MILITARY ACADEMY ALL-AMERICAN STREAKS
Since joining the NCWA in 2008, the U.S. Naval Academy Prep School has had aremarkable string of having at least one national champion every year, and at sevendifferent weights. NAPS has earned NCWA titles at 133 (three times), 165, 174, 184(with last year’s MOW, Matthew Miller), and 197. This season, NAPS has nine wrestlersentered at eight different weights, and for the record, has four qualifiers at weights inwhich it has yet to win a title.NAPS has produced a whopping 24 All-Americans the past five years. Of its 18 All-Americans the past three seasons, 15 of them have gone on to wrestle for Navy’s varsityNCAA squad.The U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School has 11 All-Americans over the past fourseasons. Its six qualifiers hope to extend a streak in which the Falcons have earned atleast two All-Americans each year over that span.
NEW CONFERENCE STRUCTURE FOR 2012-13 SEASON
The explosive growth of the NCWA, which expanded for a 15
consecutive year,mandated the creation of additional conferences for the 2012-13 season. The NCWAhad nine conferences this season after paring two of its former seven conferences intohalves. The NCWA Conferences for 2012-13, which encompass entire states, were:
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakotaand South Dakota.
Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and WestVirginia.
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, along with BritishColumbia.
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi.
Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah.
WHAT’S IN A CONFERENCE?
A member of the new Great Plains Conference has won each of the two previous NCWADivision II titles – Northwest Missouri State in 2011 and Wichita State in 2012. WayneState (Neb.) has seven qualifiers this year, which ties for the third-highest total amongDivision II teams.Fellow GPC member and 2013 champion Lindenwood-St. Charles is the pre-tournamentfavorite for this year’s Division I title.