EAS NWCA Division I National Duals set for Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 16-17

By Jason Bryant NWCA | Feb. 03, 2014, 12:01 p.m. (ET)

Manheim, Pa. -- The National Wrestling Coaches Association will hold the EAS Sports Nutrition NWCA National Duals presented by Hibiclens and the United States Marine Corps in honor of Cliff Keen on February 16-17 at Ohio State University's St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The competition will feature 14 top NCAA Division I wrestling programs in a dual meet advancement tournament to crown a national dual champion. This year’s field includes Bloomsburg, Central Michigan, Chattanooga, Cornell, Hofstra, Illinois, Iowa State, Kent State, Minnesota, North Dakota State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon State and Virginia Tech.

“We are excited about the pool of teams in this year’s field,” said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. “We have diverse programs from all across Division I. And by holding the event at a campus like Ohio State, we can engage not only the local wrestling fan base, but also students and faculty who are new to wrestling.”

EAS is this year's title sponsor for the event. The brand develops sports nutrition products that help athletes and fitness enthusiasts at any level play hard and recover strong. Through protein powders, nutrition bars, ready-to-drink shakes and an energy beverage, EAS offers a diverse line-up of products backed by science and certified as safe and clean.

"Proper nutrition is critical for athletes to perform at their best," said Keith Wheeler, Ph.D., global director of Performance Nutrition Research at Abbott, a health care company that makes EAS products. "By partnering with NWCA, we're able to work directly with the wrestling community and help athletes and coaches use nutrition to improve three major areas: training, competition and recovery."

First-round action begins at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 17, followed by consolation matches at 5 p.m. and quarterfinals at 7 p.m. The championship semifinals will start at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 17 with the finals set for 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.nwcaonline.com and select National Duals under the Events Menu.

About the NWCA

Founded in 1928, the NWCA strives to promote and provide leadership for the advancement of amateur wrestling, primarily at the scholastic and collegiate levels. The association is headquartered in Manheim, Pa. The three core competencies are coaching development, student-wrestler welfare, and promotion/advocacy.  The NWCA has 10,000 members and educational programs that serve 230,000 students each year.

About EAS Sports Nutrition

Abbott, a global health care company and maker of EAS products, has more than 85 years of innovation in leading-edge nutritional science. Whether you are an elite athlete, fitness enthusiast or weekend warrior, EAS develops performance nutrition products that can help you play hard and recover strong. A brand you can trust, EAS and its team of scientists, researchers and all-around fitness enthusiasts take pride in making products that are impactful, clean and safe – so you can keep pushing yourself to the next level. Visit EAS.com or facebook.com/EASbrand.

About the United States Marine Corps

On November 10, 1775, the Marine Corps was established by the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Since then, the Marine Corps, through service on land, in air, and at sea, have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term “Marine” has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.  Whether facing our nation’s foes or conducting humanitarian relief and disaster recovery operations at home or abroad, today’s Marine Corps stands ready to continue in the same proud tradition of faithful service to the United States.  For more information, visit http://www.Marines.com.

About Hibiclens

Hibiclens is an antiseptic antimicrobial skin cleanser possessing bactericidal properties that can be part of an effective defense for preventing the spread of skin infections.  Its active ingredient works in a unique way — it kills germs on contact and bonds to the skin to keep killing microorganisms up to 6 hours after washing. Hibiclens® has been proven to kill MRSA (in vitro) and other staph infections.

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