Regional Proposal Sent to Coaches

The NCAA Division III Wrestling Committee has sent a regional proposal to coaches and administrator for a vote and comment period in advance of the NWCA Convention August 4-6. All regions in the proposal have either 17 or 18 teams. Conference affiliation and team strength were two important factors used in creating the proposal. This proposal will be voted on and discussed before a final proposal is sent to the NCAA Division III Championships Committee for approval in September.

The wrestling committee is composed of:
Ron Beaschler, Head Coach, Ohio Northern
Roger Crebs, Head Coach, Lycoming
Scott Honecker, Head Coach, Williams
Dave Kemmy, Athletic Director, Roger Williams (term ends 8/31/17)
Nathan Shearer, Head Coach, Washington & Lee
Jeff Swenson, Athletic Director, Augsburg
Eric Van Kley, Head Coach, Central

Here is the roster for the Division III Championships Committee.

2017-2018 Regional Alignment ProposalMap of Schools by Region

Lower Midwest (17) Upper Midwest (17) Central (18)
Augustana Augsburg Adrian
Buena Vista Concordia Wisconsin Alma
Central Concordia-Moorhead Baldwin Wallace
Coe Eau Claire CWRU
Cornell Elmhurst Heidelberg
Hungtingdon La Crosse John Carroll
Loras Lakeland Manchester
Luther MSOE Mount St. Joseph
MacMurray Oshkosh Mount Union
Millikin Pacific Muskingum
Nebraska Wesleyan Platteville Ohio Northern
North Central St. John’s Olivet
Simpson St. Olaf Otterbein
University of Dubuque Stevens Point Thomas More
University of the Ozarks University of Chicago Trine
Wartburg Wheaton Wabash
Westminster Whitewater Washington & Jefferson
Southeast (18) Mideast (17) Northeast (17)
Averett Brockport Bridgewater State
Delaware Valley Centenary Castleton
Ferrum Cortland Coast Guard
Gettysburg Elizabethtown Johnson & Wales
Greensboro Hunter New England College
Hampden-Sydney Ithaca Norwich
Johns Hopkins Keystone NYU
King’s Merchant Marine Plymouth State
Lycoming Mount St. Vincent Rhode Island
McDaniel Muhlenberg Roger Williams
Messiah Oneonta Southern Maine
Penn College Oswego Springfield
Penn State Behrend RIT Trinity
Southern Virginia Scranton Wesleyan
Thiel Stevens Institute Western New England
Washington & Lee TCNJ Williams
Wilkes Ursinus WPI


  • Jason Schweer says:

    The Stevens Point under Mideast should be Stevens Institute (SIT), I assume.

  • Matt says:

    How is Del Val in the southeast when Ursinus is more South than it?

  • Observer says:

    Where is York College?

  • Steve Bird says:

    Upper Midwest is stacked with all of the WIAC plus Augsburg, plus Elmhurst and Wheaton, plus the 2 Concordia’s! No way is that not the toughest region by far! Looks like the committee is trying to hand Wartburg 10 qualifiers every year.

  • BA says:

    Conference affiliation and team strength were two important factors used in creating the proposal. Del Val had to stay with the MAC conference. Also NYU has only one other team in their conference which is Chicago and based on their strength they were put into Northeast over a few other team that may have been a little closer to the Northeast region would be my guess.

  • PopDaBubble says:

    Finally a regional layout that at least makes sense. Agreed the Upper Midwest is the deepest and toughest regional but not so sure Wartburg wouldn’t qualify 10 guys in any of the regionals. Sorry Augsburg looks like no more cake walks for you

  • Jon Gremmels says:

    Based on 2017 points, Lower Midwest has the most, with Upper Midwest and Mideast quite a bit behind but very close to each other for No. 2. After another gap come Southeast and Northeast, with new Central (old Midwest) bringing up the rear. The latter region goes from one of the toughest to the weakest (based on 2017 points). Wabash has to like the new alignment.

  • Jon Gremmels says:

    Following up on previous post, Wartburg puts up a lot of points in its region, though fewer than half. Addition of the WIAC schools makes the Upper Midwest much tougher, and one could argue that the WIAC schools had a down year last season. Wabash scored almost three times as many points last year as any other team in the new Central. Based on team placing, Mideast is impressive with 7-10 placers Cortland, Brockport, Ithaca and Stevens. Southeast has three of the top 16 (Messiah, fifth; Delaware Valley, 13th; and Lycoming, 16th). Johnson and Wales scored almost double any other team in the Northeast, which has two other top 20 placers from 2017: NYU and Southern Maine. Obviously a lot of schools lose a lot of points with seniors graduating, so it would be interesting to see 2017 point totals minus graduates.

  • dawglover says:

    No matter what PopDaBubble says Upper Midwest will be the toughest if this stays like that

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