Four colleges have indicated they would like to host the 2012 Mat Mayhem Championship Round, but a final location will not be announced until qualifying teams are determined after this weekend, according to an announcement made by the National Wrestling Coaches Association Tuesday.
The schools that have placed bids with the NWCA for the championship round of Mat Mayhem — more formally known as the 2012 NWCA/Cliff Keen Division I National Dual Meet Championships — include University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, and Oklahoma State, contingent on qualifying for the championships. A fourth school — University of Northern Iowa — has also committed to hosting the championship round, even if the Panthers fail to qualify.
Northern Iowa had hosted the previous-format, all-division National Duals for a number of years, up through 2011.
On Tuesday the NWCA Board of Directors announced the location of the championships will be revealed at the conclusion of the Regional Qualifying Tournaments which take place Feb. 11-12 at four locations: Rutgers University (Sat., Feb. 11), Cornell University, Iowa State, and Oklahoma State (Sun., Feb. 12).
According to the NWCA, the selection committee will use various criteria to make its decision as to the championships site, including facility costs, accessibility of the venue for traveling teams, regional teams that qualify, and historical average spectator base of the host will all be considered.
NCAA.com previews and predictions for Regionals: In an article titled “No easy out at National Duals” posted Tuesday at NCAA.com, award-winning wrestling writer Roger Moore weighs in with his analysis of the teams and wrestlers participating this weekend’s four Mat Mayhem Regional Qualifying Tournaments, along with his predictions as to which schools may qualify for the Championships the following weekend.
Wan to know more? To read NWCA’s Tuesday press release concerning the 2012 Mat Mayhem Championship Round, click here.
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