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LWC's Ruff named NAIA Wrestling National Coach of the Year

It is Ruff's first National Coach of the Year honor. The award was voted on by the coaches at the national championship and encompasses the entire 2016-17 season as well as the postseason competition.
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By Charles Balcom, Assistant Sports Information Director
News from Lindsey Wilson College

TOPEKA, KS (Sat 04 Mar 2017) - Lindsey Wilson College Wrestling head coach Corey Ruff has been named the 2017 NAIA Wrestling National Coach of the Year, officials from the national office announced on Saturday following the conclusion of the NAIA National Championships.

Ruff led to the Blue Raiders to a national runner-up finish at the 2017 NAIA National Championships, the highest team placement in program history. Lindsey Wilson racked up 74.5 total team points, second to only Grand View (Iowa), who captured the program's sixth-consecutive team national title in 2017 with 234.5 points.

It is Ruff's first National Coach of the Year honor. The award was voted on by the coaches at the national championship and encompasses the entire 2016-17 season as well as the postseason competition.

Earlier this season, Ruff led the Blue Raiders to the Mid-South Conference Championship/NAIA East Qualifier title for the third time in program history. There he was named the NAIA East Region Qualifier Coach of the Year. Lindsey Wilson also captured at least a share of the MSC regular season crown for the sixth year in a row since wrestling became a conference-sanctioned sport in the MSC.

Lindsey Wilson sent 11 grapplers to the national tournament field in 2017 with four capturing NAIA All-American honors and two finishing as the national runner-up in their respective weight classes.

Since creating the Blue Raider wrestling program from scratch in 2009-10, Ruff has turned in five top-five finishes at the national championships, including two fifths, a fourth, a third, and now a runner-up finish. He has coached 32 NAIA All-Americans and five national champions in his time at the helm of the program.

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