NJCAA national wrestling tournament to stay in Minnesota

The North Idaho College wrestling team won't have the opportunity to compete in front of a hometown crowd for the 2007 National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament, but NIC Athletics Director Al Williams said he hasn't given up hope for 2010.
Following the submission of a bid from NIC and the Spokane Regional Sports Commission to host the tournament for a three-year run at the new Spokane Convention Center that is currently under construction, Williams received word today at the NJCAA national meeting in Charlotte, N.C., that the 2007-2009 national wrestling tournaments will remain at their current site in Rochester, Minn.
Rochester has hosted the national wrestling tournament since 1999 and was the only other prospective site bidding against NIC and the Spokane Regional Sports Commission.
“They told us that the bids were very close,” Williams said. “Rochester has done a good job and they have the history, so they were allowed to keep it.”
Although the NIC-Spokane Regional Sports Commission bid was not accepted, Williams said he was happy with a change made regarding the process for how future national tournament sites will be selected.
NIC and the sports commission presented their bid to the NJCAA National Tournament Committee yesterday. In future years, tournament bids will be presented to each sport's national committee prior to being presented to the National Tournament Committee, allowing coaches for each sport the opportunity to provide feedback about the national tournament site to the National Tournament Committee before any decisions are made.
Williams said that he plans to resubmit the NIC-Spokane Regional Sports Commission bid next time the national tournament wrestling site is up for bid, which is in 2010.

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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2005

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