Liberty's Joshua Llopez does a back somersault after winning the 174-pound national title at the NCWA Championships. Llopez took an 8-2 decision over Phil Marra of Penn State-New Kensington in the final. Liberty won its first NCWA title with 194 points. 
Liberty's Joshua Llopez does a back somersault after winning the 174-pound national title at the NCWA Championships. Llopez took an 8-2 decision over Phil Marra of Penn State-New Kensington in the final. Liberty won its first NCWA title with 194 points. 
Anthony McLaughlin (left, in blue) takes down Rochester's Wesley Schultz in the 184-pound final at the 2015 NCWA Championships in Allen, Texas. McLaughlin won, 13-8, and was one of three national champions from the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School along with Isaac Jimenez (125) and Alex Mossing (157).
Anthony McLaughlin (left, in blue) takes down Rochester's Wesley Schultz in the 184-pound final at the 2015 NCWA Championships in Allen, Texas. McLaughlin won, 13-8, and was one of three national champions from the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School along with Isaac Jimenez (125) and Alex Mossing (157).
The Liberty Flames won their first NCWA Championship with 194 points. The Flames had nine finalists in eight weight classes and had two individual champions in Most Outstanding Wrestler Ryan Diehl (141 pounds) and Joshua Llopez (174).
The Liberty Flames won their first NCWA Championship with 194 points. The Flames had nine finalists in eight weight classes and had two individual champions in Most Outstanding Wrestler Ryan Diehl (141 pounds) and Joshua Llopez (174).

Photos by Sam Janicki

2015 NCWA National Championships

2015 NCWA National Champions - (front row, from left, with weight class in parenthesis) Alex Mossing, U.S. Air Force Academy Prep (157); Ruger Piva, Montana Western (165); Nicholas Gil, U.S. Naval Academy Prep (149); Ryan Diehl, Liberty (MOW, 141); Zach Yates, Davenport (133); (back row) Joshua Llopez, Liberty (174); Anthony McLaughlin, U.S. Air Force Academy Prep (184); Daniel Hawkins, U.S. Naval Academy Prep (197); Stuart Maddox, North Florida (235); and Glenn Geurink, Davenport (285). Not pictured is Isaac Jimenez of the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep (125)

The NCWA welcomed 510 student-athletes to Allen, Texas, for 2015 Championships, making it the largest collegiate postseason tournament in the nation. The athletes shown here represent 31 states. The NCWA as a whole has 179 schools in 40 states across the country
The NCWA welcomed 510 student-athletes to Allen, Texas, for 2015 Championships, making it the largest collegiate postseason tournament in the nation. The athletes shown here represent 31 states. The NCWA as a whole has 179 schools in 40 states across the country
John Novak of the Penn State club (right) takes Wayne State College’s Robbie Thomsen to the mat during Thursday’s action at the NCWA Championships. Novak won the second-round consolation match, 4-2
John Novak of the Penn State club (right) takes Wayne State College’s Robbie Thomsen to the mat during Thursday’s action at the NCWA Championships. Novak won the second-round consolation match, 4-2
Gene Balcita of Liberty works to take down Jonah Whitt of the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School in a first-round match. Balcita used the move to win the match by fall in 2:42.
Gene Balcita of Liberty works to take down Jonah Whitt of the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School in a first-round match. Balcita used the move to win the match by fall in 2:42.
Ryan Diehl of Liberty (right) attacks Alexis Martinez of Glendale Community College with a single-leg takedown en route to a 16-0 tech fall during the semifinals of the 141-pound weight class. Liberty leads the NCWA Championships after two days with 176 points.
Ryan Diehl of Liberty (right) attacks Alexis Martinez of Glendale Community College with a single-leg takedown en route to a 16-0 tech fall during the semifinals of the 141-pound weight class. Liberty leads the NCWA Championships after two days with 176 points.
Ike Podell of Liberty (in red) evades a hold by Greg Williams of Massachusetts during a consolation match Friday. Podell won by fall in 2:47 to reach All-American status and advance to Saturday’s finals rounds.
 
Ike Podell of Liberty (in red) evades a hold by Greg Williams of Massachusetts during a consolation match Friday. Podell won by fall in 2:47 to reach All-American status and advance to Saturday’s finals rounds.
 

Championships (for larger view click on photos)

Round 1 and 2 (for larger view click on photos)