Why Did Ray Bedford Get Fired?
May 11, 2022A box of black t-shirts sat quietly behind the head table at Women’s Nationals in Fort Worth, Texas, over the weekend. The front and back of each shirt said something loud and clear.
Why Would Sam Schmitz Leave McKendree?
Apr 20, 2022Sam Schmitz’s departure from McKendree is a head-scratcher. Why would you build a women’s wrestling dynasty and leave at the height of its powers?
Sam Schmitz Named Director Of Wrestling At Central Methodist
Apr 14, 2022One of the most successful women's college coaches in recent memory has accepted a new role at a new university. Former McKendree head women's coach and assistant men's coach Sam Schmitz has accepted the role of wrestling director and head men's coach at Central Methodist — an NAIA program in Fayette, Missouri.
NAIA To Adopt Women's Wrestling As National Championship Sport
Apr 9, 2022Big news for women's wrestling dropped today as the NAIA voted to adopt women's wrestling as the 28th championship sport. An NAIA Invitational has taken place since 2019 but this will be the first time that women's wrestling will have an officially-sanctioned collegiate national championship at any level.
Hawkeyes Add Transfer To Inaugural Recruiting Class
Apr 6, 2022Iowa coach Clarissa Chun added her first transfer to an already impressive recruiting class. Nanea Estrella — a runner-up at the 2022 NAIA Championships at 130 pounds for Menlo College — is heading to Iowa City to compete for the Hawkeyes. She plans to finish the semester in Atherton, California, before making the move to the Midwest.
Multi-Divisional Insider: D3 NCAAs Return For First Time Since 2019
Mar 10, 2022Joe Norton and Eric Keller knew something did not feel right.
Complete NAIA Women's National Tournament Breakdown
Mar 9, 2022One of the most entertaining events in women’s college wresting — the NAIA National Invite — is going down Friday and Saturday in Jamestown, North Dakota. This is the fourth year of the event, the NAIA has only crowned two team champions thus far, as Menlo won the inaugural event in 2019, 2020 was canceled due to Covid, and Campbellsville won it last year.This year promises to be full of drama and must-see matchups as there’s a new sheriff in town — Life University, a program that won its first NWCA National Duals title over Campbellsville in January. When the two programs met in Kentucky, it was 25-19 Life with the dual coming down to the last match. They wrestled again in early February, and it was more of the same, the match coming down to the end, with Life winning it 24-23. That being said, it was Campbellsville that had the upper hand at the Mid-South Conference Championships, outpacing Life 142.5 to 122.5 with a talented roster that earned lots of bonus points.The stage is set for the NAIA National Invite this weekend.“We’ve had a season that has been defined by how we overcome adversity,” Life head coach Ashley Flavin (formerly Sword) said. “This weekend will be no different. The day after entries were due, Briana Kellin had a season-ending injury. There are no alternates and so we enter the tournament with 11 athletes instead of 12.”Even with all that recent history, it might not be Life or Campbellsville that ends up on top. The most recent NAIA Coaches Poll has neither Life nor Campbellsville on top, but Grand View in the #1 spot, and Menlo at #2. Needless to say, there’s traffic at the top. The team race will come down to how the scorers perform in swing matches and in swing weights, especially when these teams meet head-to-head. Underperforming or overperforming a seed can be the difference between a team coming home with a title or second or third place.“This is not the first time we’ve entered a tournament considered underdogs and down an athlete,” Flavin said. “But this team performs best when the deck is stacked against them. Our focus for the weekend is the same it has been all year, work hard and love harder, because love drives out fear.”Here are top 8 teams* right now.1. Grand View (174)
Grand View, Life Ready To Renew Battle For NAIA Supremacy
Mar 3, 2022The mindset is nearly identical.
Women's Weekly: Post-Season Fever
Feb 14, 2022College regionals and conference meets will take place this weekend and the following weekend at locations throughout the country. Although this is an important step for winning a national collegiate title, NAIA and NCAA schools have different procedures. Here is a breakdown.
#1 Life Rallies To Defeat #2 Campbellsville In Rematch Of National Duals
Feb 3, 2022It came down to the wire. And Life prevailed.
Top 100: By The Numbers
Feb 1, 2022Below is a full listing of FloWrestling's Top 100 American Wrestlers of All Time along with college wrestling affiliations. Several went to multiple colleges, which is why a wrestler may be listed more than once.
Women's Weekly: The Rematch
Jan 31, 2022Top-ranked Life University will face #2 Campbellsville University on Thursday, February 3 in Williamsburg, Kentucky. The dual is part of a triangular between Life, Campbellsville, and #8 University of the Cumberlands. The Running Eagles knocked off Tigers, 25-19, during a dramatic final of the NAIA division of the NWCA National Duals held on January 7.
Stars Abound In NWCA National Duals Women's Field
Jan 5, 2022Note: Simon Fraser and Colorado Mesa withdrew from the tournament after this story was originally published
Women's Weekly: National Duals Fever
Jan 2, 2022Get ready for fireworks!
The Top 100 Countdown: 20-11
Dec 31, 2021The countdown continues as FloWrestling releases its top 100 greatest American wrestlers of all time. The inaugural episode was released on November 4 and will end with the announcement of the greatest wrestler of all time on January 10, 2022.