MANHEIM, Pa. -- Mark Cody, president of the National Wrestling Coaches Association, announced Tuesday the eight host sites selected for the 2016 NWCA Division I National Championships Dual Series Presented by the United States Marine Corps and Titan Mercury Wrestling Club to be held on Sunday, Feb. 21.
The eight Big Ten host schools include current No. 1 Penn State, No. 2 Iowa, No. 8 Michigan, No. 9 Ohio State, No. 11 Nebraska, No. 12 Rutgers, No. 22 Indiana and No. 23 Minnesota.
“I’ve been thrilled with the extraordinary level of support this event has received from all participating coaches and administrations,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “Like any new concept, we’ve experienced some unanticipated challenges but the coaches and school administrators have been great at helping us navigate through these situations.”
The host Big Ten coaches were pleased with their selection for the new format of the national duals, which will feature the highest ranking Big Ten teams hosting the highest ranked dual meet champions from the seven other Division I wrestling conferences, along with one non-Big Ten at-large team to round out the field.
"We're really excited about the new format of the National Duals this season,” Michigan coach Joe McFarland said. “It's a great opportunity to match up a number of the top programs and showcase great dual meets across several campus sites. We're looking forward to hosting and to bring another quality home event to our fans."
"We’re happy to be hosting a dual for the NWCA Dual series,” Nebraska head coach Mark Manning said. “Our student-athletes look forward to a great challenge competitively and will represent Husker Nation!”
"One of our goals from the beginning of the season was to wrestle in an NWCA bowl match," Rutgers head coach Scott Goodale said. "We are excited for the opportunity to host another great opponent. The next two weeks become extremely important as we try to climb the Big Ten ladder to position ourselves as high as possible in the conference."
The selection of Rutgers as a host site was met with excitement from the university’s administration.
"We are very excited to host the NWCA National Championship Dual Series at the RAC," Rutgers Director of Athletics Patrick Hobbs said. "Our selection to this prestigious event is a credit to our student athletes, Coach Goodale, and his staff. The success of our wrestling program has generated tremendous support among our students, fans, donors and alumni. We look forward to offering this community an additional opportunity to share in this success."