Notre Dame College Adds Basketball Record Holder; Wrestling, Track Champions to Hall of Fame

Notre Dame College is honoring its first wrestling team and first track and field athlete to win national championships and the women’s basketball player who was the program’s all-time scoring leader for more than a decade.

The College has named its Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Notre Dame will induct the 2010 wrestling team, Michael Mannozzi and Amanda Blazetic February 18 in a 7 p.m. ceremony in the Performing Arts Center in the Administration Building on the College campus. The event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m.

Amanda Blazetic

With just three seasons with the women's basketball program, Blazetic is credited with playing an instrumental role in putting the program on the map.

She finished her College career as the all-time leading scorer in school history, a record that stood for 11 years until Martha Nagbe surpassed that mark last season.

Blazetic still holds program records in scoring average, 17.4 points per game; shooting percentage, at 59.9 percent; and rebounds per game, with 7.4. She also ranks among the top 10 of Notre Dame women’s basketball in steals per game and blocked shots. She is third all-time with 2.3 steals per game and 10th with 34 blocked shots.

Michael Mannozzi

Mannozzi won the 2010 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Indoor Track and Field National Championship in the 3,000-meter race walk with a time of 13.19.50, which was nearly 7 seconds better than the second place finisher.

The first track and field national champion at the College, Mannozzi also was the third Notre Dame athlete in the history of the institution to win a national championship of any kind.

Mannozzi also earned All-American status in the 5,000-meter race walk in outdoor track and field, with a time of 23:04.50 and was recognized as an NAIA Champion of Character.

2010 Wrestling Team

The College’s wrestling team in 2010 won Notre Dame’s first ever team national championship. The wrestlers defeated three Top 10 NAIA teams (No. 8 Oklahoma City, No. 4 McKendree-Ill. and No. 7 Missouri Valley) by a combined score of 97-15 to win the national duals. They produced three individual national champions, a national runner-up and 10 All-Americans.

In addition to the NAIA national title, the Falcons earned a 10-1 mark in dual meets that season, losing only to NCAA Division I Ohio State University, which was ranked No. 4 in the nation at the time. After that loss, Notre Dame won nine consecutive meets, winning by a combined 301-42 score in those victories.

In 2009-2010, the wrestling team did beat Division I Cleveland State University 42-3. The Falcons went 4-0 against Division III competition, defeating three ranked programs (Ashland, Findlay, and West Liberty-W. Va.). Notre Dame was 2-0 against Division III schools and 3-0 in NAIA competition. All three NAIA wins were in the national duals.

For more information and tickets to the 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony, contact Kenzie Hirschfeld (khirschfeld@ndc.edu) or order online at NotreDameCollege.edu/athletics/athletic-hall-of-fame.

A form to nominate students for future Athletic Hall of Fame consideration also is available on that webpage.

 

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

 

 

 

 

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