It was a concept countless years in the making.
Bringing together NCAA, women's, high school, and youth national duals under one roof for fans across the nation to enjoy. A never done before wrestling spectacle.
HOW IT BEGAN:
Two years ago NUWAY executives hosted the Great Lakes Championships at the Allen County War Coliseum. It was a tournament that featured only eight mats in a massive expo center. Quickly after getting the VIP tour of the expo center, attached coliseum, and state of the art amenities, it was clear this could be the central location to draw the best wrestlers in the country.
HOW DOES AN EVENT LIKE MAT MAYHEM COME TO LIFE:
The NUWAY executive team knew this was something that one organization would be foolish to take on alone. NUWAY president Dave Dean and NWCA executives Mike Moyer and Pat Tocci put their resources together to pull off a highly successful year one of the Mat Mayhem event in Fort Wayne Indiana.
WHAT IS MAT MAYHEM:
It is exactly what it sounds like. Thirty four full sized mats will line the expo center floor in a site that will bring a tear to any die-hard wrestling fans eye. The event is three days, January 8-10, that will feature the NCAA II & III national duals, women's national duals, NJCAA nationals duals, NAIA national duals, NUWAY youth national duals, the Great Lakes Championships(youth individual tournament, high school duals, and a college open.
WHAT MAKES THIS EVENT SPECIAL:
It is the only wrestling event in the world that host the college national duals down to the youth national duals under one roof. Giving the best youth in the country the opportunity to wrestle side by side with the best in the NCAA II & III.
Anytime you have the official voice of wrestling, Sandy Stevens, at your event you know that you have the best in the country. This year Sandy is joined by another legendary announcer A.L. Haizlip.
Some of the high school elite in the midwest will be battling it out, including Michigan state champs Lowell and Richmond.
For the past two seasons, NUWAY has brought nearly 70 youth teams together to duke it out for the youth national dual title. These future NCAA stars are not phased by the college/high school guys and put on a show second to none last year.
WHAT IF I CAN'T BE THERE:
No worries! United Wrestling Clock with Track Wrestling will be bringing you a sharp and accurate live video stream of all 34 mats over the three day event. It will be easy to follow and all matches will be available for viewing minutes after each bout is complete.
BE THERE FOR YOURSELF TO WITNESS THIS SPECTACLE.
All the information you will need to know is in one spot at www.matmayhem.com.
THE BEST OF THE BEST COME TO WRESTLE.
In the second year of Mat Mayhem at the Allen County War Coliseum ALL of the defending champions and runner-ups are returning to defend the titles from 2015.
It is no secret that the other divisions in college wrestling often do not get 'The Show' that D1 often gets. The finals get moved into the Allen County War Coliseum from the Expo Center. The college finalists enter the coliseum in grand fashion with the mats lined with youth wrestlers from around the country cheering on the college wrestlers. All the youth action halts for college finals to allow the college final teams to put on a show and last year it was quite the show.
Lights! Camera! Action! This will be a finals shows that you will certainly remember for a long time to come.
2015 NATIONAL DUAL CHAMPIONS:
NCAA Division II
Marysville had a special run needed the last match of three duals to become the Division II champs, defeating Notre Dame, 16-15, in the finals.
NCAA Division III
Wartsburg rolled through the first three rounds before clipping Wisconsin-Whitewater in the finals 20-13, another dual that came down to the final bout of the dual.
Grandview of Iowa steamrolled the competition the opening rounds before defeating Southern Oregon, 23-13, in the finals.
Clackamas narrowly escaped the semi-finals with a 19-18 win over Ellsworth, before taking out Northeastern Oklahoma A & M, 26-18, for the Junior College team title. This was a very entertaining division in 2015.
King and Oklahoma City had a entertaining championship final with King coming out on top 24-17.
Michigan teams Lowell and Brighton showed their dominance by going undefeated in the six team pools.
Nearly 70 youth teams from around the country, including a girls youth division.
8U Champs(boys) SCWAY defeated PA Gold 29-20
10U Champs(boys) PA Gold defeated SCWAY 27-27
10U Champs(girls) Iowa goes 5-0
12U Champs(boys) PA Gold defeated PA White 50-3
14U Champs(boys) PA Gold defeats Iowa 47-9
14U Champs(girls) Illinois goes 5-0 dominating the field
The scene from the 2015 Mat Mayhem Expo Center. 2016 will feature 34 mats in the newly extended center.