SCSU Maintains Number One Spot in DII Poll

St. Cloud State will take the favorite’s role into next week’s NCAA Division II national tournament after the Huskies stayed No. 1 in the final Division II Wrestling Coaches Association poll of the season.

SCSU, the Super Regional III champion that had been the unanimous No. 1 pick the previous three rankings, earned five of the eight first-place votes in balloting of head coaches from around the country to finish with 156 points and top the poll.

SCSU HuskiesSuper Regional II titleist Notre Dame (Ohio) received two first-place votes and is a close second with 153 points, while defending national champion and Super Regional IV winner Nebraska-Kearney jumped from seventh to third with 139 points and the remaining first-place vote.

Seven-time Division II national champion and Super Regional II runner-up Central Oklahoma is fourth with 138 points and Super Regional I winner Newberry (S.C.) fifth with 133 points. Rounding out the top 10 is Pittsburgh-Johnstown (Pa.), Upper Iowa, Adams State (Colo.), Grand Canyon (Ariz.) and Minnesota State-Mankato.

Individually, SCSU senior Shamus O’Grady maintained his spot at #1 in the nation at 184-pounds, while teammate Jacob Kahnke gained the top spot in the poll at 285-pounds after his title win at the NCAA regional on Feb. 24.

SCSU wrestlers moving up in the poll included Eric Forde, who is now ranked second at 125-pounds and Andy Pokorny, who moves up to #2 in the nation at 133-pounds. Jacob D. Horn gained the fifth spot at 149-pounds this week while Clint Poster moved up to #2 in the poll at 157-pounds for the Huskies.

The 2013 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships will be held March 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala. as part of the Division II Winter Sports Festival.

Division II Coaches Association Team & Individual Rankings – February 28, 2013