UHD Wrestling Club Team Qualifies for NCWA Nationals
The UHD wrestling club team competed at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) Southwest Conference Championships on Feb. 29 at Richland College in Dallas, TX. Wrestlers were required to qualify for the conference championships by weighing in at three previous NCWA sanctioned wrestling meets.
For the first time since 2016, UHD had it’s best finish at the conference championship that includes two individual wrestlers becoming champions in their weight class. Students Jermal Sanders (184lbs.) and DJ Washington (heavy weight) came away with first place and automatically qualified for the NCWA National Championships. Jordan Salgado (149lbs.) finished in third place which also secured him a spot at the NCWA Nationals. Christian Brady and Manuel Pinon were able to receive at-large bids to secure their path towards mationals. The men’s club team finished fourth overall at the NCWA Southwest Conference Championships.
Jasmin Olvera (170lbs.) finished in second place in the women’s division and will be returning to NCWA Nationals for the third consecutive year. Jasmin has her sights set on becoming an NCWA All-American for the second consecutive year. Students Nancy Morgado and Raven Howes also received bids to NCWA Nationals for their first-time ever to represent the UHD women’s wrestling club team.
UHD advances eight wrestlers to the NCWA Nationals Championships, which is it’s highest number of qualifiers since 2018. The NCWA National Championships will be held March 12-14 at the Allen Events Center in Allen, TX.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.