The 2016-17 college wrestling season came to a close this past Saturday night with the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Mo.
College teams using MatBoss performed exceptionally well at the national championships across all divisions of wrestling this season. Thirty-two college programs using MatBoss finished among the top 25 at their respective national championships. Seven claimed team trophies with top-four finishes. At the Division I level, two of the four trophy teams were programs using MatBoss, runner-up Ohio State and fourth-place finisher Iowa.
“In many years, six in the top five, two in the finals, a couple thirds would win you the tournament,” said Ohio State coach Tom Ryan. “We ran into a team that was on fire this weekend. I think we kicked the hornet’s nest at the Big Tens, winning the Big Tens, and Penn State wrestled really well. I’m proud of the way the team wrestled this weekend.”
Two Buckeyes reached the NCAA finals. Olympic champion Kyle Snyder (285) captured his second straight NCAA title, while Bo Jordan (174) finished runner-up and earned his third All-American honor.
“I’m just happy that I could wrestle well, represent Ohio State well,” said Snyder. “I’m excited about the future and just becoming a better wrestler. That was a pretty awesome environment. I’m very grateful that I could compete in front of all those people.”
Iowa finished the tournament with five All-Americans, highlighted by Cory Clark (133) winning the NCAA title in his senior season, after finishing runner-up in each of the previous two seasons.
MatBoss teams also occupied the fifth through seventh spots in the standings at the NCAA Division Wrestling Championships: Missouri (fifth), Virginia Tech (sixth) and Minnesota (seventh).
Missouri wrestler J’den Cox, an Olympic bronze medalist, became the program’s first-ever three-time NCAA champion.
Other MatBoss teams finishing among the top 25 teams in Division I were South Dakota State (16th) and North Carolina State (17th). SDSU had never had a Division I All-American prior to this year, and finished with two, with one being NCAA runner-up Seth Gross (133).
In Division II, five teams using MatBoss finished among the top 25 in the team standings.
Nebraska-Kearney finished fourth, marking the 16th straight year UNK has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Division II Championships. The Lopers were led by NCAA champion Keith Surber (149) and NCAA runner-up Destin McCauley (157).
The other four Division II programs using MatBoss that finished in the top 25 were Maryville (7th), Minnesota State (14th), CSU-Pueblo (22nd) and MSU Moorhead (23rd).
Nearly half (12) the teams that finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Division III Championships use MatBoss. The group is led by Augsburg. The Auggies finished runner-up to Wartburg, which made NCAA Division III history by claiming its 13th national championship.
Wabash had a strong showing with a third-place finish. Wabash senior Riley Lefever captured his fourth national title, becoming just the second wrestler in Division III to win to win NCAA titles in all four seasons of competition.
Other top-25 finishers in Division III using MatBoss included Ithaca (9th), Stevens Tech (10th), UW-Whitewater (13th), Cornell (T20th), Milikin (T20th), Ferrum (T22nd), Luther (T22nd), Baldwin Wallace (T25th), Ursinus (T25th) and York (T25th).
At the NAIA level, two teams using MatBoss earned team trophies, Campbellsville (third) and Williams Baptist (fourth), while four other programs using MatBoss finished among the top 25: Cumberland (11th), Missouri Valley (12th), Morningside (22nd) and Eastern Oregon (24th).
Two junior college programs using MatBoss finished among the top 25: Iowa Western (6th) and Nassau (15th).