NCAA Wrestling Will Grow To 80 Division 1 Programs By 2022

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Augustana University is slated to become the next program to join the ranks of Division I, as part of, "its strategic vision for the future of the institution."

Currently a Division II school in South Dakota, their board of trustees announced a plan yesterday that looks to grow the school by 2030, part of which includes moving all of its athletics up to DI.

Augustana is the latest university to expand the number of schools competing at the highest collegiate level, with the announcement coming just a few months after Long Island University's decision to make a similar school-wide move up to Division I.

The LIU announcement came just two days after our own Andrew Spey and Willie Saylor published this video breaking down which states and which schools should add DI programs.

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While the Vikings will not move up until the 2021-22 season, LIU will be DI by next year. They will be joined by Arkansas Little Rock, which announced its new program at this past year's NCAA tournament, as well as Presbyterian, which announced its addition on episode 250 of FRL.

With 75 teams currently in DI, that means 78 squads should be eligible to send wrestlers to the national tournament next year in Minneapolis. That is also of course dependent upon our sport not seeing a repeat of the last three offseasons, when one school per year dropped their program.

It started the Monday after conference weekend in 2016, when Grand Canyon discontinued its program before it had even finished its transition to Division I. Then in April of last year it was Boise State, an egregious decision that is slated to cost the school hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Most recently, it was Eastern Michigan, which not only made its decision right after producing an All-American, it also was found to be based on an erroneous financial report. Let us hope that we make it to the winter of 2019 with the current 75 teams intact.

Yet to be mentioned is Cal Baptist, which announced their decision to collectively transition their athletic department into Division I last January. Technically this is the Lancers' first DI season, but they are not eligible to compete at the NCAA championship until 2023.

Let us not forget that Fresno State reinstated their program in March 2016 and is now in its second year of postseason eligibility.

Below is the complete list of new teams and when they are scheduled to be able to compete at the national tournament.

New Division 1 Wrestling Programs

Arkansas Little Rock: 2019-20

Presbyterian: 2019-20

Long Island University: 2019-20

Augustana: 2021-22

Cal Baptist: 2022-23

Keith Gavin's Exceptional Hit List

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While starting out his senior level career at 74 kg, spending the bulk at 84 kg, and then finishing at the changed Olympic weight class of 86 kg, Keith Gavin ran into his fair share of buzz saws. And as a result of Keith Gavin being very good at wrestling, he beat a lot of these buzz saws. 

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Bader Show: Myles Martin & Rich Bender

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Bader and Bray sit down with NCAA Champion Myles Martin and Executive Director of USA Wrestling, Rich Bender.

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FRL 567 - Recapping Super 32, Crazy COVID-19 Protocols In The Big Ten

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On episode 567 of FRL, the boys talk Super 32, the 8-man bracket, crazy COVID-19 protocols in the Big Ten, and take questions from friends.

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Expect A Wild Ride When Nate Jackson & Sammy Brooks Meet

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It will be all treat and no trick for wrestling fans on Halloween night when Sammy Brooks and Nate Jackson meet in the first round of 195-lbs 8-man bracket. When the Illinois natives meet on the mat, you can expect two things. An exciting match and plenty of points. Now imagine what it will look like when there's $20,000 on the line. Before they meet again Saturday night, let's take a look back at their wild history.

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195-Pound 8-Man Challenge By The NCAA Numbers

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Every entrant competing for that $20,000 bag has a mighty impressive resume. We tallied the accolades to see just how daunting their D1 NCAA accomplishments are. 

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9 Super 32 Quarterfinals You Can't Miss

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The first day of Super 32 was packed with outstanding matches, and tomorrow matchups should be even better. Get caught up on all the action from today and then get ready for tomorrow's quarters, semis, and finals. The quarterfinals get going in the morning. Watch every one that you can, but be sure to focus on these nine.

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Biggest Upsets From Day One Of Super 32

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Unsurprisingly, Super 32 day one did not disappoint. With over 100 ranked kids competing, some of the nation’s best were bound to fall. The biggest upsets came at 126 and 132. Arizona’s Emilio Ysaguirre has already made his mark taking out two ranked kids including #2 Jordan Titus at the buzzer in the biggest upset of the day. If that wasn't enough, Titus fell on the backside as well to Carter Bailey.

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2020 Super 32 Bracket Reactions

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In the morning, we'll see the all the top high school action we've been waiting for, but for now, we have the brackets to digest. Check out our instant reactions to the 2020 Super 32 brackets. You can also check out the full brackets to see just how insane the action will be.

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#2 Uncommitted Senior, Evan Bates, Makes His College Decision

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The second highest senior still available on the Class of 2021 Big Board and the #7 ranked 220 has chosen to continue his wrestling career at Northwestern University.

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Brock Zacherl's On-Mat Success Leads To Assistant Position With Clarion

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Brock Zacherl's social media accounts are littered with words to live by. 

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