Lakeland wrestling helps create the new Northern Wrestling Association
Athletics - posted on 10/25/2006
Lakeland College has joined three other former Lake Michigan Conference members to form the Northern Wrestling Association. The Association also includes Concordia University, Wis., Maranatha Baptist Bible College and Milwaukee School of Engineering.
The history for these four collegiate wrestling programs goes back to 1994 with the inaugural season of wrestling in the LMC. The four schools wanted to continue their wrestling tradition despite not having a conference to join at this time.
Lakeland, Concordia and Maranatha are members of the new Northern Athletics Conference (NAC). MSOE is currently a provisional member of the NAC and will compete as a full voting member in the 2007-08 school year. Currently, the NAC does not recognize wrestling as a conference sport.
An NWA tournament will be held, but wrestlers won't be able to qualify for nationals through their competition.
"We were an independent school while in the LMC which means we had to go to regionals to qualify for nationals," said Lakeland head coach Pete Rogers. "The only thing different with the new conference is we're adding Knox College and Lawrence University for our conference tournament.
"It's good to have the conference tournament at the end of the season. It gives the guys something else to work towards."
All four schools will face each other in dual matches during the season, leading up to the NWA tournament to be held, Saturday, Feb.10, at Lakeland. The teams will compete at the Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, Feb. 17, with eyes set on the NCAA Division III championships to be held Friday, March 2 in Dubuque, Iowa.
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