season national championship for college wrestlers that will not be wrestling at their conference championship. So basically it is an event for all red shirts and non-starters. Often these wrestlers see little to know competition after the first of the year. This is a great event that that provides an opportunity to extend the season for the entire team.
Each year the competition had become tougher and tougher. Many programs have a lot of depth in their room. If you look at in season events such as Reno, Midlands and the Scuffle, you will see that some teams get multiple guys placing at the same weights. There are some very talented wrestlers that are on the bench come conference tournament times. Now think of an event where we as fans get a chance to see some of this talent late in the season. These wrestlers are from such programs like Oregon State, Cal State Bakersfield, Michigan State, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Penn State, Ohio, Cornell, Minnesota and others. This shows why an event like this should be considered important and should be considered a can not miss event year in and year out.
Soon we will be listing our current non-starter rankings. Now these are not perfect rankings as it is sometimes hard to come by the correct data, but they serve as a guide to what is out there and which wrestlers are having great years.
Last year’s finals
125 – Jesse Delgado (Cal Poly) Dec. Jerome Robinson (ODU) 6-2
133 – Joe Kemmerer (UAT) Dec. Colin Johnstion (WVU) 4-2
141 – Billy Ashnault (Rutgers) Dec. Mitchell Port (Edinboro) 3-1
149 – Dylan Alton (Penn State) Dec. Anthony Salupo (Lehigh) 7-5
157 – Anthony Volpe (Rutgers) Dec. Hadley Harrison (Clarion) 5-3
165 – Nick Sulzer (Virginia) Dec. Tyler Wilps (PITT) 7-3
174 – Greg Zannetti (Rutgers) Dec. Todd Porter (Missouri) 3-2
184 – Kadeem Samuals (Lehigh) Dec. John Rizqallah (Michigan State) 8-5
197 – Matt Wilps (PITT) Fall Ryan Robinson (Missouri) (2:26)
HWT – Michael McClure (Michigan State) Dec. Michael Horton (Edinboro) 5-0
TOM will also be doing a full blown preview of the event as it draws more near. The tournament will be using the Sikora system will be used during the event which will allow the brackets and results to run live over the internet. Parents and fans will be able to see real time results.
The new location, Richmond, should make travel for teams even easier. With the VAWA holding a youth event the same weekend, the NCO serves as a tool to expose a young generation to collegiate wrestling.
We hope that with each year the event moves forward, that more college coaches see the value in such a tournament, not only for their wrestlers, but also for the fans. It is a great way to bring added exposure to a program.
The top six place winners are recognized as National Collegiate Open All-Americans and receive T-Shirts. In addition, the finalist will receive National Collegiate Open fight shorts.
Keep an eye out for the TOM preview!