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Spartan Wrestling Poster Named No. 1 Seed in NWCA `Better Than Good Graphic' Competition

June 3, 2014

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The 2013-14 Spartan wrestling poster advanced to the finals of the NWCA "Better than Good Graphic" competition.

MSU earned a first-round bye in the 12-team bracket, defeated No. 9 Cornell in Tuesday's quarterfinal matchup, and edged No. 5 Minnesota in Wednesday's semifinals before falling in the finals to Western State Colorado.

The 2013-14 Michigan State wrestling poster was named the No. 1 seed in the National Wrestling Coaches Association "Better than Good Graphic" competition in the college division.

View all of the finalists and poll results at

In collaboration with Elite Level Sports Marketing (ELSM), the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) announced eight finalists in the Best of Brand "Better than Good Graphic" category in the College Division.

The programs that were announced as finalists by the committee were the following: Cornell, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Stanford, Virginia, and Western Colorado State.

"The seeding in this category was extremely tight based on the quality of submissions," said ELSM CEO Coyte Cooper. "From No. 1 to No. 12, all of these entries are competitive and everyone has a shot of winning at this point. The voting will be critical for determining the top 3 and the eventual winner."

This "Better Than Good Graphic" category recognizes programs for developing a unique graphic that helped build their brand during the 2013-14 season.

"It is critical that our coaches are constantly working to build interest surrounding their programs," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "Marketing has been one of our top priorities for growing the sport and these programs are making investments that help increase interest."

The criteria for determining the "Better than Good Graphic" award winner will feature two key elements: a panel of judges assessing annual performance (70%) and an online voting competition (30%). The online voting component will include 15% allocated to the actual vote totals and 15% to the creativity of campaign during the Battle Round voting.

A committee selected the "Better than Good Graphic" finalists based on each submissions quality and overall impact in regards to the award category. The twelve finalists include:

#1: Michigan State
#2: Northwestern
#3: Illinois
#4: Oklahoma State
#5: Minnesota
#6: Iowa
#7: Purdue
#8: Stanford
#9: Cornell
#10: Virginia
#11: Western Colorado State
#12: North Carolina

The results for the "Better than Good Graphic" award will be announced at the 2014 NWCA Convention that will take place in Fort Lauderdale, FL from August 1st-3rd. 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 "Better than Good Graphic" category and/or the Best of Brand awards, visit the NWCA site:



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