Childs, Taylor meet for last time
Notes: Qualifying systems in place for NCAA Championships
Roger Moore, NCAA.com
On Wednesday night in Lawrenceville, N.J., Rider University won six of 10 bouts, including Ramon Santiago’s 16-0 technical fall at 157 pounds, to beat Drexel 20-12. Rider improved to 8-10 in duals as Drexel fell to 7-15. Neither squad is ranked among Division I’s top 25 and the result did not gain any national headlines.
But it was the last meeting between two Colonial Athletic Association coaches who have a combined 794 dual meet victories.
Drexel head coach Jack Childs ranks No. 1 in Division I among active coaches in wins with 423. Rider head coach Gary Taylor ranks No. 3 with 371. Minnesota’s J Robinson is in between at No. 2 with 373.
Taylor has won 27 of the 35 meetings with Childs. Both coaches graduated from East Stroudsburg; Childs in 1967 and Taylor in 1976.
“The match went the way a lot of our matches with Drexel have gone over the years,” Taylor said. “Back-and-forth. I thought it was a good match. Coach Childs and I are always going to be battling, to try to beat each other, and when it’s over we’re good friends.”
Drexel, located in Philadelphia, hosts No. 9 Rutgers on Sunday. It will be the last home meet for Childs, who said before this season, “it’s a perfect time for me to say goodbye to coaching right here in my backyard.”
Taylor’s stretch run includes a trip to Hofstra on Feb. 16 and a final home date with Boston on Feb. 21. The Broncs host the CAA Championships on March 4-5, and are co-hosts for the soldout 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia on March 17-19.
Need to Know
• The Division III Wrestling Championships are on March 11-12 in La Crosse, Wis. The NCAA has allocated 160 qualifiers from nine qualifying meets to be staged Feb. 26-27. The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will have 33 qualifiers with the Great Lakes Regional earning 29. The rest of the league allotments include: Centennial (11), Empire (15), Metropolitan (18), Midwest (11), New England (14), Ohio Athletic (11) and Wisconsin Intercollegiate (18). Each weight class in La Crosse must have at least 16 entries.
• The city of Kearney, Neb., will play host to the Division II Wrestling Championships on March 11-12. Division II uses a regional format with four super regionals scheduled to be held Feb. 26-27 at: Gannon University in Pennsylvania; the University of Findlay in Ohio; Augustana College in South Dakota; and San Francisco State University in California. The top four finishers at each weight class qualify to travel to the championships in Kearney.
• Division I’s qualifying system underwent a makeover last season. Philadelphia will host 330 student-athletes who will come from one of 11 conferences/alliances. The final allocations will be announced before the qualifying meets with an additional group of at-large berths given at the conclusion of the qualifiers. Each weight class will include 33 athletes. A year ago, the Big Ten earned the most spots with 56 wrestlers earning a trip to nationals. The EIWA earned 41 with the Big 12 getting 37. Allocations are given based on an individual’s winning percentage, an RPI and a coaches’ ranking with the field for Philadelphia being set on March 9.
• Wartburg solidified its spot atop the Division III rankings with a 28-5 whipping of No. 3 Augsburg on Feb. 4. The Knights, who broke a four-match losing streak to the Auggies, finish the dual season at 19-1 led by junior 197 pounder Byron Tate (35-1) and senior heavyweight John Helgeson (35-4). Tate beat second-ranked Jared Massey 6-3 to start Friday’s victory. Tate and Helgeson are a combined 42-1 against Division III competition.
• Augsburg (7-5-1) and second-ranked Wisconsin-La Crosse (10-3-1) tied 17-17 on Feb. 6. UWL’s Mike Schmitz and AU’s Zach Molitor – the top two 174 pounders in DIII – wrestled to a 5-3 decision with Schmitz scoring a decisive reversal in the bout’s final 20 seconds. The five losses for the Auggies are the most in a season since 1987.
• A Friday showdown in Stillwater has No. 4 Oklahoma State playing host to No. 8 Boise State. Coach Greg Randall’s Broncos opened the season ranked No. 2 and are 10-2 in dual meets. Six undefeated wrestlers are expected to take the mat, highlighted by the top 133 pounders in the country – OSU’s Jordan Oliver (19-0) and BSU’s Andrew Hochstrasser (21-0). Oliver, a sophomore from Pennsylvania, finished fourth at the 2010 NCAA Championships while Hochstrasser, a senior from Utah, was fourth in 2009.
• No. 3 Penn State (15-1) will try and rebound from its first loss of the season when it faces No. 5 Minnesota in Minneapolis on Sunday. The Gophers (14-3) first must travel to No. 10 Michigan (10-3) Friday night where the top two 141 pounders should meet – Minnesota’s Mike Thorn (31-1) and the Wolverines’ Kellen Russell (27-0). Russell beat Thorn in the final of the Southern Scuffle in December.
• There are a pair of new faces to the top 10 team rankings this season. No. 6 Virginia Tech and No. 7 Rutgers are a combined 35-5 in duals this season.
• Virginia 174 pounder Chris Henrich improved to 25-1 this season and recorded his school-record 126th career win against Virginia Tech last Saturday. A two-time All-American from Lansdale, Pa., Henrich passed Mike Krafchick (116) on the career wins list earlier this season.
• Gannon (Pa.) senior 165-pounder Zack McKendree picked up his 102nd career win on Feb. 6. McKendree (26-5), ranked second in his region, needs just five wins to tie the all-time career wins record at the Division II program. The 18th-ranked Golden Knights have three duals remaining on the schedule before hosting one of four DII regionals.