Friday, November 20, 2009

Four AICUO Members, Including Defending Champion, 
Begin NCAA Division III Football Tournament Saturday

Mount Union sets out to defend its NCAA Division III football championship Saturday with three other AICUO members — Case Western Reserve, Mount St. Joseph and Wittenberg — out to wrest the title from them.

Winner of three of the last four national championships, and top seed in its bracket as undefeated champion of the Ohio Athletic Conference, Mount Union hosts Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) in its first round game at noon in Alliance.

The three other participants in the tourney are all in the bracket headed by frequent championship contender Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Case Western Reserve, undefeated champion of the University Athletic Association, returns to the tournament to host Trine (Ind.) at noon in Cleveland.

In the remaining game involving AICUO schools, Wittenberg hosts Mount St. Joseph at noon in Springfield. Mount St. Joseph was champion of the Heartland Conference, while undefeated Wittenberg took the crown of the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Follow the links for the games above for details, including ticket information.

-- Bob Burke