The 2010 National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships will take place starting on Thursday at Hampton University Convocation Center. Nearly 390 athletes from 83 schools will compete to dethrone the host Apprentice School as NCWA National Champions. The tournament begins Thursday morning at 10 am with the finals scheduled to begin at 4 pm on Saturday.
The Builders qualified 18 wrestlers for the tournament after winning the Mid-Atlantic Conference for the seventh straight season. Senior Will Harcum sports the best record on the team as he is 41-9 and has tied the single season record with 25 pins. The Williamsburg, Va. native became the third Builder wrestler in the last 20 years to win 40 or matches in a season by winning the 165 pound weight class at the conference tournament. Harcum finished fifth at nationals last season and is a molder apprentice.
Another returning All-American wrestler from 2009 is sophomore Marcus Chevres. The Norfolk, Va. native currently sports a 29-5 mark and won conference for the second straight year at 133 pounds. He is tied for fourth on the team in pins with nine and is in the single season top ten for winning percentage (over 84%). He finished second at 133 pounds in nationals last season. He is an outside machinist apprentice.
Senior Ty Holley is also a returning All-American at 141 pounds. The Erwin, NC native is 29-6 on the season and sports a two-year record of 51-22. He sports a sparkling 17-2 record in tournament action this season and also is a 2010 conference champion. Last year at nationals he finished fourth at 141 pounds and is an electrician apprentice.
The fourth returning All-American from 2009 is senior Matt Perry. The Chesapeake, Va. native recently joined a select group of Apprentice School wrestlers as he won his 100th career bout in a tournament at the University of Georgia in early February. Perry, an electrician apprentice, is 30-13 on the season and will wrestle at 157 pounds in the nationals. He finished eighth at 149 pounds last season and is a two-time All-American.
Other wrestlers who look to make a big splash this weekend at nationals include freshman Patrick McIntosh (157 lbs./36-13/pipefitter apprentice/Sherrills Ford, NC), sophomore Ricky Anderson (149 lbs./25-5 record/2010 conference champion/outside machinist apprentice/Chesapeake, Va.) and freshman Stuart Roes (197 lbs./19-18 record/2010 conference champion/machinist apprentice/Staunton, Va.) among others.
The Builders have wrestlers ranked in the top ten in eight of the 11 weight classes participating in the event, including top-ranked wrestlers at 141 pounds (Holley), 157 pounds (McIntosh) and 165 pounds (Harcum).
Perennial powers Grand Valley State, University of Central Florida, Marion Military Institute will push the Builders along with Oakland University (Mich.), US Naval Prep Academy.
Tickets are $12 per session until the championship finals on Saturday when they are $20. For ticket information and tournament information please visit www.ncwa.net/nationals.