Event Recap, 2018 USQRA Wheelchair Rugby National Champions, Phoenix, AZ, April 19 through the 21.

2018 Wheelchair Rugby National Championships

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Two new USQRA Wheelchair Rugby National Champions have been crowned.

40 games and three days later, the University of Arizona Wildcats won their first ever D1 Wheel Chair Rugby National Championship. The Grand Rapids Thunder won their first ever D2 championship.

UofA defeated the Ability360 Heat in the D1 championship game by a final score of 55-44. The Wildcats’ star Daisuke Ikezaki was named the D1 tournament Most Valuable Player.

The Thunder defeated the Northridge Knights 58-52. Matt Milstead of the Thunder was the D2 MVP.

The 2017 champs Ability360 Heat finished second with the Texas Stampede placing third in the division 1. In division 2, the Northridge Knights placed second and the MedStar Punishers placed in third.

This is the second year that Ability360 has hosted the USQRA Wheel Chair Rugby Nationals. VMI Vans was gracious enough to host the successful event that featured a full house all three days.

Ability360 would like to thank the incredible volunteers from VMI Vans and Bank of America. If you’d like more coverage from the weekend, check out Sports ‘N Spokes Magazine and the Ability360 Sports and Fitness Center Facebook page.

2018 Wheelchair Rugby National Championships

Event Recap

by Matt Lively

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Score Board - - Saturday, April 21

Division I

Shepherd - vs - Tampa 
7th / 8th Game
56- 51

Denver - vs - Portland
5th / 6th Game 
55 - 42

Texas - vs - Minnesota 
3rd / 4th Game
55- 51

U of A - vs - 360Heat 
Championship Game
55- 44

Division II

Chicago - vs - Cali Storm 
7th / 8th Game
47- 36

Magee Eagles - vs - NorCal 
5th / 6th Game
33- 50

MedStar - vs - AbilityKC 
3rd / 4th Game
46- 39

Northridge - vs - Grand Rapids 
Championship Game
52- 58

Score Board - - Friday, April 20

Division I

Portland - vs - Tampa
3rd Pool A - vs - 4th Pool B 
57 - 41

Texas - vs - 360Heat 
1st Pool B - vs - 2nd Pool A 
41 - 49

Shepherd - vs - Denver 
4th Pool A - vs - 3rd Pool B 
44 - 52

U of A - vs - Minnesota 
1st Pool A - vs - 2nd Pool B 
50 - 43

Division II

Grand Rapids - vs - MedStar 
1st Pool B - vs - 2nd Pool A 
48 - 36

Chicago - vs - NorCal 
3rd Pool A - vs - 4th Pool B 
45 - 52

Cali Storm - vs - Magee Eagles 
4th Pool A - vs - 3rd Pool B 
48 - 54

Northridge - vs - AbilityKC 
1st Pool A - vs - 2nd Pool B 
55 - 43