Hofstra to be host school for 2016 NCAA wrestling championships at MSG

Madison Square Garden on Nov. 26, 2011. Madison Square Garden on Nov. 26, 2011. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Bruce Bennett

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The NCAA announced Wednesday that Hofstra will be the hosting institution for the 2016 NCAA Division I wrestling championships, which will be held at Madison Square Garden for the first time.

The nationally televised three-day event, which includes the preliminary rounds through the championships, will be in March.

"Hofstra University is excited to be chosen as the host of the 2016 NCAA wrestling championships," Hofstra vice president and director of athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway said in a statement. "We are proud to partner with Madison Square Garden on this endeavor and thank the NCAA for choosing Hofstra."

During the host site announcement, the NCAA awarded 82 championships across multiple sports for the 2014-18 seasons. Nearly 2,000 applications were submitted, and sites were selected by the committees for each respective sport.

It will be the fourth time that the wrestling championships have been held in New York and first since 2002, when the event was in Albany.

The Hofstra wrestling program has produced 29 All-Americans since 1948, including Nick Gallo, the program's lone NCAA champion after his win at 126 pounds in 1976, and Chris Weidman, the current UFC middleweight champion who finished third in the 2007 NCAA championships.

"We are thrilled to be serving as both the host institution and host program for the 2016 NCAA Division I wrestling championships," Hofstra wrestling coach Rob Anspach said. "Our program has a 67-year history with many outstanding wrestlers during that time. Serving as host is a great tribute to all of our wrestlers throughout the years."

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