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Navy Advances to Semis In Battle of Highlight Videos

149-pound Raymond Borja scored a tech fall in helping lead the Mids to an upset win over nationally-ranked Maryland in College Park in January.

July 11, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy has successfully advanced to the semifinal round of the Best of Brand "Highlight Reel" competition in a collaborate effort organized by Elite Level Sports Marketing (ELSM) and the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). The sixth-seeded Midshipmen cruised past quarterfinals foe Buffalo and now faces in-state rival Maryland, who entered the competition as the No. 2 seed.

This award program initiative between the NWCA and ELSM will honor wrestling programs for their investment in marketing and continue to inspire coaches to engage in branding initiatives to strengthen support for their programs.

The criteria for determining the Highlight Reel award winner will feature two key elements: a panel of judges assessing annual performance (70%) and an online voting competition (30%).

Challenge Details and Voting
The Highlight Reel category voting will feature a "Battle Round" bracket challenge format. Teams will be paired based on their seeding and will battle head-to-head each day to advance in the competition. Each round of voting will be open for one day from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm EST, and the program must win that day's vote to advance to the next round. Access to the match-up polls will be available on the NWCA site: • VOTE HERE

• Day 1: Quarterfinals - Wednesday, July 10
• Day 2: Semifinals - Thursday, July 11
• Day 3: Finals - Friday, July 12

Finalists & Match-Ups
A committee selected the Highlight Reel finalists based on each video's quality, music/sound selection, graphics, and overall impact in regards to the award category. Based on these selections and respective seeding, the following match-ups will take place in the quarterfinal round.

#8 Duke def. #1 Minnesota
#2 Maryland def. #7 Iowa
#6 Navy def. #3 Buffalo
#5 WPI def. #4 Grand View



#8 Duke vs. #5 WPI
#6 Navy vs. #2 Maryland

For a brief glimpse of the nominated highlight videos, check out this YouTube "Highlight Reel" promo clip: CLICK HERE

The results for the Highlight Reel award will be announced at the 2013 NWCA Convention that will take place in Fort Lauderdale, FL from August 2-4. The winner will receive a custom framed awards poster and will be honored in a feature story that will be housed on the ELSM and NWCA sites.

For more information on the Highlight Reel category and/or the Best of Brand awards, visit the NWCA site: Additional information on other categories will be available soon.

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